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Honours Physiology (75 credits)

Offered by: Physiology     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

Revision, February 2015. Start of revision.

All admissions to the Honours program will be in U2, and the student must have a U1 GPA of 3.30, with no less than a B in PHGY 209 and PHGY 210. Admission to U3 requires a U2 CGPA of 3.20 with no less than a B in U2 Physiology courses. Decisions for admission to U3 will be heavily influenced by student standing in U2 courses.

The Department reserves the right to restrict the number of entering students in the Honours program. Students who do not maintain Honours standing may transfer their registration to the Major program in Physiology.

The deadline to apply to the Honours program is May 20, 2015. Application forms are available online at physiology [dot] med [at] mcgill [dot] ca or a hard copy can be picked up at McIntyre 1021. An e-mail will be sent to acknowlege receipt of your application.

Graduation: To graduate from the Honours Physiology program, the student will have a CGPA of 3.20 with a mark no less than a B in all Physiology courses.

If not previously taken, CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 must be completed in addition to the 75 program credits.

Required Courses (60 credits)

  • ANAT 261 Introduction to Dynamic Histology (4 credits)

    Offered by: Anatomy and Cell Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : An introduction to light and electron microscopic anatomy in which cell and tissue dynamics will be explored in the principal tissues and organs of the body.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Craig A. Mandato, Carlos R Morales (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures, 2 hours laboratory
    • Must be taken in U1 by students in Anatomy and Cell Biology programs
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or CEGEP equivalent
    • Restriction: Open to students in biological sciences and others by special permission
  • BIOC 311 Metabolic Biochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : The generation of metabolic energy in higher organisms with an emphasis on its regulation at the molecular, cellular and organ level. Chemical concepts and mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis are also emphasized. Included: selected topics in carbohydrate, lipid and nitrogen metabolism; complex lipids and biological membranes; hormonal signal transduction.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Julie St-Pierre, Thomas Martin Schmeing, Michel Tremblay (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212, CHEM 222
  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Thomas E Bureau, Richard D W Roy, Francesco Fagotto, Monique Zetka (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent
  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to basic principles, and to modern advances, problems and applications in the genetics of higher and lower organisms with examples representative of the biological sciences.

    Terms: Winter 2015, Summer 2015

    Instructors: Daniel J Schoen, Nam Sung Moon, Shelton Hendricks (Winter) David Dankort (Summer)

    • Winter, Summer
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking LSCI 204.
  • BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory (4 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to laboratory techniques with a focus on methods used to investigate fundamental questions in modern cell and molecular biology. Techniques including gene cloning, DNA and protein isolation and manipulation are covered, along with functional analysis of genes and proteins, basic bioinformatics, and computer-based experimental design and data analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Huanquan Zheng, Paul Harrison, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Fall) Huanquan Zheng, Paul Harrison, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter
    • 1 hour lecture and one 6-hour laboratory
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 142, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212, and BIOL 202. BIOL 206 recommended.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOC 300. Requires departmental approval.
    • For approval email anne-marie [dot] sdicu [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Specify your ID number as well as the term and two lab day preferences.
  • CHEM 222 Introductory Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Modern spectroscopic techniques for structure determination. The chemistry of alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, and amines, with special attention to mechanistic aspects. Special topics.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Summer 2015

    Instructors: Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Dmytro Perepichka, David Noble Harpp (Fall) Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Karine Auclair (Winter) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust (Summer)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken an equivalent Organic 2 at CEGEP (see McGill University Basic Math and Sciences Equivalence Table at www.mcgill.ca/mathscitable) or who have or are taking CHEM 234.
  • PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology of body fluids, blood, body defense mechanisms, muscle, peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Ann Wechsler, Phil Gold, David S Ragsdale (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures weekly
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, PHYS 101 or PHYS 131, and PHYS 102 or PHYS 142. Pre-/co-requisites: BIOL 200, CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHGY 211 or students who are taking and who have taken NSCI 200.
    • Restriction: For students in the Faculty of Science, and other students by permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology of cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and renal systems.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John H White, Ann Wechsler, Tomoko Takano (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures weekly
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, PHYS 101 or PHYS 131, and PHYS 102 or PHYS 142. Pre-/co-requisite: BIOL 200, BIOL 201, BIOC 212, CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: For students in the Faculty of Science, and other students by permission of the instructor
    • Although PHGY 210 may be taken without the prior passing of PHGY 209, students should note that they may have some initial difficulties because of lack of familiarity with some basic concepts introduced in PHGY 209
  • PHGY 212 Introductory Physiology Laboratory 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Exercises illustrating fundamental principles in physiology: Biological Signals Acquisitions, Blood, Immunology, Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Physiology.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Julio Martinez Trujillo, Mladen I Glavinovic, Kresimir Krnjevic (Fall)

