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Course Overview

In this course, you’ll explore the several specific neuropathological events that occur due to different brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis.

 

You’ll consider the available treatments currently available for these diseases and learn about new lines of research that are ongoing to combat neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Basic concepts about aging and diseases, collecting information about neurodegenerative disorders and their impact on our society.
  • Normal aging, and its impact on the brain compared with a pathological disorder.
  • Organization of the nervous system, focusing on the main structures, types of cells and the way to transmit information.
  • Alzheimer´s disease, the most common neurodegenerative disorder. Knowing your symptoms as dementia and the possible treatments available.
  • Parkinson´s disease, a movement disorder with a plethora of disabling symptoms caused by selective neuronal death. Other examples of neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in which the spinal cord is the area affected.

The neuroscience course is designed for anyone interested in the study of neuroscience. The course will be of particular interest to bioscience students, teachers, and healthcare professionals, as well as brain disorder patients and caregivers. You do not require any neuroscience background knowledge to follow the course.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Distinguish the effects of normal aging versus pathological aging (including main events occurring in neurodegenerative disorders).
  • Identify the key components of the nervous system and understand how they work.
  • Understand which cells types of the central nervous system are affected in the main neurodegenerative disorders and why they die.
  • Distinguish the main symptoms and the origin of different neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Analyze the current therapeutic strategies against neurodegenerative diseases and the future perspectives.