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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: George Rebok
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe biomarkers that have been examined in neurodegenerative disorders, including: imaging, cerebrospinal fluid, and blood biomarkers
Review the genetic causes and/or risks for the major neurodegenerative diseases
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%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

consent is required for everyone

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Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral students from A&S, SPH and Medicine students participating in training grant on age-related, cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2015-2016