Suggestions for obtaining research project funding. Evaluation criteria of research projects. Principal funding sources (national and international). Description of the principal journals in the area of psychiatry, drug use disorders, neuroscience, neurology, and pharmacology. Recommendations for writing a scientific article. Principal databases of bibliography search. Employment of IT tools.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Update, consolidate, integrate, and evaluate new knowledge in translational neuropsychopharmacology to improve academic, research, and professional activity using continuous self-learning techniques and critical analysis.
- Understand the relevance of the results obtained from animal experimentation in advancing therapeutic management of patients with psychiatric and neurological diseases.
- Possess and understand theoretical-practical and computer knowledge that permits designing studies in the area of translational neuropsychopharmacology.
- Develop sufficient autonomy to join groups of basic and clinical research in the area of neuropsychopharmacology.
- Learn how to express the results obtained in multidisciplinary contexts in the area of translational neuropsychopharmacology orally and in writing.
- Acquire the necessary skills to develop academic, professional, and research activities in the area of translational neuropsychopharmacology.
- Know the most important brain circuits involved in the main neurological and psychiatric diseases.
- Learn the most relevant properties of drug-receptor molecular interaction and their involvement in translational neuropsychopharmacology.
- Know the main tools employed in the evaluation of the functional activity of receptors and neurotransmitters.
- Identify the therapeutic groups and targets on which drugs used in the treatment of the main neurological and psychiatric diseases act.
- Know the main animal models used in the study of affective disorders, addictions, and the main neurological diseases.
- Know and apply the guidelines of therapeutic recommendation for the main neurological and psychiatric diseases.
- Be capable of discussing clinical findings and the use of diagnostic techniques in representative clinical cases of the main psychiatric and neurological diseases.
- Learn to use computer and documentation tools for updating research knowledge in translational neuropsychopharmacology.
- Learn to discriminate and compare scientific information for reviewing studies or developing research that helps to improve scientific knowledge of translational neuropsychopharmacology and make decisions based on scientific evidence.
- Promote continuous learning as a tool for updating knowledge related to translational neuropsychopharmacology.
- Understand the general principles of translational research in neuropsychopharmacology.
- Learn to use the information from functional targets obtained from animal models and clinical studies bidirectionally.
- Learn to design and plan research projects in the area of translational neuropsychopharmacology.
- Acquire the necessary capabilities to disseminate the knowledge obtained in clinical studies and trials with animal models in the form of scientific articles with an international impact.
- Know and correctly apply the computer tools of scientific documentation and literature to develop research projects and scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology.
- Know the basic aspects of computerized statistical analysis applied to studies in the area of translational neuropsychopharmacology.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- Know and understand the different sections of a research project.
- Know the different national and international foundation entities.
- Know how to use the different data basis used in the bibliographic reference search.
- Know different bibliographic references management programmes.
- Know the different evaluation agencies' value criteria to review research projects.
- Know and develop the different sections that are part of a scientific article.
- Know the scientific magazine classification and the review criteria for selecting correct one.
- Adquire the knowledge needed to successfully response to the reviewers' critiques.
Methodology and grading
- Test (55 % of the final note of the subject): 20 multiple choice questions that will be answered on-line the selected day (previously indicated in the schedule). Preparation of a scientific article or a research project (45 % of the final score ). Topass the subject will be necessary to prepare the article or research project and that the score of the test is equal or superior to 5 over 10.