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CODE MDS5001

 
TITLE Experimental Haematology

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 8

 
DEPARTMENT Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

 
DESCRIPTION The teaching programme is intended to address Molecular Patho-Physiology of Blood and Body Defence Mechanisms. It includes an in depth review of fundamental issues on the science of blood and stem cell biology, particular properties of each blood cell lineage, Haemoglobin, inflammation and immunity, and coagulation. In addition, the regulation of Hematopoiesis at the level of gene expression, transcription factor lineage commitment and growth factor induced proliferation is part of the study unit. Disregulation of these processes leading to the Pathology of Blood Disorders (Anaemia, MDP, MDS, Leukemia) will be reviewed extensively and current achievements in the search for therapeutics will be discussed in this section of the study unit. Each topic will be studied at advanced level emphasizing experimental research methodology, with reference to clinical significance. Contemporary issues in haematology research are given prominence.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the study unit the student should have a critical understanding of the continuous generation of blood cells as per physiological demand; how this is achieved and regulated; and malfunction of the heamatopoietic regulation process leading to disease. The students shall be fluent in discussing current research in the Pathology of Blood and have an overview of the search for therapeutics.

Reading List

1. Mechanisms in Hematology
Lyonel G Israels and Esther D Israels

2. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
Vinay Kumar, Nelso Fausto, Abul Abbas
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. ; Elsevier Saunders, c2005.
ISBN: 0721601871

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 10%
Assignment Yes 10%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 40%

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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