Cell & Tissue Pathology
The Cell and Tissue Pathology module studies the causes, the underlying mechanisms and consequences (both structural and functional) of diseases at the cellular level. Cell Pathology is a fundamental part of biomedical research and laboratory clinical medicine as cellular abnormalities often function as disease indicators. The aim of the module is to familiarise students with traditional (routine staining procedures and microscopic examination methods) as well as modern state of the art cellular pathology techniques. Relevant examples will be examined to demonstrate the power of cell pathology methodologies in the diagnosis and prognosis of diseases. Moreover, students will learn how human cells/tissues react and adapt to their environment, gain insights into the molecular frameworks that govern proper cellular functioning and tissue homeostasis (cell cycle, cell death, cell communication, cell signalling and structural remodelling), and obtain knowledge of the mechanisms that injure, damage and repair tissues. Relevant human diseases (cancer, cardiovascular, renal, musculoskeletal disorders and others) will be covered in order to enhance understanding of cell structure and function at the molecular, cellular and tissue level. The content of this module will contribute to background knowledge for the level 3 module Biology of Disease.