Walter A Kukull
Focus on neurologic diseases and etiology. Presentation of descriptive epidemiology, clinical features, and risk factors, including stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders. Discussion of NIH grantsmanship. Guest experts present some topics. Recommended: either EPI 511 or equivalent. Offered: jointly with ENV H 571; W, odd years.
In addition to familiarizing the student with neurologic diseases and their environmental or genetic risk factors, the secondary aim of this course is for the student to develop a working knowledge of what comprises a research grant proposal following the format described for NIH research proposals.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and interactive discussion. Guest experts will present topics to broaden the students appreciation of research into neurological diseases. Students are expected to attend class and to participate in discussions. Students will present and discuss draft sections of their "class project" papers at designated times through out the course. The instructor and the class will discuss individual draft sections in class as time permits.
Epidemiology 511 or 512. Interest in epidemiologic methods and their application to the study of neurological disorders
Class assignments and grading
The "Class project" for each student will consist of an abbreviated "research plan" portion of an NIH style grant proposal. The focus should be on a neurologic disease; it should address a current gap in knowledge or aim to add to existing knowledge by replicating a previous finding in a new population or with novel methods. Specific aims, Background, Design & Methods, and a concise abstract will be included, but length should be limited to about 12 pp. typed (rather than the 25 prescribed by NIH). Clarity is a primary objective. "draft " sections will be discussed in class to gain the insight of other students and faculty. The instructor will provide written comments on the draft sections aimed at improving the final product. Students will make short presentations,( 15-20 min.) at the end of the course, describing their final proposals to the class
Class attendance and participation; timely submission of project drafts and final class project