    • (One 3-hour lab and one 1-hour lecture every second week.)
    • Corequisite: PHGY 209.
    • Restrictions: Required for Physiology students enrolled in PHGY 209. Open to BA &Sc. students and to others by permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken PHGY 212D1/D2.
    • Note: For students in a Physiology program, PHGY 212 should be taken concurrently with PHGY 209.
  • PHGY 213 Introductory Physiology Laboratory 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Exercises illustrating fundamental principles in physiology: Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular, Respiration, Exercise Physiology, Molecular Endocrinology.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Michael R Guevara, Jacopo Mortola, Douglas Watt (Winter)

    • (One 3-hour lab and one 1-hour lecture every second week.)
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 212
    • Corequisite: PHGY 210.
    • Restrictions: Required for Physiology students enrolled in PHGY 210. Open to BA &Sc. students and to others by permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken PHGY 212D1/D2.
    • Note: For students in a Physiology program, PHGY 213 should be taken concurrently with PHGY 210.
  • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In-depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses on cellular communication in the nervous system and the endocrine system.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Ellis Cooper, Per Jesper Sjostrom, Reza Sharif Naeini (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-3 hours optional lab/demonstration/tutorial arranged for a maximum of 3 afternoons per term
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 209 or permission of the instructor.
  • PHGY 312 Respiratory, Renal, & Cardiovascular Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In-depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses underlying our current understanding of topics in renal, respiratory and cardiovascular functions explored beyond the introductory level.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John W Hanrahan, Jacopo Mortola, Alvin Shrier (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-3 hours optional lab/demonstration/tutorial arranged for a maximum of 3 Wednesday afternoons per term
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209 and PHGY 210 or equivalent, PHGY 311 or permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 313 Blood, Gastrointestinal, & Immune Systems Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In-depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses underlying our current understanding of topics in immunology, blood and fluids, and gastrointestinal physiology.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Russell Jones, Volker Manfred Blank, Maia Kokoeva (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-3 hours optional lab/demonstration/tutorial arranged for a maximum of 3 Wednesday afternoons per term
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209 and PHGY 210 or equivalent, PHGY 311 or permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 314 Integrative Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses underlying our current understanding of how single neurons and ensembles of neurons encode sensory information, generate movement, and control cognitive functions such as emotion, learning, and memory, during voluntary behaviours.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Kathleen E Cullen, Reza Sharif Naeini, Julio Martinez Trujillo (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lectures per week
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209
  • PHGY 351 Research Techniques: Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Provides an overview of common research methods in Physiology, including critical analysis and practical experience with some of the methods. Topics include research ethics of animal experimentation, data analysis, membrane biophysics, radioimmunoassay, ion sensitive dyes, immunocytochemistry, localization techniques, protein transport, cell sorting and molecular biology.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Gergely Lukacs, Ali Haghighi, Ursula Stochaj (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hour lecture and 3 hour lab weekly
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209, PHGY 210 and PHGY 311.
    • Corequisites: PHGY 312 and PHGY 313
    • Restriction: Honours Physiology students
  • PHGY 359D1 Tutorial in Physiology (0.5 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : The course consists of regularly scheduled meetings between each individual student and a chosen staff member, to consider current problems in biomedical research and to develop background for a research project to be carried out in U3. Brief written summaries of each meeting are required.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: John H White (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209 and PHGY 210 or equivalent.
    • Corequisites: PHGY 311, PHGY 312 and PHGY 313.
    • Restriction: Enrolment restricted to Honours Physiology students
    • Students must register for both PHGY 359D1 and PHGY 359D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PHGY 359D1 and PHGY 359D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • PHGY 359D2 Tutorial in Physiology (0.5 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : See PHGY 359D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Gergely Lukacs (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 359D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PHGY 359D1 and PHGY 359D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • PHGY 459D1 Physiology Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Discussion of topics in mammalian, cellular and molecular physiology. Students will be required to write one essay and make at least one oral presentation per term. A final course essay is required.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Alvin Shrier, Monroe W Cohen, John W Hanrahan (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours seminar
    • Prerequisite: permission of instructors
    • Required course for U3 Honours students.
    • Students must register for both PHGY 459D1 and PHGY 459D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PHGY 459D1 and PHGY 459D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • PHGY 459D2 Physiology Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : See PHGY 459D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John W Hanrahan, Anie Philip, Alvin Shrier (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 459D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PHGY 459D1 and PHGY 459D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • PHGY 461D1 Experimental Physiology (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Individual project work under the supervision of Departmental Staff members.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Ann Wechsler, Linda H Cooper (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restrictions: Departmental approval required. This course is a requirement for U3 students in the Honours Physiology program, the Major Program in Physiology and Mathematics, and the Major program in Physiology and Physics, and is open to a limited number of other U3 Physiology students.
    • Students must register for both PHGY 461D1 and PHGY 461D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PHGY 461D1 and PHGY 461D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • PHGY 461D2 Experimental Physiology (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : See PHGY 461D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Ann Wechsler (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 461D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PHGY 461D1 and PHGY 461D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

