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The ageing process

The combat of diseases that are associated with ageing necessitates a thorough understanding of 'why and how we age'. The first question addresses the notion that the ageing process is not necessary, that ageing is not a prerequisite to life. The world's fauna illustrates that the ageing process has evolved markedly differently between species. This course will bring your understanding of why we age from a negligible to an advanced level. The concept that the rate of ageing varies between individuals stimulates us to explore how to we can slow the ageing process. During the course we will review various pathophysiologic mechanisms. It is needless to say that most of the underlying mechanisms in ageing have not been investigated in sufficient detail. These questions await you to be solved.

Coordinator

Prof. Dr. R.G.J. Westendorp MD

ECTS credits

2

Course level

400

No. of classes (1.5 hrs.)

10

Period

9-15 September 2013, 09.00-13.00 hrs.

Admission

Open; completed bachelor degree

Themes

Ageing theories, pathophysiological mechanisms of ageing, ageing research

Objective

An understanding of theories addressing the ageing process, including evolutionary perspectives in this regard

Teaching format

Lectures, working groups, self-study assignments

Learning outcome

Acquisition of a thorough understanding and analytical insight into ageing theories as part of knowledge in gerontology

Examination

None

Costs

With ECTS: € 300 (€ 150 per ECTS)
With certificate: € 150 (€ 75 per ECTS)
Registered students at Leiden University: no fee  

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