VET20080 Integrated Physiological Communication

VET20080 Integrated Physiological Communication

VET20080 Integrated Physiological Communication 150 150 Peter

VET20080 Integrated Physiological Communication

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module integrates and develops understanding of how cell-cell and tissue communication is important to animals of veterinary significance. The endocrine system is used as an exemplar of coordinated signalling which incorporates feedback patterns, hormones and hormone receptors, cellular responses and disturbed function (pathologies are used to illustrate selected points).This module also develops the principles of signalling by endogenous substances to the actions of exogenous molecules (drugs, toxins, xenobiotics). This way of thinking is developed into an introduction of pharmacology and specifically, how normal signalling systems lend themselves to regulation by drugs (pharmcodynamics).

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students be able to: Compare and contrast cell signalling systems (neuronal, humoral, circulating and immune). Review endocrine principlesInterpret the role(s) of i) adrenal glucocorticoids ii) thyroid hormones iii) growth hormone using veterinary examples. Describe endocrine control of metabolism (carbohydrates/lipid metabolism, tissue and bone growth and calcium balance) in domestic species. Develop, with examples, an awareness of how xenobiotics (drugs) can be used both as a tool with which to study normal physiological function and also as therapeutic agents for cancer, central nervous system and intestinal disease treatment in veterinary medicine.

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