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H1: Molecular Medicine I – 22831

(2 hrs/week; 2 CP; Fall 2024)

Christoph Handschin, Markus H. Heim

The purpose of this lecture series is to introduce biologists to the mechanisms that cause human diseases. Emphasis will be on the genetic and environmental factors that lead to diseases, and how this knowledge can be used to develop diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The series will start with a lecture on the human genome and its impact on molecular medicine, followed by lectures on infectious diseases (e.g. AIDS, Malaria), and disorders of the immune system (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis). Other lectures will concentrate on organ systems such as blood, cardiovascular system, gastro-intestinal and respiratory system and more general topics such as cancer, psychiatric disease and aging.