Structures and Systems in Biology

  • Histology 1 - Cells and Fundamental Tissues NBIPMOD9

    Module description: This module is a basic introduction to histology which emphasizes structure function relationships. It is suitable for any student who has not previously studied histology, including students who may have limited prior exposure to biology. The module has both theory and practical components. The practicals will consist of directed use of a virtual microscope to examine examples of the tissues covered in the module. This module is restricted to consideration only of the fundamental tissues; epithelium, connective tissue, cartilage and bone, muscle, nerve and vascular. The module begins with a brief introduction to cells and subcellular structure and also includes a brief treatment of mitosis, cell cycle and apoptosis. Each of the fundamental tissues (as above) is then examined.

    Level: 1 
    ECTS: 2 (where 1 ECTS = 25-30 hours student effort) Host Institution: NUI, Galway / Anatomy. Module Coordinator: Dr. Brendan Wilkins / brendan.wilkins@nuigalway.ie. Offered: Semester 1 . Prerequisites: None

    Please view this short presentation before you enroll in the module and fill out the pre-enrollment form.

  • Histology 2 - Organs and Systems NBIPMOD10

    Module description: This module continues on from the basic introduction to histology given in Histology 1. In this module the student will explore structure function relationships in all of the major organs and systems. These will include the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urinary, male and female reproductive, endocrine, integumentary and immune systems and also includes a brief consideration of the formed elements of blood. The module has both theory and practical components. The practicals will consist of directed use of a virtual microscope to examine examples of the tissues covered in the module. On completion of the module each student will be able to recognize and identify microscopic sections of tissues and organs, identify their cellular and non-cellular components, and explain how the architecture of each of the organs contributes to organ function. Level: 2 ECTS: 3 (where 1 ECTS = 25-30 hours student effort) Host Institution: NUI, Galway / Anatomy Module Coordinator: Dr. Brendan Wilkins / brendan.wilkins@nuigalway.ieOffered: Semester 2 Prerequisites: Histology 1 – Introduction to Cells and Tissues

  • Introduction to Stereology NBIPMOD6

    An introducton to stereology and stereological methods. Sampling theory, absolute and relative stereological parameters, volume estimation, Cavalieri method, number estimation, disector, surface estimation, length estimation. Didactic material supplemented by assignments and exercises completed by individual participants on and off line. Level 1, Course Director: Prof. Peter Dockery NUIG. Course currently under construction Due March 2011.

  • Intermediate/Advanced Stereology NBIPMOD7

    This module builds on and extends the material covered in the introductory module and includes consideration of computer based stereological methods. The theoretical material is supplemented by a course/workshop at which participants will receive opportunities to put stereological methods and techniques into practice. Level: 2; Course Director:Prof. Peter Dockery NUIG. This course is currently in preparation due march 2011

  • Introduction to chemical synthesis of biological macromolecules NBIPMOD26

    This course is aimed at introducing students at the chemical synthesis of biological macromolecules as peptides, nucleic acids and Peptide Nucleic Acids. Basic information on the chemical structure of the molecules will be given first, followed by an illustration of the techniques currently employed for the synthesis of these molecules. Chemical reactions occurring in the various step of the synthesis will be illustrated. Level 1; Course Director: Alessandra Romanelli IBB Italy. Further details on this course can be found here.

  • Mathematical Modeling in Systems Biology NBIPMOD15

    This course provides an introduction to mathematical modelling and the role and advantages of quantitative and dynamical approaches in biology.  

    Level: 2 Constituent elements: Lectures - 15 hours (3 ECTS), Assignments (2x25 hours) - 50 hours (2 ECTS)

    Topics: Basics about mathematical models in biomedical research; Mathematical modelling of kinetic pathways; Stochastic models and sensitivity analysis; Diffusion problems; Modules and control mechanisms; Robustness and fragility of biochemical networks; Data driven and statistical models. Course Directors: Heinrich Huber RCSI; Dimitris Kalamatianos NUIM; Markus Rehm RCSI.

  • Synthetic Labeling of Polypeptides NBIPMOD24

    Peptides have an important potential in medicine, not only as investigation tools in life science research, but also as drug candidates in their own right and for the production of peptide conjugates and drug delivery systems. Current techniques of synthesis (Solid Phase) allow the convenient preparation of peptides comprising from 5 to about 40 amino-acids. These sequences can be assembled from natural, unnatural and/or post-translationally modified amino-acids and be modified with a variety of labelling agents (eg. fluorescent dyes, biotin).

    This module will provide training in the techniques of:
    - Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (performed by an automated synthesiser)
    - Peptide labelling (performed manually)
    - Peptide isolation and purification by reverse-phase HPLC.
    - Peptide lyophilization (Freeze-Drying)

    Course director: Dr Marc Devocelle, Peptide Synthesis Laboratory, Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. mdevocelle@rcsi.ie T: +353 (0)1 402 2176

    Further details on this course can be found here.