Biology of Ageing
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
Timeras PS (2003) Physiological basis of ageing and geriatrics. Publisher: CRC Press
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