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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: A Molecular and Genetic Approach

The University of Texas at San Antonio via edX

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Overview

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most financially costly disease in developed countries. Even if knowledge of molecular changes in Alzheimer’s disease is extensive, and new areas of investigation have been explored, the cognitive trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, as it was in 1906, when this disease was described for the first time.

This self-paced course focuses on a recent and innovative approach in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. Multiple evidences indicate that oxidative stress and free radicals damage the cellular functions. Specifically, oxidative damage is a marker to identify the initial state of the disease.

Starting from a critical analysis of Alzheimer’s disease history, Dr. Perry, a worldwide expert in the field, explains the sequence of events leading to damage, and the source of increased oxygen radicals along with mechanisms to provide more effective treatment.

This course is open to anyone, but will be of particular relevance to professionals and caregivers who deal with patients affected by Alzheimer’s. Considering the multidisciplinary approach, and the importance of a correct lifestyle to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, this course is also targeted to healthcare professionals such as nutritionists or cardiologists.

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George Perry PhD

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