Biology of Ageing

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biology of Ageing

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Educational Aims:
    The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of: 1) ageing as illustrated by changes in neuroendocrine, reproductive, skeletal, neuronal and immune systems. 2) ageing theories, deterministic and non-deterministic. 3) age-related pathologies, and their possible causation, as illustrated by neurodegeneration, osteoporosis and cardio-vascular disease. 4) age-related changes in macromolecular maintenance systems, e.g. DNA and protein damage 5) successful methods whereby ageing might be controlled.

    Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of the module students should be able to discuss and evaluate evidence on the: 1) Theoretical basis of ageing. 2) Changes in cellular functions during in vivo and in vitro ageing. 3) Changes in macromolecular structures which accompany ageing. 4) Ageing in mammalian physiological systems; cardiovascular, neuroendocrine/reproductive, musculo-skeletal, immune, brain. 5) Selected age-related disease conditions e.g. neurodegeneration, osteoporosis and cardiovascular conditions. 6) Determinants of longevity. 7) Possible routes of intervention.

    Suggested Reading:
    Timeras PS (2003) Physiological basis of ageing and geriatrics. Publisher: CRC Press

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