Fall 2018 coursesaudience



  • GMS 6099 Research Methods in Gerontology (online)

    Instructor: Rui Xiao, PhD,
    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 6622 Mitochondrial Biology in Aging and Disease

    Instructor: Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD, 
    Credits: 3
    The overall goal of this class is to introduce: 1) the structure and function of mitochondria; 2) mitochondria aging and disease;3) assessments for mitochondrial function and genetic variance. Topics will include mitochondrial genetics, biogenesis, bioenergetics, dynamics, metabolic disorders, mitophagy, genetic diseases, and aging.

  • GMS 6483 Theories of Aging  (online)

    Instructor: Robert Mankowski, PhD,
    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 principle to their own practice.

  • GMS 6484 Geriatric and Age Related Diseases (online)

    Instructor: Laurence Solberg, MD,
    Credits: 3
    This course is an overview of providing care to geriatric populations afflicted by illnesses common in older adults. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and differentiate between age-related conditions, as well as identify the medical, social, and environmental factors that contribute to these medical issues.   

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

    Instructor: Todd Manini, PhD,
    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.

  • GMS 6486 Biology of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Shinichi Someya, PhD,
    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 Anti-aging Interventions (online)

    Instructor: Rui Xiao, PhD,
    Credits: 3
    Aging is a complex process determined by both genetic and environmental factors. By manipulating these aging-related factors, researchers have been able to extend lifespan and healthspan in lab animals. This course is mainly focused on the current and emerging interventions to promote human lifespan and healthspan. In this course, learners will learn both general knowledge and mechanistic insights into these anti-aging interventions. Many novel, emerging, and sometimes controversial techniques and interventions will be discussed in this course, such as Parabiosis or “Young Blood” Transfusions, The Aging Microbiome, Stem Cell Rejuvenation, Senescence Cell Clearance, Gene Therapy, Biotechnology Development, and Virtual Reality And Environmental Enrichment.

  • GMS 6717 Healthy Aging: Biological Outcomes (online)

    Instructor: Robert Mankowski, PhD,
    Credits: 3
    Building on the lifestyle interventions taught in Healthy Aging I, this course emphasizes the physiological effects of lifestyle interventions on older adults. Students will learn about adaptations of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and nervous systems in response to dietary and physical changes in a senior’s life.

  • GMS 6771 Clinical Neuroscience of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, PhD,
    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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