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Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Monique Stins
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Monique Stins

Covers the origin of specific cells of the central nervous system, immune functions of CNS cells, and trafficking of leukocytes into the CNS with mention of relevant anatomy (blood, brain, barrier, etc). Discusses monocytes, T cells, B cells, cytokines, chemokines, metalloproteinases, and prostaglandins. Explores how these mediators contribute to development, plasticity and pathology of the CNS. Presentations address multiple sclerosis, Creutzfeld and Jacob disease, HIV dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain how the immune system and cellular brain components contribute to neurological disease
Describe the types and effector functions of resident and peripheral immune cells in the human brain, in health and disease

Methods of Assessment: Course participation and a final exam.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Thursday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: Basic knowledge of biology
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Basic knowledge of brain anatomy, physiology and biology.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016