BIMBD1-Regenerative Medicine

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2015/6

Module Convenor: Dr Keith Foster

Email: k.foster@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Regenerative biology is an emerging interdisciplinary field of research with clinical applications focused on the repair, replacement or regeneration of cells, tissues, or organs. It uses a combination of approaches including soluble molecules, gene therapy, stem cell transplantation, immune modulation, tissue engineering, and the reprogramming of cell and tissue types. Studying normal processes in tissue growth and maintenance gives clues to the molecular pathology that underlies disease and conversely the study of age related or genetic diseases underpins our understanding of normal tissue homeostasis and repair.

Aims:
To understand the background of therapeutic approaches to age-related or genetic diseases. This will include understanding approaches such stimulation of endogenous stem cells (age-related), migration of stem cells, tissue engineering and the transfer of genes into affected tissues. Also students will understand how the immune system can modify disease progression and presentation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students should have understood the concepts and technologies currently under development to address unmet clinical needs in the area of regenerative medicine. Students will develop critical analysis, written and presentation skills through the analysis of the field of regenerative medicine and the wider scientific literature.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The Autumn term module will introduce students to the major technologies and techniques currently being developed to repair, replace or regenerate cells, tissues, or organs to counter human clinical diseases. Further, understanding the role that the immune system plays in modifying and/or exacerbating disease establishment or progression will provide additional insights into disease processes and suggest further targets for therapeutic intervention. Thus medicine development will continue to address the primary pathology OR the consequence of the pathology. Students will understand that multi-modal approaches will become the norm throughout the 21st century and more emphasis will centered on the development of personalized medicines. Student critical thinking, analysis and presentation skills will also be assessed through written tests, tutorials and oral presentations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will primarily be delivered by attendance at lectures, seminars, small group tutorials and problem–based learning presentations. Additionally, individual study will be required to review the literature in preparation for the tutorials and presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 20
Guided independent study 160
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
N/A

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
N/A

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
A reassessment essay title will be provided by the module convenor.

Last updated: 11 March 2015

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