Certified in Endocrinology

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Endocrinology is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions known as hormones. It is also concerned with the integration of developmental events proliferation, growth, and differentiation, and the psychological or behavioural activities of metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep, digestion, respiration, excretion, mood, stress, lactation, movement, reproduction, and sensory perception caused by hormones

What Will You Learn?

  • After completion of this course students should be capable of effectively communicating how endocrine systems function. Students should develop the ability to integrate across multiple endocrine systems to better understand the complexity of endocrine-related disorders. Students should also be capable of critically evaluating information provided by the media and literature on the topic. Lastly, students should gain a general understanding of the approaches used to study various facets of endocrinology

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Course Curriculum

Module 1

  • Introduction: definitions, a brief history of endocrinology, key figures and research
  • Methods in endocrinology, classes of hormones, cascades and feedback loops
  • Hormone sources, synthesis, receptors and target tissues
  • The steroid hormones: sources, structure, synthesis, regulation, receptors and effects on target tissues

Module 2

  • The hypothalamus and anterior pituitary
  • The hypothalamus and anterior pituitary continued and posterior pituitary
  • Thyroid hormones: structure, control, release and function
  • Assignments

Module 3

  • Pancreatic hormones: Insulin and glucagon
  • GI hormones and calcium regulation
  • The adrenal glands: glucocorticoids, structure and function
  • Androgens
  • Oestrogens and the endocrinology of pregnancy  
  • Hormones related to the kidney
  • Assignments

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