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Seminar On Aging, Cognition and Neurodegenerative Disorders

East Baltimore
4th term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor s:
George Rebok
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2021 - 2022

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 neuropathological changes associated with aging and with disease.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss models of improving care for patients with dementia
  2. Describe biomarkers that have been examined in neurodegenerative disorders, and how they may be used to improve the conduct of clinical trials
  3. Review the genetic causes and/or risks for the major neurodegenerative diseases
  4. Discuss animal models of neurodegenerative disorders and how they can be used to find improved treatments for patients
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation 30%; term paper 70%

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

consent is required for everyone

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Special Comments:

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral students from A&S, SPH and Medicine students participating in training grant on age-related, cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders.