|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga|
|Lecturer(s)||CC van Schaik|
|prof. dr. ir. HFJ Savelkoul|
|prof. dr. ir. J Keijer|
|I van der Stelt, MSc|
|prof. dr. BJ Zwaan|
|prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga|
|ing. J Zandveld|
|Examiner(s)||prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga|
Language of instruction:
Overview of theories and concepts of aging. We will address how species-specific lifespan evolved and why aging is a unique human problem. Attention will also be paid to the question whether senescence and aging can be avoided in organisms and which forces and factors should facilitate this, in particular physical exercise and caloric restriction. We will link the theories with experiments to test the hypotheses of aging theories. The results and emerging genetic, developmental, and physiological mechanisms will be compared across species with a continuous reflection on the role between lifestyle factors. Finally, we will discuss the potential of translational research.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recall and explain the genetic and evolutionary theories of human aging;
- explain and apply genetic and physiological pathways underlying longevity in model species and humans;
- design and evaluate experiments to test current viewpoints in aging research and translate results from models to pets, and humans.
- case studies;
- conducting experiments to understand the mechanisms underlying ageing;
- written test with open questions (60%);
- three interim reports on practical assignments (40%).
The minimum mark for the written test is a 5, for each of the interim reports a minimum mark of 5.5 is required.
- seminal papers;
- recent reviews.
|Compulsory for:||WUHAH||BSc Minor Healthy Aging in Humans and Model Species||1AF|