9 credits selected as follows:

3 credits, one of:

  • BIOC 212 Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : An introductory course describing the biochemistry and molecular biology of selected key functions of animal cells, including: gene expression; mitochondrial production of metabolic energy; cellular communication with the extra-cellular environment; and regulation of cell division.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Thomas Duchaine, Arnim Pause, Maxime Bouchard (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200
    • Restrictions: A non-terminal course intended to be followed by BIOC 311; BIOC 312 in the U2 year. Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOL 201 or ANAT 212.
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard, Gregory G Brown (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212

3 credits, one of:

  • BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Application of finite difference and differential equations to problems in cell and developmental biology, ecology and physiology. Qualitative, quantitative and graphical techniques are used to analyze mathematical models and to compare theoretical predictions with experimental data.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Leon Glass (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: one year of calculus. An additional course in calculus is recommended
  • BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Elementary statistical methods in biology. Introduction to the analysis of biological data with emphasis on the assumptions behind statistical tests and models. Use of statistical techniques typically available on computer packages.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to programming in a modern high-level language, modular software design and debugging. Programming concepts are illustrated using a variety of application areas.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Summer 2015

    Instructors: Melanie Lyman-Abramovitch, Jonathan Tremblay (Fall) Jonathan Tremblay, Bentley Oakes (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: a CEGEP level mathematics course
    • Restrictions: COMP 202 and COMP 208 cannot both be taken for credit. COMP 202 is intended as a general introductory course, while COMP 208 is intended for students interested in scientific computation. COMP 202 cannot be taken for credit with or after COMP 250
  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : An introduction to the design of computer algorithms, including basic data structures, analysis of algorithms, and establishing correctness of programs. Overview of topics in computer science.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Mathieu Blanchette, Jérôme Waldispuhl, Hamed Hatami (Fall) Martin Robillard (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.
    • Restrictions: COMP 203 and COMP 250 are considered to be equivalent from a prerequisite point of view, and cannot both be taken for credit.
  • PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments, including analysis of variance, planned and post hoc tests and a comparison of anova to correlational analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Summer 2015

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Hsiu-Ting Yu (Winter) Rhonda N Amsel (Summer)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent
    • This course is required of all students who propose to enter an Honours or Major program in Psychology
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

3 credits, one of:

  • BIOC 312 Biochemistry of Macromolecules (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Gene expression from the start of transcription to the synthesis of proteins, their modifications and degradation. Topics covered: purine and pyrimidine metabolism; transcription and its regulation; mRNA processing; translation; targeting of proteins to specific cellular sites; protein glycosylation; protein phosphorylation; protein turn-over; programmed cell death (apoptosis).

