Key Facts

Module Title: Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain
Mode of Study:Single Module
Contact Details:01782 734551
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Module Learning Outcomes/Objectives

The student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the physiological processes involved in acute and chronic pain
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the neural pathways of nociception as well as the processes of central and peripheral sensitisation
  • Understanding the impact of the physiological changes induced by injury and pain to the patient’s symptoms and their presentation
  • Understand the basic principles of endogenous pain modulation and the physiology of these systems
  • Understand the role of major neurotransmitters in nociception and pain

Module Session Dates

Session dates 19-21 March 2019

Module Aims

  • To develop knowledge of the peripheral and central pathways of pain
  • To demonstrate understanding of the physiological processes involved in peripheral and central sensitisation
  • To understand the endogenous pathways of pain modulation
  • To understand the pharmacology of main neurotransmitters and pharmaceuticals involved in pain modulation and their physiological actions
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the physiological differences between the various types of clinical pain syndromes

Entry Requirements

The course is aimed primarily at those with a practical and/or theoretical interest in physiology and pharmacology relating to pain science and the management of pain. Candidates should normally have a first or second-class honours degree in a relevant professional or academic area.

Module Content

Anatomy and physiology of acute and chronic pain. Review of neurophysiological processes involved in the processing of pain and its modulation by the central nervous system. Biology of major neurotransmitters and receptors involved in nociception. Development of chronic pain. Physiology of various pain modulation systems. Explorations of clinical pain syndromes and their particular characteristics. Understanding of the processes involved in nociception and chronic pain.

Teaching Format

Block sessions:  Lecturers, seminars, discussion sessions and tutorials

Assessment Type

4,000 word essay