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Gwenn A. Garden
NEURL 559
Seattle Campus

Neurobiology of Disease

Introduces medically important neurological and psychiatric diseases and experimental approaches to understanding the basis for diseases and their treatments. Covers stroke, epilespsy, autoimmune diseases of the CNS, neurodegenerative diseases, autism, psychosis, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. Offered: jointly with NEUBEH 559/P BIO 559.

Class description

Student learning goals

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To teach students how translational research projects are conceived and developed.

To present the scientific and ethical principles of epidemiological and clinical research as these topics relate to studies of the neurobiology of disease.

To expose basic science students to the signs, symptoms and disease natural histories for a wide variety of nervous system disorders.

To effectively teach students the current understanding of the pathophysiology as well as the biologic principles supporting currently available treatments for these diseases.

To support and enhance the development of a social network between basic science graduate students and clinician scientists in training to foster future collaborative efforts between these two groups.

General method of instruction

Three hours per week of didactic sessions covering diseases and disease research methods. These will include patient interviews and videotapes of patient examinations.

Student led seminars on disease relevant neurobiology research.

On-line course syllabus and access to videotaped patient interviews and examinations.

Recommended preparation

Basic neuroscience, neuroanatomy and/or neurobiology course at undergraduate or graduate level

Class assignments and grading

See below

Grading will be determined by quality of presentation and participation in student seminars (30%) completion of a translational or pathophysiology research proposal (50%) and providing a critical review of another students proposal (20%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gwenn A. Garden
Date: 03/17/2008