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Alain Nepveu, Gerard Pelletier, Bernard Turcotte (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 311, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212
  • CHEM 203 Survey of Physical Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : The fundamentals of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics with applications to biomolecular systems. Thermodynamic and kinetic control of biological processes.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Bryan Clifford Sanctuary (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 or equivalent.
    • Restrictions: Intended for students in biological science programs requiring only one course in physical chemistry. Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 204 or CHEM 213 or CHEM 223 and CHEM 243.
  • CHEM 204 Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Similar to CHEM 223/CHEM 243. Emphasis on the use of biological examples to illustrate the principles of physical chemistry. The relevance of physical chemistry to biology is stressed.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Christopher Barrett (Fall) Amy Blum (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 or equivalent and one full course in calculus
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 203 or CHEM 213 or CHEM 223 and CHEM 243.

6 credits selected from the Upper-Level Physiology (ULP) course list as follows:

  • BIOL 532 Developmental Neurobiology Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussions of all aspects of nervous system development including pattern formation, cell lineage, pathfinding and targeting by growing axons, and neural regeneration. The basis for these discussions will be recent research papers and other assigned readings.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Donald Van Meyel, Artur Kania, Alyson Elise Fournier (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 1 hour lecture, 2 hours seminar
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 306 or permission of instructor
  • BMDE 519 Biomedical Signals and Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : An introduction to the theoretical framework, experimental techniques and analysis procedures available for the quantitative analysis of physiological systems and signals. Lectures plus laboratory work using the Biomedical Engineering computer system. Topics include: amplitude and frequency structure of signals, filtering, sampling, correlation functions, time and frequency-domain descriptions of systems.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Robert E Kearney (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisites: Satisfactory standing in U3 Honours Physiology; or U3 Major in Physics-Physiology; or U3 Major Physiology-Mathematics; or permission of instructor
  • EXMD 502 Advanced Endocrinology 01 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : This course is designed for U3 students who are in a major or honours program in anatomy, biology, biochemistry or physiology and for graduate students. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to teach biosynthesis and processing of hormones, their regulation, function and mechanism of action. The material will cover hypothalamic, pituitary, thyroid, atrial and adrenal hormones as well as prostaglandins and related substances.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Andrew Bateman, Maia Kokoeva (Fall)

    • Fall
  • EXMD 503 Advanced Endocrinology 02 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Study of the parathyroids, gut and pancreatic hormones and growth factors. In addition, the role of hormones and growth factors in reproduction and fetal maturation will be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Andrew Bateman, Maia Kokoeva (Winter)

