describe the key features of the cells that make up the human nervous system that allow them to carry out their function;
explain how the arrangement of these cells within the human brain relates to brain function;
describe the defining symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and explain how the pathology seen in Parkinson’s disease leads to these symptoms;
explain the rationale behind the currently used treatments for Parkinson’s disease;
appreciate the need for new therapies and what our increasing understanding of the neurobiology is telling us about what possible new therapies there might be;
and describe the stages of drug discovery and development, from scientists having the first idea to it being used in clinical treatment.
Explore the human brain, for CPD or as a gateway to further study
This program of three online courses introduces the key concepts of the human brain, before exploring the effects that Parkinson’s disease and drugs have on it.
The Good Brain, Bad Brain program is suitable for anyone who wants to know more about the brain: you may be doing your A-levels and considering a neuroscience-related degree; or you may already be working in healthcare and want to learn more as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).
Either way, the courses provide a flexible way to learn – they are accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks.
And when you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study.
Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics
What do we know and what are we discovering about the form and function of the human brain? Find out with this online course.
Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson's Disease
Learn the fundamentals of Parkinson's disease with this online course. What causes it and what we can do to treat it?
Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins
Explore our past, present and future understanding of drugs with this online course. Where do drugs come from? How do they work?