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330.802.01 Seminar On Aging, Cognition and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Mental Health
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
George Rebok
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2017 - 2018

Addresses age-related cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders that are of particular importance with the rapid expansion of the aging population. Focuses on the major domains of cognition and comparison of the age-related changes that occur in each cognitive domain. Includes emphasis on contrasting the major neurodegenerative disorders related to age and describing the clinical presentation and pattern of cognitive change in each condition. Participants address current strategies for maximizing cognitive function with age and treatment strategies for the primary neurodegenerative disorders. Participants examine and identify gaps in knowledge and research approaches to fill these gaps. Explores concepts of cognitive systems, animal and imaging models, and selective pathological change with age and disease.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe biomarkers that have been examined in neurodegenerative disorders, including: imaging, cerebrospinal fluid, and blood biomarkers
  2. Review the genetic causes and/or risks for the major neurodegenerative diseases
  3. Name animal models of neurodegenerative disorders and how they can be used to examine new approaches to treatment
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation 30%; term paper 70%

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:
For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral students from A&S, SPH and SOM students participating in the NIA Training Program on Age-Related, Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Disorders are required to take this course.