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    GMS 6400C Principles of Medical Physiology

    This course teaches the functions of the human body at a level required for clinical medicine. This course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are organized by system: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal. Additional content includes an introductory section on the cell and autonomic nervous system and a final integration across the organ systems. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills evaluating clinical situations.

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    GMS 6401 Medical Renal Physiology

    Medical Renal Physiology (GMS6401) teaches the functions of the renal system of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of renal physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations

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    GMS 6402 Medical Respiration Physiology

    Medical Respiration Physiology (GMS6402) teaches the functions of the pulmonary system of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of cardiovascular physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

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    GMS 6410 Physiology of Circulation of Blood

    This is an advanced graduate class, also suitable for postdoctoral students which will expose students to in depth discussion and understanding of several aspects of cardiovascular function, as follows: Control of cardiac development; vascular and microvascular function; baroreflex and chemoreflex control of the circulation; role of the kidney and central nervous systems in cardiovascular regulation; the maternal and fetal circulation in normal pregnancy; use of gene therapy tools in cardiovascular research. The teaching faculty is drawn from a wide range of disciplines and are all actively involved in research on their areas of expertise. The structure of this course involves 1). Lectures by research faculty on areas of their expertise and 2). Tutorial style discussions on original articles which expand on the didactic lecture material.

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    GMS 6413 Advances in Hypertension Research

    This course delves into important, current aspects of Hypertension research. It begins with
    clinical trials and pharmacogenomics; considers mono- and polygenic forms of hypertension; dietary/environmental influences leading to salt dependent hypertension/metabolic syndrome/type 2 diabetes; neural control of BP and stress-induced hypertension; endothelial dysfunction / inflammation and stem cells in hypertension and concludes with hypertension in pregnancy and fetal programming of hypertension. The teaching faculty is drawn from a wide range of disciplines and are all actively involved in research on their areas of expertise.

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    GMS 6414 Advanced Renal Physiology and Pathophysiology

    This is an advanced graduate class, also suitable for postdoctoral students which will expose students to in depth discussion and understanding of several aspects of kidney function, as follows: Physiological control of glomerular filtration and glomerular function in renal disease; regulation of renal sodium excretion; morphology of renal transporters; renal mechanisms of acid base balance; the renal physiologic responses to normal pregnancy. The teaching faculty is drawn from a wide range of disciplines and are all actively involved in research on their areas of expertise. The structure of this course involves 1). Lectures by research faculty on areas of their expertise and 2). Tutorial style discussions on original articles which expand on the didactic lecture material.

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    GMS 6419 Medical Endocrinology and Reproduction

    Medical Endocrinology and Reproduction (GMS6419) teaches the functions of the endocrine and reproductive systems of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of cardiovascular physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

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    GMS 6440 Fundamentals of Medical Physiology

    Fundamentals of Medical Physiology (GMS6440) teaches the basic functions of the human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. This is an introductory course to be taken before or simultaneous with courses on specific organ systems physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

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    GMS 6474 Medical Cardiovascular and Muscle Physiology

    Medical Cardiovascular and Muscle Physiology (GMS6474) teaches the functions of muscle and the cardiovascular system of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of cardiovascular physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

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    GMS 6479 Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology

    Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology (GMS6479) teaches the functions of the digestive system of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of cardiovascular physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

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