This module may only be taken by Medical Genetics students.
Module code: MB3050
The aim of the module is to give students an appreciation of the application of genetics to a broad range of areas of modern medicine.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- Assess how genetics has impacted upon the practice of medicine
- Outline the problems and advances in using genetics to understand complex diseases
- Illustrate the ways in which genetic knowledge is impacting on cancer therapeutics
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the contribution of genetics to the study of brain diseases, heart disease and cancer
- Research and integrate information from a range of sources in order to give a critical appraisal of a chosen specialist area
- Appraise a current research paper and give an oral presentation on it
The lecture programme will consist of 24 lectures covering the following topics:
- Cancer Genetics
- Cardiovascular Genetics
- Genomic variation and disease
- Genetic epidemiology
The tutorial programme will support the lectures and will take three forms:
- Discussions of clinical case studies and assessment of risk in medical genetics
- Research article presentations
- An exam clinic
- Examination: 70%
- Continuous assessment: 30%, consisting of an oral presentation (10%) and an essay (20%)
Strachan, T. and Read, A.P. (2011). Human Molecular Genetics, (4th edition), published by Garland Science. ISBN 978-0815341499, £40.00.
Lists of original research articles and reviews will be given during the module.