Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

Weblinks for Cells, chemicals and the mind

The human brain, neurones and their interactions

A set of animations explaining, at different levels of detail, how signals are transmitted between neurons.
http://brainu.org/movies

Links to well chosen sites for teaching neuroscience.
http://www.ndgo.net/sfn/nerve/

Brain Briefings is a newsletter series explaining how basic neuroscience discoveries lead to clinical applications. Brain Briefings is published during the academic year and prepared for a lay audience.
http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainbriefings_main

Parkinson’s disease

NHS direct information on Parkinson’s disease

The Parkinson's Disease Society has information for patients and details of research into the disease.

Recreational drugs

http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk/index.php?pid=99
A 2008 report from the Academy of Medical sciences about drugs and the brain, both legal and illegal

http://drugs.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs-laws/acmd/
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs reports contain scientific and social data on illegal drugs in use in the UK prepared to advise the government, though they often do not take its advice.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
provides a wide range of information on addictions

Mental illness

Mind provides information and support for sufferers of different mental illnesses.

http://www.abpi.org.uk/publications/publication_details/targetDepression/intro.asp
Useful information from ABPI on depression, including diagnosis and treatment

http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&r=true&o=10958
NICE guidelines on treating depression

http://www.who.int/whr/2001/en/index.html
World Health Report 2001 from WHO, on global mental health issues

A system for GPs to help them diagnose depression, from WHO
http://www.gp-training.net/protocol/psychiatry/who/whodep.htm

The DSM list of mental illnesses and their defining symptoms

The Royal College of Psychiatrists provides a wide range of information on different mental illnesses

Enhancing brain performance with drugs

POST note on cognitive enhancers
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn285.pdf

An article on the ethical issues raised by cognitive enhancing drugs reprinted from the Lancet

An overview essay from the National Institute for Medical Research.

A detailed summary of cognitive enhancers of all types from the UK Government Foresight programme.

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This is a short list which will be added to as we find more resources. Please tell Maja Melendez if you find any that you want to share.