NEUR 3501 A - Neurodegeneration and Aging (note - half credit course)

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Neurodegeneration is particularly acute in the aging population, and is characteristic of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s disease. This course will explore mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration, plus recent advances aimed at the restoration of nervous tissue, potentially curing these pathologies.
Prerequisite(s): NEUR 2200 or both NEUR 2201 and NEUR 2202.
Lectures three hours a week.

CRN for section A: 20522

Instructor: Matthew Holahan

About the instructor: I first became truly intrigued by drug action in the brain when I was an undergrad student in psychology/neuroscience. I was in the student union and I saw an ad for a volunteer position in a lab that was studying the biological bases of addiction. I called up the principal investigator using a pay phone (so yes, a while ago), got an interview and started working in a "drug lab." One of my first projects was to inject rats with cocaine and measure their brain and behavioural changes. When I noted a dramatic change in their behaviour and corresponding change to the brain, I was shocked, amazed, and most of all, hooked on the idea of studying how and why drugs can exert such powerful effects on our brains and behaviour. Since that initial introduction to brain chemistry and drug effects over 20 years ago, I have been researching and teaching on this topic with the hope of conveying my enthusiasm for the chemical basis of behaviour and drug action to students.

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