date_range Starts on October 12, 2015
event_note End date October 15, 2015
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assignment Level : Introductive
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Learn the fundamentals of Parkinson's disease with this free online course. What causes it and what we can do to treat it?

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Syllabus

This free online course is aimed at anyone who wants to find out the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease. We will look at how Parkinson’s disease affects people; what causes it; what we can do to try to ameliorate the symptoms of Parkinson’s; and what we don’t yet know about it. Understand Parkinson’s disease As one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases, most people at least know of one person who has Parkinson’s disease. As the population ages, the number of people with Parkinson’s will increase. Many people will be able to give a vague description of how that person is affected but may not know why. We will consider how the normal principles of how neurones work and communicate are altered in the Parkinsonian brain, and why this leads to the symptoms that we see. We can then apply this knowledge to thinking about how current therapies for Parkinson’s disease work. Finally, we can think about where the holes in our knowledge are and the importance of this for improving our ability to alleviate the symptoms of the disease. The Good Brain, Bad Brain series This course is one of three in the Good Brain, Bad Brain series. If you are looking to find out the fundamentals of how the brain works or how drugs affect it, you can join: Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins
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Instructors

  • Alison Cooper
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Platform

Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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