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The Campus Coffee Shop
Since caffeine is a widely used substance, especially by college age students, this case on the effects of caffeine on the human body serves as a real-world connection to many students’ lives. The case is divided into sections covering background information on caffeine, cell biology and signal transduction, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular effects, and addiction/withdrawal. The case was designed so that a section can be used alone or in combination with other sections, as dictated by topic/curriculum needs. It would be appropriate for use in a variety of science and health related courses, including anatomy and physiology, disease related courses, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience.
|Keywords:||Caffeine; receptor function; adenosine receptor; signal transduction; cell signaling; Parkinson's disease; neurotransmitters; vasoconstriction; catecholamine; blood pressure; substance use; caffeine addiction; caffeine withdrawal; experimental design|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Cell Biology Molecular Biology Biochemistry Physiology Neuroscience Genetics / Heredity|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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