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Dr Alexander Barrow
Dr Sophie Paquet-Fifield
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Frontiers in Human Diseases introduces students to topics at the forefront of pathology in human diseases of national, regional and global importance. This subject is delivered by clinicians, scientists and diagnostic pathologists to foster students’ appreciation of the latest advances in science and medicine. Through workshops, discussion sessions and lectures, students will develop an understanding of the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of major diseases affecting society. Through this subject, students will develop fundamental skills that will enable them to become critical and creative leaders in the field of Biomedicine or pursue a career in any of the Health Sciences.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe disease processes using appropriate scientific terminology.
- Discuss how scientific discoveries advance the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and our understanding of human diseases.
- Critically analyse pathogenic processes to demonstrate that different diseases share common and unique disease mechanisms.
- Integrate concepts from the latest fields of research in key human diseases to analyse the molecular and evolutionary basis for disease.
- Critically evaluate the latest data, the use of novel technologies, and emerging new ideas in research to formulate new hypotheses and experimental approaches.
At the end of this subject students should have consolidated the following skills:
- Understand and link complex overlapping and related ideas.
- Source, organise, read and understand reference material covering a wide range of topics.
- Emerge as independent critical and analytical thinkers able to ask questions about complex processes.
- Appreciate the importance of scientific research to society.
- Develop planning and written communication skills.
Last updated: 31 January 2024