Brain and Mind Disorders in Ageing (BMRI5012)


This unit of study is designed to provide an introduction to disorders of the brain and mind related to ageing. There will be a focus on both the clinical presentation and pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia. Psychogeriatrics and late-life depression in particular will also be examined, along with pharmacological and lifestyle interventions that can contribute to healthier brain ageing. The unit will use case studies to provide an understanding of the common assessment methods and research techniques used to characterize these conditions, and students will also develop a familiarity with the social an ethical aspects of these ageing related diseases.

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1x2-hr lecture/week


extended response questions (40%), case study analysis (40%), group presentation (20%)

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