330.802.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 2 Credit(s)
Th 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    George Rebok
    Michelle Carlson
    Peter Zandi
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss age-related cognitive changes, through evidence from both animal and human research findings.
    • Illustrate examples of disorders that commonly occur in each of these cognitive domains.
  • Course Description
    Addresses age-related cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders that are of particular importance with the rapid expansion of the aging population. Focuses on the major domains of cognition and comparison of the age-related changes that occur in each cognitive domain. Includes emphasis on contrasting the major neurodegenerative disorders related to age and describing the clinical presentation and pattern of cognitive change in each condition. Participants address current strategies for maximizing cognitive function with age and treatment strategies for the primary neurodegenerative disorders. Participants examine and identify gaps in knowledge and research approaches to fill these gaps. Explores concepts of cognitive systems, animal and imaging models, and selective pathological change with age and disease.
  • Intended Audience
    Predoctoral and Postdoctoral students from A&S, SPH, and SOM.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Predoctoral and Postdoctoral students from A&S, SPH, and SOM.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Class participation 30%; term paper 70%
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Course Location:  Reed Hall 1st floor West Conference Room

  • Course topics










     10/31/13  Peter Rapp

     Primate models of learning and memory and age-related change



     Marilyn Albert

     Cognitive and brain changes with normal aging


     11/14/13  Michaela Gallagher  Rodent models of learning and memory and age-related change



     Arnold Bakker

     Neuroimaging approaches to learning and memory


     12/05/13  George Rebok  Plasticity of cognition with aging



     Karen Bandeen-Roche

     Statistical challenges in the study of aging and dementia


     12/19/13  Paul Rosenberg  Clinical trial challenges in the study of age-related cognitive disorders



  • Class Times

    Thursday 3:30 - 5:00 pm

  • Contact Information

    Marilyn Albert, Ph.D.
    Tel: 410-614-3040

    Michela Gallagher, Ph.D.
    Tel: 410-516-0167

    Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD
    Tel: 410-955-3067

    George Rebok, PhD
    Tel: 410-955-8550

    Peter Rapp, PhD
    Tel: 410-558-8195

  • Course Objectives
    • Understand age-related cognitive changes, through evidence from both animal and human research findings.
    • Become familiar with methodological approaches to the study of age-related cognitive change , including: epidemiology, imaging and biostatistics


  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at