Clinical Biochemistry

DNA analysis machineThe Clinical Biochemistry module describes how hospital laboratories diagnosis disease, including cancer and coronary heart disease, and how they detect drugs of abuse. All the lectures are given by staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and so it is straight 'from the horse's mouth'. The module includes a visit to the busy and highly automated biochemistry laboratories at the hospital.

Autumn Term


LeakeDavid_largeProfessor David Leake is the programme advisor for the Biomedical Sciences programme and the module co-ordinator for the Clinical Biochemistry module. His research is concerned with the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, a condition in which the walls of arteries thicken. He is specifically interested in the mechanisms of low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and the effects that oxidised LDL has on cells within atherosclerotic lesions. The ultimate aim is to use antioxidants to inhibit the oxidation of LDL or to protect the cells from the harmful effects of oxidised LDL.

Other lecturers involved in this module include scientists in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

Module convenor: Professor David Leake

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