The curriculum for Mini-Med School 2012 contains the following featured segments:
Anatomy: The Faces of Anatomy
The modern science of Medicine began with the study of anatomy. Medical students today must have an understanding of the structure and functions of the human body. Barry Hinton, PhD, will guide students in exploration of this topic.
AIDS is the most disastrous new disease of our time. However, research seeking a cure has produced important advances in our knowledge of the immune system, viruses, and gene therapy. Along with Brian Wispelwey, MD, we will consider the future if the epidemic, the insidious virus that causes disease, the response of the immune system to the virus, and research on treatment and prevention.
Hormones and Cells: The Ups and Downs of Blood Sugar
In this session we will examine how blood sugar is stored and how hormonal signals activate and change our metabolism to maintain health. With Eugene Barrett, MD we will also look at how defects in this delicate cell signaling system can result in diseases such as diabetes and how new research approaches may aid treatment in the future.
Cancer: When Good Cells Go Bad
Cancer occurs when genes that control the growth and movement of normal cells accumulate mutations. The result is unrestrained cellular behavior. For example, the genes which control the normal process of healing a wound can, when mutated, give rise to unregulated, malignant behaviour. Understanding these molecular genetic changes is leading to better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer. Geoffrey Weiss, MD, will lead us in discussion and exploration of this topic.
Research in Action: A Tour of a Research Lab
Under the direction of John S. Lazo, PhD, participants will be divided into small groups. Each group will visit a research lab and see first-hand how medical research is conducted at the University.