Hot Topics in Physiology - Molecular Mechanisms in Lifestyle-Related Diseases
In the postgenomic era, there is a renewed focus on physiology, the discipline that studies functions and activities of living organisms. Today physiology bridges and combines genetics, biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology with organ and whole body function, the functions of which change with life events. By integrating several disciplines, physiology aims to understand and elucidate the molecular mechanism underpinnings basic functionality as well as disease development. Although some of the basic concepts in physiology are in place, there are still many unresolved problems and dilemmas, which are hot topics of current research. The aim of this course is to use existing knowledge of integrative physiology to reflect on current and seminal publications, develop testable hypotheses, and understand methodologies, data interpretations and limitations of these. In the course, we will cover topics particularly relevant to the research programs led by the course teachers. These will cover basic and unresolved processes in the tissue and organs of interest, such as pancreas, adipose tissue, gut, liver, skeletal muscle and cardiovascular system. The student will gain insight into novel inter-cellular and inter-organ signaling, such as purinergic signaling, control of metabolism and regulation of hormone secretion. We will cover physiology of real-life events and diseases, such as exercise, nutrient metabolism, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine
The student will obtain up to date knowledge within “hot topics”
in physiology that have application in health and pharmaceutical
sector. The focus will be on reading, understanding, presenting and
discussion of current physiological topics and literature. The
student will learn to interpret a variety of data from literature
or from handouts. Furthermore, the student will learn how to
formulate a hypothesis, to explain relevant methodologies and to
use the gained understanding to suggest solutions and experiments
that can answer relevant research questions. Through presentations,
discussions, and writing of short scientific texts (e.g. summary
and interpretation of scientific literature), the student will
learn to communicate the above gained understanding of scientific
problems. The student should present one paper and one scientific
The student will gain up-to date knowledge within selected areas of physiology and understand scientific design and commonly used methods in physiology. The student will gain knowledge required for interpreting and evaluating new datasets and methods.
The student will be able to understand, interpret and integrate the complexity of physiological problems related to normal and abnormal functions. The student will gain experience in hypothesis-driven experimental design that is applied to solve existing and relevant physiological problems.
Based on physiological discipline, the student will be able to understand, analyze and discuss complex and integrated systems and detailed driving mechanisms in health and disease.
Lectures in selected topics will be followed by class teaching. This will include discussions of the lectures, discussion of original literature, instruction and practice in formulation of hypotheses, discussion of methods and data analysis. Furthermore, instruction and learning of communication (oral and written) will be practiced. Current research topics and methodologies will be demonstrated in laboratory visits.
It is recommended that students have a comprehensive knowledge
of physiology and cell biology corresponding to the Master level in
Biology, Biochemistry or Molecular Biomedicine. It is advantageous
if the student have had the course Cellular and Integrative
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes, no preparation
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board for the Biological Area
- Department of Biology
- Faculty of Science
- Ivana Novak (6-7b808188737d52747b81407d8740767d)
Ivana Novak, Henriette Pilegaard, Jacob B. Hansen, Jakob G. Knudsen, Kristian A. Haanes and Karsten Kristiansen
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