BEHN 627/628/629 Seminar: Neuroscience of Aging

1 credit per course

BEHN 627: Fall 2012; BEHN 628: Winter 2013; BEHN 629, Spring 2013

J. Raber

The course will be given during three subsequent semesters for a total of 3 credits (1 credits/semester). At the end of each semester the students taking the course for credit will be required to submit a 5-page essay on a topic covered that semester by the last day of class (December 3, 2012 for Fall Semester). The grading will be pass/fail. There will be a separate registration for each term. Trainees on the T32 Neuroscience of Aging Training Grant will be required to take all three semesters (BEHN 627, 628, and 629) of this course. Students and postdoctoral fellows outside the NIA T32 training grant will be allowed to take this course and to take only one or two of the three semesters. This will be a team-taught survey course that includes 1 introductory module on concepts in aging research, and aging of non-CNS systems, as well as modules on the neuroscience of aging sensory, motor, and cognitive systems as well as neurodegenerative diseases. Each module will examine the topic from the molecular to the human level of analysis. Most lectures for the Fall 2012 semester will be held Wednesdays from 4-5 pm in MRB 735 but the first lecture will be held on Thursday from 4-5 in MRB 735. All students are expected to read the assign paper prior to the lecture.

Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a disability or think you may have a disability (including but not limited to a physical, hearing, vision, psychological, and learning disabilities), which may need accommodation, please contact Jacob Raber or the Program Accommodation Liaison (Molly Osbourne) or the Director of the Office of Student Access at 503-494-0908 to discuss your request. Because accommodation can take time to implement it is important to have this discussion as soon as possible. All information regarding a student's disability is kept in accordance with relevant state and federal laws.

If you have any questions/comments about this course, please contact Jacob Raber (503-494-1524 ;

Fall Term 2012, Neuroscience of Aging Course

  • 9/27 ; 1. Introduction to concepts in aging research ; Steven Kohama
  • 10/3 ; 2. The effects of psychological stress on brain physiology in aging ; Barry Oken
  • 10/11 ; 3. Neurologic changes in human aging: Is Alzheimer's disease a 'normal' part of aging? ; Joseph Quinn
  • 10/24 ; 4. Neuropsychology of aging ; Diane Howieson
  • 10/31 ; 5. Cancer and aging ; Mitchell Turker
  • 11/7 ; 6. Effects of aging on balance and gait ; Faye Horak
  • 11/14 ; 7. Age-related neuroendocrine changes in primates ; Henryk Urbanski
  • 11/28 ; 8. Effects of aging on visual sensitivity ; Robert Duvoisin
  • 12/5 ; 9. Effects of aging on cognition in nonhuman primates ; Martha Neuringer

Winter Term 2013, Neuroscience of Aging Course

  • 1/9; 1. White matter and aging; Larry Sherman
  • 1/16; 2. Astrocytes in healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases; Mary Logan
  • 1/23; 3. Biochemical changes in the brain in healthy aging and neurodegenerative conditions; Randy Woltjer
  • 1/30; 4. Animal models of Parkinson's disease; Charlie Meshul
  • 2/6; 5. Vascular health and vascular causes of dementia; Joe Weiss
  • 2/13; 6. A healthy life style, quality of care, and the elderly; Elizabeth Eckstrom
  • 2/20; 7. Pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease; Steven Johnson
  • 2/27; 8. Role of gene-altering substances in age-related neurodegenerative conditions; Glen Kisby
  • 3/6; 9. The auditory system and aging; Lina Reiss
  • 3/13; 10. End of life issues; Linda Ganzini

Spring Term 2013, Neuroscience of Aging Course

  • 04/03; 1. Endothelial mechanisms of vascular cognitive impairment; Nabil Alkayed
  • 04/10; 2. Quantitative magnetic resonance measures of brain aging; Bill Rooney
  • 04/17; 3. Depression in the elderly; David Mansoor
  • 04/24; 4. Sex differences in stroke injury: Implications for treatment; Stephanie Murphy
  • 05/01; 5. Endothelial function, nutrition, and brain aging; Gene Bowman
  • 05/08; 6. MicroRNAs as effectors of post-transcriptional gene regulation in ischemia and neuroprotection; Julie Saugstad
  • 05/15; 7. Drosophila models of age-related diseases; Doris Kretzschmar
  • 05/22; 8. Normal functions for amyloid precursor proteins (they're not just for Alzheimer's disease); Philip Copenhaver
  • 05/29; 9. Changes in sleep and circadian rhythms with aging; Steven Shea
  • 06/05; 10. Non-Alzheimer's dementia Lewy body disease, vascular cognitive impairment, and frontotemporal lobar degeneration; ; Lisa Silbert

In case you were not aware of it and are interested, the aging training grant has a journal club:

NeuroAging Journal Club, MRB 735, 4th Thursday of the month, 4pm, refreshments included. All are welcome. In case you would like to on the journal club e-mail list, please let me know as well.

thanks a lot, Jacob