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The endocrine system, including anatomy of the brain, neuroendocrine
control, gland and function, hormone structure and biosynthesis, mechanisms
of hormone action, and relationship to reproduction, lactation, growth,
- To familiarize students with the fields of endocrinology
- To integrate control of the endocrine glands and
relate to production functions of our food producing animals.
- To develop an understanding of mechanisms of hormone
action as related to the various classes of hormones (proteins, peptides,
steroids, biogenic amines, etc.).
- To integrate recent research into the course via
utilization of current journal articles as laboratory participation.
- Provide students with a working knowledge of the
array of research techniques utilized in endocrine research by active
participation in laboratories.
Course is offered bi-annually during Spring Semester.
Three lectures are held each week, and a 2 hour laboratory is also conducted
each week. Textbook is required.
Final grade is based on four, 1 hour examinations, and
oral scientific paper presentation in student symposium. Material
presented in laboratories also covered in exams.
Material to be covered in the course:
- Introduction and History to Endocrinology
- Brain, Pituitary
- Hypothalamus-Pituitary regulation
- Neural Lobe Hormones
- Reproductive Endocrinology
- Growth Factors
- Thyroid Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Hormones
- Mineral Metabolism
- Clinical Aspects of Mineral Metabolism
- Adrenal Cortex
- Adrenal Medulla
- Interaction of Immune System with Endocrine System
- Endocrine association with cancer