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BIO 86


How To Save Your Aging Brain!

Course Syllabus

Summer Quarter 2011

There is no text for the course, but my own book on the subject is available online.

Lecture notes will be distributed in electronic form.

Lecture topics

Consumer warning label

Aging brains

Food choices and your aging brain

Caloric restriction

Can I just take a pill?

Anti-oxidants and supplements

Hormones, stress, and your aging brain

Physical activity: candy for your brain

Future treatments for aging brains


Due last day of class.

If you are taking the course for credit or for a letter grade, you must complete the assignment. Write a 2 to 3 page summary of a scientific research article on a topic related to the course.

A good source for articles is PubMed Central, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of full text biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Go to the website and type "aging brain" (without the quotes) into the blank and then click "Find Articles". If you have a specific interest, such as Alzheimer's disease, then type that instead. Suitable journals for articles include Science, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature that are usually available in your local library.

Choose an article that reports original research, not a review article. Describe (1) the background or justification for the research, (2) the objectives of the research, (3) the methods used, (4) the results, (5) the conclusions, and (6) your own thoughts on the validity and utility of the results. Please hand in a copy of the article with your summary.


Michael G. Walker, Ph.D.

mwalker at

Course Files BIO86

Aging brains.pdf


Caloric restriction.pdf

Coffee effects brain.pdf

Consumer warning label.pdf

Food choices and your aging brain.pdf

Future treatments for brain aging.pdf

Ginkgo Biloba.pdf

Hormones stress and your aging brain.pdf

Microarrays short intro.pdf

Molecular biology primer.pdf

Neurobiology intro.pdf

Photothera talk.pdf

Physical activity candy for your brain.pdf