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  • GMS 6099 Research Methods in Gerontology (online)

    Instructor: Thomas Buford, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    In this course, students will become proficient in critical assessment and understanding methods and study designs used in aging studies. This will enable the student to gain the ability to understand, gather information, and assess the quality of these studies. Special emphasis will be placed on instruction in understanding the basic content and construction of peer-reviewed journal articles. Several types of articles will be reviewed to include basic science/preclinical studies, concepts in care, and concepts in clinical research from a multidisciplinary and translational perspective.

  • GMS 6483 Theories of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Christy Carter, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    In this course learners will integrate, analyze and synthesize knowledge of multiple perspectives on aging to facilitate understanding of the role of members of an interprofessional team collectively engaged in providing care to older adults and apply these principles to their own practice.     

  • GMS 6485  Population-Based Research on Aging (online)

    Instructor: Todd Manini, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    This course evaluates population-based research on aging that includes surveillance and epidemiology. The course will be geared toward population-based research on diseases of elders that include: neurodegeneration, dementia, pulmonary disorders, chronic kidney disease, musculoskeletal (arthritis), cardiovascular, and metabolic health conditions. The course is intended to act as a survey of the population-based research that estimates the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors of the most common health conditions associated with aging. The course will also evaluate how population-based research contributes to understanding physical and cognitive disabilities, and how this research is connected to health policies directed toward elders. Research design, case definition, and disease etiology are emphasized throughout the course. The student will develop competency in identifying and understanding the common chronic diseases of elders, population research terminology, and methodological concepts. The student will be expected to communicate current constructs in population-based research on aging using both written and oral forms. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate population-based research on aging and use these concepts in everyday practice.   

  • GMS 6486 Biology of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Shinichi Someya, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    This course will serve as an introduction to the biology of aging, focusing on the most important and fundamental concepts of aging that are common to most species, including rodents and humans. In this course, students will learn: major theories of biological aging, including the evolutionary theory of aging, neuroendocrine hypothesis of aging, and free radical theory of aging; the roles of the vital organ systems such as neuronal and immune systems and the key cellular programs, including apoptosis, stem cells/regeneration, protein homeostasis, DNA repair/damage, and telomeres in aging; and how the aging process can be delayed through pharmaceutical and genetic manipulation or calorie restriction.

  • GMS 6487 Environmental Modulation of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Rui Xiao, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    Aging is determined by both genetic factors and environmental factors. This course is mainly focused on how environmental factors modulate lifespan and healthspan by interacting with intrinsic genetic factors. In this course, learners will learn both general knowledge and mechanistic insights into what environmental factors modulate aging and how they act. Three major modules are covered in this course: (1) Gene-Environment interactions; (2) Pro-longevity environmental factors and their modes of action; and (3) Anti-longevity environmental factors and their modes of action.

  • GMS 6771 Clinical Neuroscience of Aging (online)

    Instructors: Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Ph.D. & Robert Fieo, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    Clinical Neuroscience of Aging is taught using a clinical science approach that examines the relationship between aging and change in cognitive and brain systems as they relate to clinical disorders. Overviews of modern clinical neuroscience methodology, clinical assessment, intervention strategies, functional neuroanatomy, and major cognitive systems will serve as a foundation for the student’s understanding of how the human brain changes with age. Discussion of major research articles and issues critical to the clinical neuroscience of aging will be used to develop critical thinking skills.


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