Drugs and Addiction

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

Students will obtain insight in the neurobiological, clinical and
socio-economical aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and critically
discuss and evaluate a current hot topic in addiction

Inhoud vak

Addiction is the most widely occurring psychiatric disorder, which
continues to extract enormous human and financial costs on our western
society. The central feature of drug addiction is compulsive drug use,
i.e. loss of control over apparently voluntary acts of drug seeking and
drug taking. Currently, the leading view on addiction is that repeated
drug consumption by vulnerable individuals (genotype) causes compulsive
drug-seeking behaviour (phenotype) due to long-lasting neurobiological
changes in the brain. Whereas numerous compounds (with or without
cognitive therapy), have been tested clinically in the past, available
treatments are as yet inadequate for most people and the risk of relapse
to active drug use remains very high (80-90%), even after extended
periods of abstinence. Against this background, the course will allow
students to become familiar with the epidemiology, psychology,
neurobiology, psychopharmacology and therapy of addictive behaviour with
a focus on nicotine, psychostimulant, heroin, cannabis and alcohol
addiction as well as compulsive gambling. Political and societal aspects
of addictive behaviour will also be addressed.


Lectures, workshops, site-visits and self-tuition


Individual essay which accounts for 70% of final mark and written mid-
term exam which accounts for 30% of final mark.


Primary literature: links to scientific papers will be provided in


3rd year bachelor Health Sciences and related bachelor programmes

Overige informatie

Course coordinators:
Dr. L. Diergaarde, department of Anatomy and Neurosciences,
VU university medical center
Dr. T. Pattij, department of Anatomy and Neurosciences, VU university
medical center
Various teachers from within our university and guest lecturers from
other universities and institutes will provide lectures in the course.

Dit vak is onderdeel van een minor en heeft een maximaal aantal
deelnemers. Studenten die de hele minor doen, hebben voorrang.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

Due to limited number of places available for the site-visits, preregistration for participation in the site-visits may be required. Information for this registration procedure will be posted on Canvas.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Basic neuroscience knowledge

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1032
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. T. Pattij
Examinator dr. T. Pattij
Docenten dr. T. Pattij
dr. L. Diergaarde

Praktische informatie

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