Molecular Pathology

Course content

The focus of the course is the study of disease, including the cause (etiology), mechanisms of development (pathogenesis), and structural/functional alterations involved. The course begins with an introduction to the normal histology of relevant tissues and organs, required to later identify pathological lesions. Then the pathologic basis of a broad range of common diseases is covered. Main topics include cell injury, adaptation, and death; inflammation; neoplasia; and cardiovascular, immunological, infectious, neurological, metabolic, and musculoskeletal diseases. There is a focus on definitions, terminology, and the description of morphological changes in cells and tissues, as illustrated by clinical examples. There is a strong emphasis on current pathophysiological theories and molecular disease mechanisms, which will be covered by lectures and critically discussed during student activating journal clubs.

Education

MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

Learning outcome

Knowledge

The student will acquire a broad understanding of pathologic concepts and a profound knowledge of the most common diseases and their underlying mechanisms.

Skills

The successful student will know the normal histology of most tissues and organs, be able to recognize and describe relevant pathologic morphologic alterations at the microscopic level, and understand important functional consequence. The student will be familiar with the pathologic terminology, and should know and be able to describe the current pathophysiologic theories and molecular mechanisms related to the development of the included diseases.

Competences

The course should provide the student the theoretical foundation required to engage in critical reading and discussion of disease mechanisms and the capacity to relate basic knowledge to more clinical aspects of the relevant diseases. 

28 lectures
12 microscopy lessons in normal histology (SAU24)
14 microscopy lessons in pathology (SAU24)
16 CASE lessons (8 x 2 lessons, SAU24)
12 journal clubs (6 x 2 lessons, SAU24)
2 lessons related to exam preparation

Recommended textbooks are Robbins & Cotran: Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th Ed. and Ross & Pawlina: Histology – A Text and Atlas 7th Ed. (or any similar histology book).

Case material and original articles discussed at journal clubs.

Suggested readings will be available on Absalon.

It is required that the student has a strong knowledge of cell biology. Knowledge of human physiology is an advantage.

All course materials, correspondence, and examination are in English

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
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Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

The requirement for passing the exam is >50% correct asignment (based on an overall assessment).

The student should be able to use the appropriate terminology to describe the normal histology of most tissues and organs, be able to recognize and describe relevant pathologic morphologic alterations at the microscopic level, and reflect about important functional consequence.

Moreover, the student should be able to convey and reflect about the current pathophysiologic theories and molecular mechanisms related to the development of the included diseases.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Class Instruction
  • 26
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • Exam Preparation
  • 2
  • Preparation
  • 324
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 412