The overarching goal of the “Translational Neuroscience” course is to enhance the learner’s attitudes towards neuroscience and its applications towards clinical psychiatry. In these interactive sessions, participants independently review a clinical case and develop a treatment plan. As a group, they discuss the various current treatment options as well as their current limitations. Participants then break up into small groups – each reviewing a different article on a new approach to treatment informed by cutting-edge neuroscience. They then report back on what they learned (using a worksheet guide) as part of a larger group discussion.
The supplementary articles chosen for this course demonstrate how current neuroscience work could change the way we think about treating our patients in the future. Through this learning module we are able to think about what’s interesting & exciting about neuroscience and what could have the potential to change the field. As with many of the articles/ideas we review during the course, the majority will probably not pan out — that’s okay. The goal is to think about the ways in which current neuroscience has the potential to reshape our field.