EM2401C “The Role of Inflammation and Infection in Neurodegeneration” (IM GR-011224)

Purpose and Overview

The lecture will provide background on the current understanding of the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Recent research into the role of neuroimmune responses in the brain and links to neurodegenerative disease pathogenesis will also be discussed.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease pathogenesis.
  • Understand the role of alpha-synuclein in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease and describe new data linking alpha-synuclein to neuroimmune responses.
  • Understand fundamental neuroimmune responses in the brain and potential interactions with inflammatory stimuli.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: First Last, M.D.David Beckham, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine and Division Chief
Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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