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Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Explore the challenges of treating and preventing neurodegenerative diseases

There is a distinct difference between normal brain ageing and a brain affected by a neurodegenerative disease. This course will show you how patients diagnosed with brain and neurological disorders are affected and consider the impact of neurodegenerative disorders on our society.

Discover the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of common brain disorders

Led by experts in neuroscience at the Complutense University of Madrid, you’ll explore the several specific neuropathological events that occur due to different brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis.

You’ll consider the available treatments currently available for these diseases and learn about new lines of research that are ongoing to combat neurodegenerative disorders.

Develop your understanding of brain health

As well as exploring the pathology of common brain disorders, you’ll also develop your knowledge of how normal ageing impacts the brain as you learn what cognitive reserve is and how lifestyle influences brain health.

What topics will you cover?

  • Basic concepts about aging and diseases, collecting information about neurodegenerative disorders and their impact on our society.
  • Normal aging, and its impact on the brain compared with a pathological disorder.
  • Organization of the nervous system, focusing on the main structures, types of cells and the way to transmit information.
  • Alzheimer´s disease, the most common neurodegenerative disorder. Knowing your symptoms as dementia and the possible treatments available.
  • Parkinson´s disease, a movement disorder with a plethora of disabling symptoms caused by selective neuronal death.
    Other examples of neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in which the spinal cord is the area affected.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

The neuroscience course is designed for anyone interested in the study of neuroscience.

The course will be of particular interest to bioscience students, teachers, and healthcare professionals, as well as brain disorder patients and caregivers.

You do not require any neuroscience background knowledge to follow the course.

Who developed the course?

Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is the largest public research university in Spain, and is widely regarded as one of its most prestigious academic institutions.