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Unit information: Regenerative Medicine in 2022/23

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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
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

None

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

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

Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Unit Information

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

Your learning on this unit

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.

How you will learn

Lectures, Data Handling Session

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

How you will be assessed

Exam to include 2 essays, one essay to be chosen from each section containing three questions.

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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