University of Washington

Mechanisms of Disease
PATH 550, Autumn Quarter, 3 credits

This course has been developed as the ‘cornerstone’ course of the M3D PhD program curriculum and is designed to provide students with an overview of the major organ systems affected by human disease and the major cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of human disease. Importantly, this course provides students with insight into the role of molecular medicine in biomedical research and the potential impact of molecular medicine on human diseases in order to improve human health. This course provides the foundation for the didactic curriculum of the M3D PhD Program.

This course examines the mechanisms of inflammation, cell injury, death, repair, immunity and neoplasia as well as diseases of various organ systems. Systems covered include the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, neurologic, endocrine, and genitourinary/renal systems. Topics will be presented through lecture, primary literature, and discussion.


For additional information on these or other Pathology Department courses please contact Steve Berard (sberard@uw.edu).

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