GS14 1021 Current Topics in Neurobiology of Disease
- Course Director(s): John Byrne
- Semester: Fall
- Frequency: Annually
- Credit Hours: 1
- Grading System: Pass/Fail
- Prerequisites: None
Byrne, John. One semester hour. Fall, annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail.
This course is an integrated approach to neurological diseases, which includes background information as well the diagnosis, the treatment, and the biological mechanisms of the diseases under study. The topic for Fall 2022 is “Neurobiology of HIV”. HIV infection is associated with neurological and cognitive difficulties. Antiretroviral drugs used to combat HIV have been shown to reduce neurocognitive dysfunction but numerous challenges remain. In addition to cognitive health, people living with HIV are vulnerable to psychosocial stressors, substance use disorders, and HIV-related stigma. This course will provide students with a broad understanding and appreciation of key topics related to the impact of HIV infection in the brain, specifically: (1) HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders; (2) biological therapies for HIV; and (3) the psychosocial impacts of HIV infection. Online lectures will be given by leading experts in the field from UTHealth and other universities across the country.
This course is open to graduate students, medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.