The undergraduate years represent a critical time in the development of our future scientists and medical researchers. For most, lectures and practical sessions will provide many students with their first encounter into the world of medical research. The ACBD is committed to providing undergraduate students with a basic understanding into haematology and blood diseases, and is currently expanding its contribution to undergraduate teaching at Monash University. Staff at the ACBD participate in the delivery of lectures, practical classes and tutorials for Human Pathology:
Human Pathology 1, Understanding Disease Processes HUP 3011:
Coordinator: Dr Simon Royce
HUP3011 introduces students to basic pathology, i.e. the biological foundations upon which diseases are characterised, the way their progress is understood, and the consequences of pathological alterations upon normal tissue and organ function. The concepts of tissue injury and cell death, inflammation, haematopathology, disorders of immunity, disorders of cell growth, neoplasia and the pathology of infectious diseases are presented. The mechanisms for pathological processes are reviewed together with how these processes cause disease by overcoming normal regulatory controls. Principles will be illustrated by reference to specific diseases but will be applicable across all systems. This approach will provide students with an understanding of the terminologies applicable to pathology and an appreciation of the causes and natural progress of human diseases.
Human Pathology 2, Pathology of Human Diseases HUP 3022:
Coordinator: Dr Simon Royce
HUP3022 introduces students to a systemic approach to pathology ie the diseases of organ systems. In HUP 3022 organ systems will be addressed in turn and will include the important diseases of each. These will include ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, leukaemia, carcinomas of the breast, lung and colon, inflammatory diseases of the lung, kidney and liver and diseases of the nervous system. The aetiology, clinical presentation, treatment and course of the diseases will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on molecular and genetic aspects of disease pathogenesis. Laboratory investigations will be presented to provide an integrated approach to the diagnosis of specific diseases.
Further Opportunities for Undergraduates to gain working experience at the ACBD
In addition to offering summer scholarships and opening up our research laboratories to host miniprojects for BMS undergraduates, the ACBD also offers the opportunity for second and third-year undergraduates to apply for a part-time position to gain valuable working experience in our research laboratories. These positions are designed to allow undergraduates to experience the research lab environment, and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a ‘scientist’ before they delve into their honours and PhD years. This program has been on offer for a number of years now, and has proven to be very effective in assisting undergraduates in their career decision making, and also providing them with that all important ‘first experience’ that is required for many job applications. For more information please contact Nikki Kara on 9903 0122.