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Fetal Tissue Research and Parkinson's Disease



Co Authors:

Ann W. Fourtner


Charles R. Fourtner
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
fourtner@buffalo.edu

Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
herreid@buffalo.edu

Abstract:

In this role-playing case study on Parkinson’s disease, students learn about brain injury and brain repair mechanisms, the physical and psychological effects of a degenerative disease on a patient and her family, the ethics of fetal tissue research, and the sociological implications of an aging population. The case has been used in a "Great Discoveries in Science" non-majors’ course for juniors and seniors as well as in a seminar in neuroscience for University Honors freshmen and sophomores.

Objectives:
  • Learn fundamental principles of neurophysiology.
  • Learn about brain injury and brain repair mechanisms.
  • Consider the physical and psychological effects of a degenerative disease on a patient and her family.
  • Consider some cutting-edge research for the possible "cure" of the disorder.
  • Explore the ethical questions surrounding the use of fetal tissue in research programs.
  • Consider the sociological implications of an aging population.
Keywords: Parkinson's disease; neurodegenerative disease; neurophysiology; fetal tissue research; neural transplant; aging; bioethics
Topical Area: Ethics, Social issues
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, General public & informal education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Medicine (General)   Neuroscience   Public Health   Sociology  
Date Posted: 11/14/99
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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