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Clinical Neuroscience Research (CLRS90016)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCLRS90016
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Topics covered include:

  • Frontiers in clinical neuroscience research
  • Expert briefings on the current research questions in epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism, stroke and multiple sclerosis
  • Research methods in clinical neurological genetics
  • How animal models can inform clinical neuroscience research
  • Research methods in clinical neuropharmacology
  • Brain development
  • Neuroplasticity and neurotrophic factors research
  • Research methods in neurodegenerative disorders
  • Clinical trials methods
  • How clinical research informs basic research and vice-versa
  • Research methods in neurological epidemiology
  • Research methods in neurological rehabilitation
  • Translation of clinical research findings into practice

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • Have a high-level understanding of the major activities involved in planning clinical research methodologies applicable to problems in neurological disease;
  • Have a sound knowledge of the overlap with basic science advances across the neuroscience field and a good understanding of clinical synergies;
  • Have gained insights into the broad "hot topics" in neuroscience research and be able to generate useful discussions and ideas;
  • Be able to analyse and critically appraise the clinical and basic neuroscience literature in a chosen topic of interest;
  • Be able to apply this knowledge through creating new ideas for clinical research projects;
  • Be able to work in teams and effectively communicate clinical research findings;
  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding of various advanced clinical research techniques that have broad application to many areas of neuroscience;
  • Understand clinical research applications of brain imaging techniques;
  • Understand the need for multi-disciplinary integration in clinical research and be able to establish appropriate collaborations across disciplines;
  • Have gained insights into current research applications of these techniques across the various neuroscience disciplines;
  • Be able to develop innovative strategies to investigate clinical neuroscience research questions to pursue in response to particular neurological problems; and
  • Have achieved a level of competency enabling them to create and conduct high quality clinical neuroscience research projects from the original concept through to submission of competitive research proposals.

Last updated: 19 October 2018