9.458 Parkinson's Disease Workshop

Summer 2006

Causes and effects of decreased mitochondrial activity.
Decreased mitochondrial activity has been observed in Parkinson's disease patients. (Image by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and associated readings for the presentations given at the 2006 Parkinson's Disease Workshop.

Course Description

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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Prof. Suzanne Corkin

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
7 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate