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

“Growing up in Los Angeles the thought of spending a significant amount of time in a small town brought some uncertainty. The first time I visited Iowa City those worries were dispelled. Although this is a small town there is never a shortage of things to do. My experiences in Iowa City have ranged from seeing great music to having people I didn’t know be kind to me while walking down the street. I am very glad I chose Iowa City for my graduate career, as it provides a perfect atmosphere for productivity and fun. ”