    • Winter
  • EXMD 506 Advanced Applied Cardiovascular Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Offered in conjunction with the Department of Physiology. Current topics, methods and techniques for studying the cardiovascular system. Basic and applied cardiac electrophysiology, mechanisms of pacemaker activity, arrhythmias, the effects of drugs on cardiac functions, fetal circulation, coronary circulation, mechanics of blood flow, cardiovascular diseases, renal and neural control of the circulation, and cardiac assist devices.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Adel Schwertani (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): PHGY 313 or by permission of instructors
  • EXMD 507 Advanced Applied Respiratory Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Offered in conjunction with the Department of Physiology. In depth coverage of respiratory biology including: functional anatomy of the respiratory system, pulmonary statics and dynamics, chest wall and respiratory muscles, ventilation and perfusion, control of breathing, and defense mechanisms. This course is aimed at providing a solid grounding in pulmonary biology and its research applications.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Basil Petrof (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 313
  • EXMD 508 Advanced Topics in Respiration (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : Offered in conjunction with the Department of Physiology. In depth coverage of developmental physiology, pulmonary vascular physiology, biology of airway smooth muscle, respiratory epithelium and molecular biology of respiratory muscles. Dyspnea, mechanical ventilation and respiratory failure will also be covered. This course emphasizes application of respiratory biology to basic and applied research and touches on pulmonary pathophysiology.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Elizabeth Dee Fixman (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: EXMD 507
  • MIMM 414 Advanced Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : An advanced course serving as a logical extension of MIMM 314. The course will integrate molecular, cellular and biochemical events involved in the ontogeny of the lymphoid system and its activation in the immune response. The course will provide the student with an up-to-date understanding of a rapidly moving field.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Jörg Fritz, Sylvie Lesage, Maziar Divangahi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hour lecture
    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314
  • MIMM 509 Inflammatory Processes (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : This course concentrates on the non-specific aspects of the immune response, an area which is not adequately covered by the other immunology courses presented at the university. Interactions between guest researchers (from McGill and other universities) and students will be furthered.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Joyce Ellen Rauch, Giovanni Di Battista, Sylvie Lesage (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours of seminar
    • Corequisite: PHGY 513 or MIMM 414
    • This course will be given in conjunction with the Division of Experimental Medicine
    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314
  • PHGY 425 Analyzing Physiological Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : An introduction to quantitative analysis of physiological data, both to the mode of thinking and to a set of tools that allows accurate predictions of biological systems. Examples will range from oscillating genetic networks to understanding higher brain function. Modelling and data analysis through examples and exercises will be emphasized.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Erik Cook, Mladen I Glavinovic, Maurice Chacron (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHGY 311, PHGY 314, BIOL 200 or permission from instructor.
    • Note: Enrolment limited to 20 students.
  • PHGY 451 Advanced Neurophysiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Topics of current interest in neurophysiology including the development of neurons and synapses, physiology of ionic channels, presynaptic and postsynaptic events in synaptic transmission and neuronal interactions in CNS function.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Ellis Cooper, Monroe W Cohen, Charles W Bourque (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 311 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Departmental approval required
  • PHGY 488 Stem Cell Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : The main concepts in stem cell biology: embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, cancer stem cells, stem cells populations of many adult tissues, applications of stem cell biology and ethical issues surrounding stem cell use in research and medicine. The major experimental methods and laboratory techniques in stem cell biology.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Anastasiya Nyzhnyk, Stefano Stifani, Yojiro Yamanaka (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): PHGY 313 or by permission of instructor.
    • Restriction(s): Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who are taking or have taken ANAT 416.
    • Critical reading of peer-reviewed journal papers, practice in oral presentations of scientific material and participation in group discussions.
  • PHGY 502 Exercise Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Behaviour of physiological processes in response to physical effort, in areas such as structural basis of muscle contraction, thermoregulation during exercise, mechanics and energetics of muscle contraction, fuel utilization, fatigue, physiological adjustments during exercise and influence of training.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Simon Rousseau, Alain Steve Comtois, James G Martin (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 311, PHGY 312, and PHGY 313
  • PHGY 508 Advanced Renal Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Offered in conjunction with the Department of Medicine. Lectures and seminars will cover advanced concepts in selected areas of kidney physiology (glomerular and tubular function) as well as membrane and epithelial transport. Students will be expected to critically discuss selected experimental papers.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Andrey V E Cybulsky, Ahsan Alam, Elena Torban (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): PHGY 312 or the equivalent
    • Restriction: Open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students
  • PHGY 513 Cellular Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : This course deals with cellular interactions, regulation and effector mechanisms of the normal immune response in relation to diseases and pathogenic processes. It is taught at an advanced level.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Russell Jones, Maya Saleh, Marcel A Behr (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures plus term paper
    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314, or permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 515 Physiology of Blood 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Study of the cell and molecular physiology of hemostasis and its pathophysiology (bleeding and thrombosis). Emphases on molecular mechanisms regulating clot formation, fibrinolysis, and cell adhesion/aggregation. Experimental approaches and specific clinical disorders will be analyzed. Weekly discussions, and a major term paper.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture plus 1 hour seminar weekly
