Human Epithelial Biology module (BS32020)

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Credits

15

Module code

BS32020

Semester 2

This module provides a solid understanding of the physiology of human epithelial physiology beginning with an overview of epithelial cell structure and organization followed by an exploration of epithelial function in skin (integumentary), renal and gastrointestinal systems. Through a series of lectures, workshops and disease-themed case studies (cystic fibrosis, epidermolysis bullosa, plus renal and gut diseases) you will learn key principles of physiology relating to pathogen defence, acid-base balance, regulation of body fluid composition and nutrient digestion and absorption. An understanding of how epithelial systems maintain normal human body function, and the defences they mount in response to disease, is essential for anyone with an interest in biomedical research and the medical professions.