MEDCG010 Gastroenterology

Module Title
MEDCG010 Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Module Value
15
Term
Term 2
Short Description The Gastroenterology and Hepatology specialist module provides a bench-to-bedside approach to this discipline, emphasising cutting-edge research at UCL and how this may provide new approaches to therapy. A feature of this module is clinical observation, for example of multidisciplinary team meetings, ward round and procedures such as colonoscopy, which supplement the teaching and tutorial sessions.
Module Aims and Objectives
  • To provide an overview of the physiology of the gut and liver in health and disease
  • To demonstrate how knowledge of basic mechanisms may be applied to the understanding of existing and potential novel treatments for gastrointestinal and hepatological disorders
  • To provide guidance in literature research to aid the development of independent learning skills
  • To encourage the development of communication and teamwork skills
 Topics
  • The Human Genome Project
  • Personalised Medicine
  • Mucosal Host Defence and Immunology 
  • Physiology of the Gut: Overview of gut function and & control
  • Liver Cells and the Bioartificial Liver
  • Physiology of the  Gut
  • Salivary and gastric secretion
  • Recombinant Antibodies for Cancer Therapy 
  • Hepatitis C  
  • Digestion and absorption of nutrients
  • Cancer Therapy for Colorectal Cancer
  • Orthotopic liver transplantation
  • Genetics of Crohn's disease
  • Hepatitis B  
  • Haemochromatosis: an inherited liver disease 
Assessment details
  • Oral Presentation (20%)
  •  3,000 word essay (80%)
 Module Tutor
Dr Ann Walker

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