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Module code:PHAR3031 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Pharmacology of Inflammation
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):D. Willis
Organiser's location:GM05
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:No specific Module prerequisites are required. The course contains aspects of Cell biology, Pharmacology, Immunology and Pathology so knowledge of any of these areas may be beneficial but not essential as background material is available if required. Please contact the course tutor if you have any questions. 
Module outline:This module is aimed at students wishing to study the process of inflammation, its role in disease and how to control this pathophysiological response. Due to the widespread role of inflammation in human physiology and pathology the module would be of interest to all students in the Life sciences and medicine. As our knowledge of human disease increases it is becoming evident that inflammation plays a significant role in many pathologies. These diseases not only includes the classical inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, arthritis, allergies, the auto-immune pathologies and Multiple sclerosis, but also atherosclerosis, ischemic-reperfusion injury, sepsis/multiply organ failure and COPD. Inflammation is also an important component of metabolic diseases, with evidence suggesting a link between diabetes obesity and inflammation; is an important in tumourgenesis and its therapy and is the underlying mechanism by which transplants are rejected.Finally inflammation as now been implicated in a wide variety of neurological conditions and diseases. This course provides in-depth coverage of the core mechanism by which inflammation is initiated and maintained and discusses the state of the current and future research trends in its treatment. Due to the fundamental role inflammation plays in human biology the course is relevant to most life science and medical degree programmes. 
Module aims:The aim of this module is to provide upto-date information on the mediators and cells which drive inflammation, how they interact to provide a robust response, and how dysfunctions in these pathways lead to pathology. The course will also describe currently used anti-inflammatory drugs and investigate future trends in this area of pharmacological research and how it relates to a variety of pathologies. The course also teaches the quantitative and qualitative skills required for students to analysis the current art in this field. 
Module objectives:1) To know which cells, mediators and mechanisms are key in the development of an inflammatory response. 2) To understand the criteria and research methods used to assess whether or not endogenous substances may be described as mediator of inflammation and if it is a therapeutic target. 3) To be able to explain the mechanism of action of drugs which are used to control the inflammatory process. 4) To appreciate current trends in inflammatory mediator and anti-inflammatory drug research, including the most upto-date clinical data. 5) Develop generic skills in data analysis and interpretation. 6) To develop presentation skills in the form of an expert review of a subject area.  
Key skills provided by module:In addition to providing an update overview of inflammation, the course aims to provide the skills which are required when formulating, justifying and presenting a project. These skills not only have relevance to the preparation research reports but also subject critiquing in general. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:1 essay of 3000 words 25.00%
Unseen two-hour written examination 75.00% 
Notes:The course is delivered as a series of: Lectures: (covering the main subject/art of inflammation, inflammatory diseases & their therapy) Seminars: (covering data interpretation in inflammation research) Individual Tutorials: (covering assignment) Students can arrange individual/small group revision tutorials with D Willis when/if required. 
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Last updated:2017-08-03 11:33:09 by uckldwi