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Why Do We Age? The Molecular Mechanisms of Ageing

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

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The “why” and “how” of ageing has puzzled mankind ever since it questioned its place in the universe. However, it was only after infectious diseases became more controlled and reliable food supplies became generally available, that the rapid increase of the average lifespan made science turn its attention to study longevity and ageing.

To fulfil the desire to live longer and age healthier, it is essential that we better understand the intricate molecular processes that evolve in our body when we age.

Study the concepts and theories of ageing

In this free online course, you will study the current concepts and theories of ageing. You will learn about the molecular and cellular processes in ageing. You will explore the cell systems, animal models and advanced experimental methods that we use to study ageing.

After introducing the main theories and mechanisms of ageing in the first week, we will proceed with a series of in-depth lectures from distinguished researchers working at the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing at the University of Groningen. They will present you a selection of their current research and will explain the fundamental questions they try to answer and the experimental approaches they use for their studies.

You will learn that ageing starts at the cell level and you will study several phenomena which take place in cells, such as genomic instability, telomere shortening and epigenetic changes.

By completing this course you will gain insight into the fundamental biology of ageing in various simple and complex organisms, including humans.

The course is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the biology of ageing. It requires basic knowledge of biology, though most of the terms are explained and you will receive further support via additional reading.

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Marianna Bevova

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Anthony S
5.0 a month ago
Anthony completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course was ell set out and at the cutting edge of research quality with sufficient time to finish and enough reference material to get up to scratch. Mentors should take some time to get involved with the students to create a more personal and effective atmosphere for the learners. Mentors participation means a closer relationship with learners and creates an atmosphere of belonging and of appreciation for all. Tony V
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Anonymous
4.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was interesting but a bit difficult and I had to read a lot in the internet to catch up. But it is a fascinating course.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course: well structured, excellent material (english subtiltled videos, video transcript and slides pdf) and teachers (it's really appealing to have presentation of research in live by the researchers themselves, up to date external references to deepen the subject if needed.

It's an intermediate level course.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
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The course is a good introduction. Good: overview of ageing research, good lectures, deep dive into the research. Bad: sometimes too detailed, or too focussed on own research.
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Jose L
3.0 3 years ago
by Jose is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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