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NEUR452 Neurodegenerative Disorders

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 Parkinson's disease and mental health disorders.

Paper title Neurodegenerative Disorders
Paper code NEUR452
Subject Neuroscience
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,748.85
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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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Teaching staff

Teaching staff to be confirmed - please contact the Department for more information.

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 April 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
  • Develop an understanding of health equity in New Zealand, specifically addressing Māori health needs.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Other Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 13, 16-24