Physiology of Human Disease
The objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of human physiology, beginning with the cell and principles of cellular physiology and continuing through most of the major organ systems. Focus on hereditary diseases and therapeutic approaches will be used to emphasize and teach physiological principles. Course topics will include: membrane transport and the physiological basis of cystic fibrosis, stem cell physiology and bone marrow transplantation, the etiology and physiology of diabetes, pathophysiology of the Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndromes, congenital heart malformations and pediatric cardiology, and physiology of the muscular dystrophies and skeletal dysplasias. The course will include student presentations on special topics of their choice in physiology, as well as midterm and final exams.