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 313 or PHGY 312 or permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 516 Physiology of Blood 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Bone marrow hematopoiesis, with emphasis on regulation of stem cell proliferation and differentiation along hematopoietic pathways. Formation and differentiation of red and white blood cells and some of the diseases associated with hematopoiesis will be covered. Emphasis will be given to the molecular mechanisms involved in the normal and pathological conditions.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Volker Manfred Blank, Konstantinos Pantopoulos, Premysl Ponka (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture plus 1 hour seminar weekly
  • PHGY 518 Artificial Cells (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology, biotechnology, chemistry and biomedical application of artificial cells, blood substitutes, immobilized enzymes, microorganisms and cells, hemoperfusion, artificial kidneys, and drug delivery systems. PHGY 517 and PHGY 518 when taken together, will give a complete picture of this field. However, the student can select one of these.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Thomas Ming Swi Chang, Paul E Barre, Dominique Shum-Tim (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): permission of instructors.
  • PHGY 520 Ion Channels (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : A discussion of the principal theories and interesting new developments in the study of ion channels. Based on a textbook, computer exercises and critical reading and presentation of research papers. Topics include: Properties of voltage-and ligand-gated channels, single channel analysis, structure and function of ion channels.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Reza Sharif Naeini, David S Ragsdale, Ellis Cooper (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Offered in even numbered years
    • 1 1/2 hour lecture, 1 1/2 hour seminar
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 311
    • Priority to Graduate and Honours students; others by permission of instructors.
  • PHGY 524 Chronobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : An introduction to the field of chronobiology. The aim is to provide basic instruction on different types of biological rhythms, with particular focus on circadian rhythms.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Nicolas Cermakian, Kai-Florian Storch, Daniel Bernard (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209 and PHGY 210 (or NSCI 200 and NSCI 201), and a relevant 300-level course (PHGY 311, or PHGY 314, or PSYC 318, or BIOC 311, or other, with permission of course coordinator).
    • Restriction: Course for senior undergraduate (U3) and graduate students
  • PHGY 531 Topics in Applied Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Seminar format course in which experts in immunologic mechanisms of resistance against a variety of infectious diseases, including AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis oversee student moderators in their presentation of recent scientific literature in the field.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Mary M Stevenson, Dao Nguyen, Momar Ndao (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor. U3 InterDept. Honours Immunology students and graduate students with strong immunology background i.e. PHGY 513 and BIOC 503
  • PHGY 550 Molecular Physiology of Bone (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Students will develop a working knowledge of cartilage and bone. Discussion topics will include: molecular and cellular environment of bone; heritable and acquired skeletal defects; research models used to study metabolic bone disease.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Monzur Murshed, Marc D McKee, Frank Rauch, Geoffrey N Hendy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 1 hour of lecture, 2 hours of seminar per week
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 311, and BIOL 202 or equivalent
    • Restriction: U3 Physiology students, and graduate students in biomedical departments; others by permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 552 Cellular and Molecular Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Discussions of recent significant advances in our understanding of the gene products involved in diverse cellular signalling pathways. Topics will include cell-surface hormone receptors, nuclear steroid hormone receptors, and ion channels and transporters. Students will present and critically evaluate experimental approaches, results and interpretations of selected research publications.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John Orlowski, John H White, Ursula Stochaj (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 1 hour lecture, 2 hours seminar weekly
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 311
    • Preference will be given to Physiology Honours and Graduate students
  • PHGY 556 Topics in Systems Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Topics of current interest in systems neurophysiology and behavioural neuroscience including: the neural representation of sensory information and motor behaviours, models of sensory motor integration, and the computational analysis of problems in motor control and perception. Students will be expected to present and critically discuss journal articles in class.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Kathleen E Cullen, Daniel E Guitton (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor required.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHGY 456
  • PHGY 560 Light Microscopy-Life Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Introduction to optics, light microscopy imaging and data analysis for life scientists.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Claire Brown, Thomas Stroh, Edward Ruthazer (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 301 or permission of instructors.
  • PSYC 470 Memory and Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Memory systems are studied with an emphasis on the neural computations that occur at various stages of the processing stream, focusing on the hippocampus, amygdala, basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex. The data reviewed is obtained from human, non-human primates and rodents, with single unit recording, neuroimaging and brain damaged subjects.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Maria Rajah (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hour lectures
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 308 and PSYC 318 or PHGY 311 or BIOL 306
  • PSYT 500 Advances: Neurobiology of Mental Disorders (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : Current theories on the neurobiological basis of most well known mental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, dementia). Methods and strategies in research on genetic, physiological and biochemical factors in mental illness will be discussed. Discussion will also focus on the rationale for present treatment approaches and on promising new approaches.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Lalit K Srivastava, Megha Chakravarty, Naguib Mechawar (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): BIOC 212 and BIOC 311, or BIOC 312, or BIOL 200 and BIOL 201, or PHGY 311, or PSYC 308 and an upper-level biological science course with permission of the instructors, or equivalent. Basic knowledge of cellular and molecular biology is required.
    • Restriction: Open to U3 and graduate students only.
    • Restriction: Graduate Studies: strongly recommended for M.Sc. students in Psychiatry.
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