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Title Overview of Molecular Endocrinology
Course number 5282
Programme Metabolism och endokrinologi
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2021-03-15 -- 2021-03-26
Responsible KI department Institutionen för laboratoriemedicin
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to provide doctoral and post-doctoral students an in-depth understanding of the cell and molecular mechanisms as well as the fundamental principles of hormone action in tissues in health and disease. To prepare for public speaking in-front of a scientific audience, students are required to display their knowledge through a formal presentation on a current research topic in cellular and molecular endocrinology. An additional emphasis will be placed on how state-of-the art methodologies have been utilised to further our knowledge of endocrine signalling.
Intended learning outcomes After successfully completing this course, students should have obtained a fundamental knowledge of molecular endocrinology and acquired the following abilities:
1. to explain the molecular mechanisms by which peptide and steroid hormones activate their receptors to provoke their biological effects;
2. to comprehend how the actions of hormones are involved in both health and disease;
3. to construct pathways of the endocrine systems that link control and production of hormones in specific tissues with the actions of these hormones in their respective target organs;
4. to develop an in-depth comprehensive knowledge of endocrinology from a physiological, cellular, and molecular perspective.
Contents of the course This course will cover a selection of current topics involved in hormone signalling at an organ, tissue, cellular and molecular level from receptor interaction to gene response including receptor structure and function interactions with their hormone, second messengers, transcriptional regulation and autocrine and paracrine feedback signalling pathways. The course will emphasise the critical understanding of how hormones act at the molecular level and why their signalling pathways synergise or antagonise each other under normal and pathological physiological conditions. Fundamental Endocrinology: anatomy and physiology will provide foundational knowledge to complement current topics in endocrinology to exemplify the concepts of the course such as neuroendocrine signalling, metabolic disease, ageing, reproductive determination, exercise medicine and environmental medicine. To develop our in-depth comprehensive knowledge of endocrinology from a physiological, cellular, and molecular perspective the course will additionally cover current methodologies applied in research.
Teaching and learning activities The course will be distance learning/interactive based in the format of cathedral-style lectures to expose students to fundamental molecular endocrine concepts, current topic seminars to exemplify concepts, and interactive student-led seminars and discussions to allow the students an opportunity to utilise conceptual knowledge.
Compulsory elements The students are expected to be present for all lectures and seminars. They are expected to actively participate in discussions. Missed sessions may be replaced by written tasks adapted to the situation.
Examination Each student will be assigned one team-led presentation to critique both presenters and journal article. The critique will be formulated in a grant style format. The student will be expected to review the specific topic within molecular endocrinology that the article emphasises. Then create a testable question and develop a hypothesis based on the topic. Then develop a methodological approach to prove the hypothesis. The student teams that present the article will be considered experts in that topic and the student will critique their position within the field. (Learning outcomes 1-4).
Literature and other teaching material Recommended reading
1. Molecular Endocrinology, Editor Patricia Joseph-Bravo, 2006, Research Signpost.
2. Molecular Endocrinology 3rd Edition, Editor Franklyn F. Bolander, 2005, Elsevier Academic Press.
3. Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology 11th Edition, Editor Frederic H Martini, Judi L. Nath, Edwin F. Bartholomew, 2011, Pearson Education.

Only specific chapters will be used from each textbook.

Relevant research articles will be provided to students prior to course start date.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant’s doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information The course was previously given with the number 3174, as shown in the course evaluation below. The course will be distance learning/interactive based in the format of cathedral-style lectures.
Additional course leader John Flanagan
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Amarjit Saini
Institutionen för laboratoriemedicin
Contact person John Flanagan
Institutionen för laboratoriemedicin

CMM, L8:01
Andrology and Molecular Endocrinology Units
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Amarjit Saini
Institutionen för laboratoriemedicin