Parkinson's Disease Workshop

Causes and effects of decreased mitochondrial activity.

Decreased mitochondrial activity has been observed in Parkinson's disease patients. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Summer 2006


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disease of the brain that produces movement disorders and deficits in executive functions, working memory, visuospatial functions, and internal control of attention. It is named after James Parkinson (1755-1824), the English neurologist who described the first case.

This six-week summer workshop explored different aspects of PD, including clinical characteristics, structural neuroimaging, neuropathology, genetics, and cognitive function (mental status, cognitive control processes, working memory, and long-term declarative memory).  The workshop did not take up the topics of motor control, nondeclarative memory, or treatment. 

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Suzanne Corkin. 9.458 Parkinson's Disease Workshop. Summer 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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