Neurobiology of Disease 132:235

Course Director:  Natalie Denburg

TA:  Kameko Halfmann

"Neurobiology of Disease" will explore the basis of major diseases affecting the nervous system. Offered this year for the fourth time, this course has been developed in response to a nationwide concern that graduate students in neuroscience and other disciplines do not learn enough disease oriented biology. Experts from throughout the university will provide state of the art overviews on the clinical, neuropathological, physiological and molecular features of disease. Lecturers will also discuss key areas that hold promise for future research, including the development of rational therapies. Diseases to be discussed will include: neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson disease, expanded repeat diseases including Huntington's disease), neurodevelopmental disorders, muscular dystrophies, dystonia, stroke, epilepsy, anxiety or schizophrenia, among others.

Requirements: final term paper modeled on a research grant; participation in weekly discussion of topical research articles.

Time & Location: 1:15P - 2:30P TThNeurology Conference Room-2-RCP

“Coming from the west coast, I was apprehensive about life in the mid-west, but I can honestly say that I absolutely love Iowa City.  It is a great and easy place to live and go to school, and has a wide variety of extra-curricular activities – from music to outdoor activities, there is a ton going on! Additionally, everyone really is quite nice, and there is an easy-going, collaborative feel at the University that I really appreciate.”