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Graduate Courses

Comparative Medicine faculty teach a number of graduate courses at the School of Medicine, including:

NSCI 585a: Stem and Progenitor Cells in the Adult Nervous System

This seminar course, through original papers in the literature, examines our current knowledge of adult neurogenesis and neural stem/progenitor cells. We study the advantages and disadvantages of transplantation techniques vs. recruitment of endogenous progenitors for repair of the damaged nervous system, in a variety of animal models. The focus is on consensus work, but we also delve into the controversies of neural stem cell research. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are examined. The term ends with a survey of progenitor cells used in clinical trials.

GENE 500: Principles of Human Genetics

A genetics course taught jointly for graduate students and medical students, covering current knowledge in human genetics as applied to the genetic foundations of health and disease.

GENE 703: Mouse in Biomedical Research

Aspects of comparative genomics, construction of genetically altered mice, mouse phenotyping and study design relevant to the use of mice in the study of human disease. Prerequisites: an undergraduate level knowledge of genetics and mammalian anatomy and physiology.