This free online course by the University of Birmingham is aimed at anyone who wants to find out the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease. We will look at how Parkinson’s disease affects people; what causes it; what we can do to try to ameliorate the symptoms of Parkinson’s; and what we don’t yet know about it.
Parkinson’s Disease Course Content
As one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases, most people at least know of one person who has Parkinson’s disease. As the population ages, the number of people with Parkinson’s will increase. Many people will be able to give a vague description of how that person is affected but may not know why.
The course covers:
- how the normal principles of how neurones work and communicate are altered in the Parkinsonian brain;
- why this leads to the symptoms that we see;
- how current therapies for Parkinson’s disease work;
- where the holes in our knowledge are;
- the importance of this for improving our ability to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.
Main Features of this Course:
- FREE online course
- Educator: Alison Cooper
- Duration: 3 weeks
- 3 hours per week
- Certificates available
You will need to have a basic knowledge of what the brain is made of, how these component cellular parts are organised and the principles of how these cells function normally. It will be suitable if you have taken the Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics course or who studied neuroscience in the early years of an undergraduate degree.
The Good Brain, Bad Brain series
This course is one of three in the Good Brain, Bad Brain series. If you are looking to find out the fundamentals of how the brain works or how drugs affect it, you can join:
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