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Seminar On Aging, Cognition and Neurodegenerative Disorders

3rd term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
George Rebok
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2023 - 2024

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. Addresses current strategies for maximizing cognitive function with age and treatment strategies for the primary neurodegenerative disorders. Examines and identifies 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. Classify the major neurodegenerative disorders related to age and describe their clinical presentation
  2. Discuss the neuropathological findings associated with major neurodegenerative disorders
  3. Review challenges associated with clinical trials in neurodegenerative disease
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 70% Paper(s)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

All students must receive consent.

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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.