Neuroendocrine Control of Systems Physiology

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The course will explore the interaction between neural and endocrine systems in the regulation of the major systems and functions of the body, particularly in the context of exercise, stress and disease.   Students will examine how theoretical knowledge from scientific literature is transferred to a variety of situations including clinical applications and personal decisions about diet and exercise.  The course will also promote critical thinking and analysis skills by reading and analyzing both media and primary research articles.  Topics would include control by the autonomic nervous system, central nervous system and neuroendocrine axis of energy homeostasis (food intake and nutrient disposition), body temperature, the cardiovascular system, blood pressure, breathing and reproductive behavior.  The topics will be considered within the context of varying demands including stress, exercise, growth and development, disease, genetic variation and emotion.

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