10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: MBB261

Aims/Description: The aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into how a fundamental biochemical analysis of the mechanisms of human disease plays a crucial role in understanding the causes of disease and points the way to novel therapeutic interventions. The module aims to show how the combined efforts of biochemists and clinicians are needed to arrive at a complete characterisation of a given disease and to identify possible targets for intervention. During the module we will consider some of the most common major diseases in the population, including inflammation, obesity, amyloid-related diseases, cancer, atherosclerosis and renal scarring, and consider how diseases and their treatments interact.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam
WebCT resources are available for this module

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK