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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 1 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Familiarizes students with modern developmental biology and the use of this knowledge to understand common human malformations. Includes lectures on the methodology and model systems of developmental biology; a review of preimplantation development and gastrulation, and embryogensis/organogensis. Subsequent lectures focus on the development of organ systems.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
explain the different ways to analyze birth defects: analytically, embryologically, and by developmental biological analysis
describe the basic stages of development: preimplantation, gastrulation, organogenesis, and fetal growth
describe the basic genetic molecular control mechanisms of development
describe the basic concept of evolutionary conservation of ontogeny
define the concepts of homologous genes and structures
describe the mechanism of laterality determination in vertebrates
analyze a congenital anomaly including the embryology and developmental biology of the genesis of the abnormality using sources including appropriate textbooks, journal articles and online resources

Methods of Assessment: Final exam.
Location: NIH - Bethesda, MD
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students
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Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
  • National Inst. Health
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2015-2016