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Nerve Injury Treatment: Medicine, Science & Engineering

Key Information

Module code
ISSU1055
Taught during
Session 2
Module leader
Tom Quick
Pre-requisites
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent; One subject in the sciences, preferably Biology, to A level standard or equivalent
Assessment method
Ongoing peer-peer assessment (5%), 10-minute presentation (20%), 30-minute SBA (Single Best Answer) test (10%), 2,500-word essay (65%)
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Module overview

Peripheral Nerve Injury is a field of regenerative medicine which is advancing towards a paradigm shift in available therapeutic options. The ability of medicine to manipulate one of the only organ systems which has the capacity in a human to regrow is at the forefront of fields of surgical science, pharmacology, cellular engineering, bioengineering and assistive technologies.

This module offers the student the capacity to experience all the current therapeutic options for peripheral nerve injury treatment through a collaboration of the only clinical unit in the world to focus purely on nerve injury and UCL; a recognised world leader in neurobiology and engineering. This exposure will be through lectures and exposure in the clinical environment (clinic, rehab and the operating theatre) to all the basic concepts and theories of improving outcomes after nerve injury.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have gained an appreciation of what effect a nerve injury produces on an individual
  • Have experience of the multidisciplinary approach deployed to investigate, support and treat patients with nerve injury
  • Understand how to assess this nerve injury and what current therapies are possible
  • Have gained an appreciation of what engages current scientific endeavor towards decreasing the impact of nerve injury in affected patient
  • Have gained the ability to speculate about the future directions of possible scientific advance and their application and implications

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. Students should have studied one subject in the sciences, preferably Biology, to A level standard or equivalent

Module hours

The first week of the module is taught on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. Weeks two and three are based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) at Stanmore, Middlesex (UCL Summer School will cover transport costs). The RNOH is the UK’s leading specialist orthopaedic hospital, recognised internationally for its outstanding patient care, research and education. Stanmore is approximately a 40-minute journey from central London. The module offers 45 contact hours but students are expected to attend an additional 100 hours on assignments and self-study.

Assessment

  • 2,500 word essay (65%)
  • 30 min SBA (single best answer) test (10%)
  • 10-minute presentation (20%) + Ongoing Peer to Peer assessment (5%)

Module leader

Tom Quick is a fellowship trained peripheral neurosurgeon at the National Referral Centre the Peripheral Nerve Injury Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Toms clinical practice encompasses all aspects of nerve injury treatment from primary intervention to later reconstruction in the neonate, child, adolescent and adult. He also runs a clinic in the treatment of the upper limb in tetraplegia.
Tom has research collaborations across UCL within the Nerve Regeneration Network and is currently engaged in exploratory science projects towards the rate of nerve regeneration, MRI neurography and cell therapies towards augmenting and improving nerve regeneration. The Division of Surgery UCL appointed Tom Head of Undergraduate Education in 2014.

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