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    Selected topics relating to the causes of neurodegenerative diseases.

    NEUR 452 is designed to teach critical research skills through the exploration of potential therapies for neurological and mental health disorders.

    About this paper

    Paper title Neurodegenerative Disorders
    Subject Neuroscience
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,797.86
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

    There are no formal prerequisites, but the paper assumes that students have basic knowledge of the biology of the brain. It is advantageous (but not required) for students to have taken at least two of the following papers or their equivalents: ANAT 332, ANAT 335, PHSL 341, PHSL 342, ZOOL 314.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

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    Paper Structure
    • Module 1:  Brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease
    • Module 2:  Neuromodulation of the motor cortex to increase recovery from stroke
    • Module 3:  Peripheral nerve stimulation to modulate body systems
    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is taught in small group sessions, usually in March to June. Some modules may run concurrently.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will have:

    • Developed an ability to interpret data and to postulate explanations for the data
    • Developed an ability to conceptually design experiments to test hypotheses
    • Developed an ability to present the pathology of neurological diseases and current knowledge of treatment mechanisms
    • Developed an understanding of health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand, specifically addressing Māori health aspirations.


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Other Teaching

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-23
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