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Unit information: Regenerative Medicine in 2018/19

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Unit name Regenerative Medicine
Unit code PANM33005
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Kafienah
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

PANM22041 Infection and Immunity

PANM22042 Cellular & Molecular Pathology

MOLG22100 Recombinant DNA Technology

MOLG22200 Gene Expression and Rearrangement.

FMVS20001 Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills

Co-requisites

3 from level 6/H lecture units and Research Skills unit.

School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Description

Stem cells and regenerative medicine is a rapidly emerging area of biomedical research with enormous therapeutic potential. This unit aims to provide a thorough grounding in the biology of stem cells and regenerative medicine, with special reference to the molecular and genetic control of cell fate specification and differentiation. Students will be guided from the origins of this field through to its application (and potential applications) in treating human disease covering the latest tools and technologies available for study in this area. Covered subjects include (1) the basic cellular and molecular biology of adult and embryonic stem cells, (2) genomic and proteomic approaches in stem cell biology (3) concepts of tissue engineering, (4) the basic science and clinical application of stem cells in cardiac, skeletal and neural repair and regeneration and (5) stem cell immunology. The very latest breakthroughs and research themes will be communicated. Lectures will be in weeks 9-12.

Aims:

The unit aims to provide a review of the international research efforts into stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, with emphasis on the molecular and genetic control of cell fate specification and differentiation. It will cover:

  1. the basic cellular and molecular biology of adult and embryonic stem cells,
  2. genomic and proteomic approaches in stem cell biology,
  3. concepts of tissue engineering,
  4. the basic science and clinical application of stem cells in cardiac, skeletal and neural repair and regeneration and
  5. stem cell immunology

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of the principles of developmental biology and its relevance to stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Knowledge of the relevant scientific literature and an ability to evaluate this literature critically.

Teaching details

Lectures, Data Handling Session

Independent study: Students are expected to study the recommended literature.

Assessment Details

Summative 3 hour written exam, to include 3 essays chose from 6.

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature.

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