9.458 Parkinson's Disease Workshop

As taught in: Summer 2006

Causes and effects of decreased mitochondrial activity.

Decreased mitochondrial activity has been observed in Parkinson's disease patients. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Suzanne Corkin

Course Features

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.