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GS14 1091 Current Topics in Neural Stem Cell Research

Majumder, Sadhan. One credit hour. Fall and Spring Semester. Prerequisites: permission of course coordinator, and basic neuroscience.

The recent flurry of scientific research on stem cells has opened an exciting new era in biological research and underscored the tremendous potential of stem cells in regenerative medicine and cancer. The objective of this course is to gain an advanced understanding of stem cell biology, with an emphasis on the potential therapeutic application of stem cells for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease, and neural cancers, such as medulloblastoma and glioma. The introductory lecture by the course coordinator on the basic concepts of stem cell biology will be followed by student presentations and discussions of assigned journal articles intended to illuminate the cutting edge of neural stem cell research. Students will be evaluated based on their presentations, active participation in discussions, and attendance.