NEUROSCIENCE 301 - Research Methods in Neuroscience - at Duke Kunshan University


What is this course about?
Neuroscience is a branch of the life sciences devoted to studying the structure and/or function of the nervous system and brain. Thus, research methods in the field range in a broad spectrum from molecular/cellular to behavioral and are all guided by the principle of the scientific method. In this course, we will learn some of the basic laboratory techniques used in neuroscience research, serving as an appetizer for those students who will pursue the neuroscientific career, and will promote open-mindedness and critical thinking in the context of developing strategies to solve a scientific problem.

Instructor’s information
Dr. Pedro Rada is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at Duke Kunshan University. He received his MD and Neurology Specialty from Universidad de los Andes and later his PhD in Medical Sciences Neuroscience Mention from Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. He worked 5 years as a post-doctoral fellow and then 15 years as a visiting researcher and professor at Princeton University. His research focuses on the reward mechanisms of feeding behavior and drug addiction. While studying both behaviors he found that feeding could become pathological (addiction) if the right conditions were presented, thus showing that animals could get addicted to sugar. Other lines of research are linked to his medical background, incorporating the study of basic mechanisms in diseases such as: Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and depression. His research articles appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews and Frontiers in Psychiatry.
Contact information: IB Room 3005
Office hours: Monday to Wednesday 2:15-4:00 pm; IB Room 3005; Zoom link:

Oct. 26, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020 / MoTuWeTh 16:15-17:30
Academic credit: 4 units

Course format: lecture + discussion (MoTuWe); seminar (Th), lab (TBA)