Date Thesis Awarded

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Neuroscience

Advisor

Randolph Coleman

Committee Member

Deborah Noonan

Committee Member

Joshua Burk

Abstract

This project introduces two mathematical models representing the biochemical interactions between insulin signaling, PD, and AD. The models can be used to examine the changes that occur over the course of the disease as well as identify which processes would be the most effective targets for treatment. The models are mathematized using Biochemical Systems Theory. They incorporate treatment strategies that includes several experimental drugs along with current treatments. In the past, BST models of neurodegeneration have used Power Law Analysis and Simulation to model the system. This work recommends the use of MATLAB instead. MATLAB allows for more flexibility in both the model itself and in data analysis. Previous BST analyses of neurodegeneration began treatment at disease onset. As shown in these models, the outcomes of delayed, realistic treatment and full treatment at disease onset are significantly different. The delayed treatment strategy is an important development in BST modeling of neurodegeneration. It emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis, and allows for a more accurate representation of disease and treatment interactions.

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