The increasing lifespan of humans is resulting in a dramatic rise in the number of individuals affected by neurodegenerative diseases, the most prominent of these being Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, it is of crucial importance to understand the pathogenic processes involved in order to develop effective therapies to patients. This specialised module will provide the students with advanced knowledge on current understanding of neurodegenerative mechanisms, allowing them to undertake basic or clinical research projects or to work towards the discovery and development of novel drugs to treat these debilitating conditions.
Students will gain a clinical and pathological overview of common disorders, such as dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, but also less common disorders, such as prion diseases. The genetic influences and risk factors associated with the development of neurodegeneration will be reviewed. The focus of the module will then move to understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of neurodegenerative disease. Students will be introduced to model systems for investigating relevant disease processes and in which to trial prospective new drugs when they become available.
Teaching in this module is undertaken by lecturers actively involved in the research areas covered by this module and working primarily within the MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration Research at King’s College London, ensuring that students will be made aware of the most recent developments in the field. The neurodegeneration specialised module is suitable for all students registered for the MSc Neuroscience, regardless of their prior experience in this area.
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