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Neurobiology of Dementia 2 CAD602


This unit engages students with the primary research literature in the neurobiology of dementia, including pathological and functional research, and a range of models and outcomes used to assess potential therapeutics. Genetics, lifestyle risk factors, biomarkers, imaging techniques and assays are examined to equip the student to effectively evaluate the primary research literature.


Unit name Neurobiology of Dementia 2
Unit code CAD602
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Maneesh Kuruvilla
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explore methods of differential diagnosis to identify the diseases causing dementia, and how this diagnosis may affect subsequent support and therapeutic approaches
  • Examine the detailed neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, fronto-temporal dementia and Parkinson’s disease, as well as less frequent causes of dementia, at cellular and systems levels
  • Examine the evidence base linking putative biomarker assays to brain pathology and disease progression for the major diseases of dementia listed in ILO2
  • Characterise in detail the ageing-related and genetic risk factors for the major diseases of dementia listed in ILO2
  • Examine the evidence used to identify nervous system regions and functions which are thought to support cognition
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,475.00 $1,475.00 not applicable $1,575.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentOnline MCQ Quizzes (25%)|MyContext proposal (20%)|MyContext Final Assignment (30%)|Module Short Answer Questions (25%)
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