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Embryology, MSBS 5075S                                   

Course Director:   Dr. Grace Pinhal- Einfield

Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

grace.pinhalenfield@rutgers.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

Anatomy studies the structure of body parts and their relation to one another.Subdivisions of anatomy include Gross (Macroscopic) Anatomy, Histology (Microscopic) Anatomy, and Embryology (Developmental Anatomy). This on-line course (MSBS 5075S) is designed to provide a basic foundation in human embryology to graduate students who are pursuing studies in the biomedicalsciences.


In this course, students explore human prenatal development from fertilization to birth. This course focuses on the morphological changes that take place during development. Underlying molecular mechanisms and relevant congenital anomalies may be briefly considered. Knowledge of anatomy is useful for this course, but not a pre-requisite.

 

The first unit (of three in this course) focuses on embryogenesis,the embryonic development that takes place during the first month after fertilization.

 

The second and third units mainly focus on organogenesis, the development of the individual organ systems.


For successful and enhanced learning in any of the anatomy disciplines (Macropscopic Anatomy/Gross Anatomy, Microscopic Anatomy/Histology, Embryology/Developmental Anatomy), students need to repeatedly study structures (in lab if it is a component of the course and/or through illustrations, diagrams, photographs) in order to develop a sound repertoire of mental pictures that aid in translation to form three-dimensional concepts. Knowledge of gross anatomy is useful for this course, but not a pre-requisite.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

• By the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Explain the major events related to early embryogenesis including fertilization,implantation, gastrulation, neurulation and body folding.
• Describe the major events related to organogenesis and associate embryonic derivatives that form adult structures.
• Relate defects in prenatal development to congenital anomalies.

 

MATERIALS:

 

Sadler TW (2015) Langman's Medical Embryology, 13th edition. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Company. ISBN-13:978-1451191646 and ISBN-10: 1451191642

 

Click on the links within the course website to access required content (including podcasts, readings, quizzes) for each topic.

 

 

COURSE FORMAT:

 

There are three units in this course. The first unit focuses on embryogenesis, the embryonic development that takes place during the first month after fertilization. The second and third units focus on organogenesis, the development of the individual organ systems. Each unit consists of four modules made up of on-line podcasts and associated quizzes (click on links below to access modules and assessments). Modules are self-paced and each student is strongly encouraged to regularly keep up with content, take notes from podcasts and text, and to contact the course instructor with any questions. At the end of each unit, there is an on campus exam.

 

 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:

Grace Pinhal-Enfield, Ph.D.

pinhalgr@rwjms.rutgers.edu