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Module code:BIOL3017(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Biology of Ageing
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Dr David Gems
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Organiser's email:david.gems@ucl.ac.uk
Available for students in Year(s):3,
Module prerequisites:No formal pre-requisites, but a good grounding in genetics and biochemistry are recommended. 
Module outline:This course surveys the biology of ageing (biogerontology). It covers evolutionary and mechanistic theories of ageing; comparative biology of ageing; the new model organism genetics of lifespan (eg C. elegans, Drosophila); methods in ageing research (eg microarray analysis); the biology of caloric restriction; cellular senescence, telomeres and cancer; ageing-related disease; the biology of insulin signalling, energy handling and associated diseases (eg diabetes and obesity); stem cells and tissue engineering; prospects for treatments for ageing; and social and ethical issues relating to research on ageing. 
Module aims:Course surveys the biology of ageing (biogerontology). It covers evolutionary and mechanistic theories of ageing; comparative biology of ageing; the new model organism genetics of lifespan (eg C. elegans, Drosophila); methods in ageing research (eg microarray analysis); the biology of caloric restriction; cellular senescence, telomeres and cancer; ageing-related disease; the biology of insulin signalling, energy handling and associated diseases (eg diabetes and obesity); stem cells and tissue engineering; prospects for treatments for ageing; and social and ethical issues relating to research on ageing. 
Module objectives:1. To gain a good grasp of the various facets of the biology of ageing and longevity (evolutionary biology, biodemography, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, endocrinology, etc) and the relationship between them. 2. To understand some of the major diseases of ageing, and explore their ontogeny in the underlying biology of ageing. 3. To explore controversial ethical, philosophical and social issues relating to this work. 
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Module timetable:https://cmis.adcom.ucl.ac.uk:4443/timetabling/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=BIOL3017 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 80.00%.
3 tutorials, including 2 essays of 1500-2000 words each 20.00%.
 
Notes:To register for this module for the 2012/13 academic year please ensure you meet the prerequisites listed above (where applicable) and, if you do, select it using Portico and await Teaching and Parent Department approval.  
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