IARU Sommer School 2011 – University of Copenhagen

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IARU Summer School 2011

Course Title

Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging

Brief Course Description

This course is designed for master students who would like to gain diverse research experience in the Aging research field. The course is rooted in the research and teaching environment in the CEHA. The course would substantially reflect the Center's various research projects and interdisciplinary nature.

The course is intensive and combines lectures and practical work. The students will learn the basic research concepts and principles in diverse disciplines including humanities, social science, epidemiology, neurology, physiology, and molecular biology from the lectures. In the practical work part, the students will form different groups (3-4 students per group) during the course, and carry out a research project under the supervision from tutors from CEHA programmes. This course is aimed at students who have gained a first bachelor level degree and are interested in all aspects of research into ageing.

Start & End dates

18th - 29th July, 2011

Assessment details

25%: active participation of the course of each individual
50%: one essay (2000-4000 word) from each group 
25%: one oral presentation from each group

Outcome of the course

7.5 ECTS points will be given from this course. More importantly, the students will gain good foundation knowledge and practical experience in the field of ageing research in various respects including humanities, social science, epidemiology, neurology, physiology, and molecular biology.

Further details and full program (updated 12 July 2011) 

Teaching material

Below you can find a list of the subjects at the course:

Monday 18 July: 

  • Challenging Aging Stereotypes
  • Discourse of successful aging in The Globe & Mail: Insights from critical gerontology - by Julia Rozanova
  • Extending life (presentation) - by Richard Miller
  • Extending life (publication) - by Richard Miller 
  • Influence of normal and pathological ageing on sleep - by Poul Jennum
  • The Brain and aging processes - by Claus Mathiesen

Tuesday 19 July: 

  • Measuring and managing the body in the later life course - by Susan Whyte 

Wednesday 20 July:

  • DNA repair, mitochondria and aging - by Scott Maynard
  • Early signs of Mobility Decline and Physical Activity Counselling as a Preventive Intervention in Older People - by Minna Mänty
  • Mobility limitations in midlife and old age - by Charlotte Juul Nilsson