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
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