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Physiology of Circulation of Blood

  • Course Number: GMS 6410
  • Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
  • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
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Course Description

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; and use of gene therapy tools in cardiovascular research. The teaching faculty are 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.


This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to biology, chemistry and/or physics. In addition, Principles of Medical Physiology (GMS6400c) is required.


Peter Sayeski, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics,; Tel 352-392-1816.


This course is designed to be taken as part of the certificate in medical physiology program and should be preceded by GMS 6400C.

Course Goals

The cardiovascular system supplies the vital organs with blood and is under complex control. This course explores: 1) how the heart develops; 2) heterogeneity of structure and function in the vasculature; 3) the baroreflex and chemoreflex control of the circulation; 4) how the kidney and the brain both exert long term influence on cardiovascular function; 5) the maternal and fetal cardiovascular adaptations during a normal pregnancy; 6) use of gene therapy in cardiovascular research.