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This course explores the structure and role of neurons and glia—the cells that make up our nervous system—and how the function (or dysfunction) of these cells contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. During this course, we’ll discuss how neurons and glial cells are specialized for their roles, including how neurons are able to keep themselves healthy despite their unusual shapes, and how glial cells are able to insulate our neurons to increase their signaling speeds. Importantly, we’ll also investigate what can go wrong when neurons and glial cells are compromised by injury or disease. Pre-requisites: Students should understand the basic fundamentals of animal biology (cell theory, genetics, molecular biology). ‘Introduction to the nervous system’ recommended but not required. This course can be taken alone, or in conjunction with the course ‘Using neural signaling to understand pain,’ which describes how neurons communicate with each other. This course aligns with the Neurological Disorders Unit 2: What are the building blocks of our brains? of the Great Diseases high school curriculum

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  • School of Medicine - Public Health & Professional Degrees