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BIOL 5020 Literature of Neurochemistry (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar course will address current topics in the neurochemistry of the mammalian brain. The topics will include energy metabolism, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and brain cancer. The brain is uniquely dependent on glucose for energy, but can transition to ketone bodies when glucose becomes limiting as would occur during prolonged fasting. The transition from glucose to ketone bodies for brain energy produces remarkable neurochemical transitions, which ultimately lead to improved brain health. This course will examine primary research papers. Students will gain an understanding of how therapeutic fasting and caloric restriction changes brain energy metabolism to manage incurable neurological diseases.


Instructor(s): Prof. Thomas Seyfried

Prerequisites: BIOL3040; BIOL4350 or equivalent

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Last Updated: 23-Feb-14