Spring 2019 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 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 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 in the New Millennium (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 6876 Law and Ethics of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Lauren Solberg, JD,
    Credits: 3
    This course provides an overview of the legal and ethical challenges facing our society in terms of caring for an ever-aging population. This course will also provide a perspective on ethical and policy issues related to the conduct of clinical research. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify, analyze, and propose possible solutions to ethical and legal challenges that aging populations and their caregivers face.

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