Course Descriptions PHYL PHYL 5504   Advanced Topics in Respiration
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is directed to students interested in increasing their understanding of aspects of pulmonary biology and pathologies. Examples of typical topics which will be examined in depth include epithelial transport, airway smooth muscle, pulmonary function testing, gas exchange, and the effects of exercise on the respiratory system. DIRECTOR: E.A. Cowley
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Tutorial

FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture supplemented with tutorials
PREREQUISITES: Prior knowledge of Human Systems Physiology and Permission of the course coordinator

PHYL 5508   Directed Readings in Physiology and Biophysics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
These courses allow the Department to provide a more specialized instruction on specific topics to graduate students with particular interests. Class format is variable and may include seminars, lectures, literature searching, evaluation of papers, etc. There is usually a high degree of one-on-one interaction. The courses are organized on a year-to-year basis in accordance with student interest and faculty expertise. Since different subjects may be covered each year, each course in the series has a separate number.
NOTE: Course Details listed here also apply to PHYL 5509/PHYL 5510.
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the Director

PHYL 5509   Directed Readings in Physiology and Biophysics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
See PHYL 5508.

PHYL 5510   Directed Readings in Physiology and Biophysics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
See PHYL 5508.

PHYL 5513   Endocrine Physiology
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Offered every second year, or on demand.This course provides an in-depth survey of Endocrinology with emphasis on recent developments. This course focuses on modern technologies involved in the study of the physiology and molecular endocrinology of a number of hormonally-regulated systems. The overall objective of the course is to become familiar with a diverse selection of topics in hormone signaling. Topics include: mechanisms of hormone and neuro-peptides synthesis, secretion and action; signal transduction and transcriptional regulation. Seminars will deal with fundamental as well as advanced aspects of these topics derived from reading very recent review articles and research papers. Endocrine disorders will be addressed throughout the course. Students will be expected to make presentations based upon appropriate literature listed by the teaching faculty. DIRECTOR: Y. Anini
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 2044.03 completed or concomitant, or equivalent, or permission of director

PHYL 5517   Physiology and Biophysics Graduate Seminar
CREDIT HOURS: 3
A mandatory course that all graduate students must complete in order to graduate. Satisfactory performance in the course components is required throughout the degree programs in order for the student to be permitted to register for the course in their final year. The main objectives of the course are to assimilate and evaluate scientific information presented by others, as well as to develop a breadth of knowledge in areas of Physiology and Biophysics research that may be outside their own area of interest. There are four components to the course: 1. The Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar Series. There are several seminars per year and attendance is mandatory for all graduate students. Students will meet informally with guest speakers as a group. Graduate students are also expected to attend relevant seminars in other Faculty of Medicine and University Departments. 2. Graduate Student Research Day of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Students must present their work, either orally or in poster format at the Annual Graduate Student Research Day. 3. Graduate Student Research Day of the Faculty of Medicine. MSc students are required to present a poster at the annual Graduate Student Research Day of the Faculty of Medicine in their second year of study (and annually thereafter for as long as they are in the program). PhD students must participate in the Graduate Student Research Day of the Faculty of Medicine in their second year of study and yearly thereafter. If a student for valid reasons cannot meet the date of Graduate Student Research Day of the Faculty of Medicine, presentation of a poster at a national or international conference is considered as equivalent. 4. Students must present at least one Departmental Seminar over the course of their programs. Each student seminar is monitored by a faculty committee selected by the Graduate Education Committee to ensure that the students receive oral and written feedback on their presentation. DIRECTOR: X. Dong

PHYL 5519   Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course focuses on the molecular properties of ion channels, and includes an overview of the techniques used to study ion channel structure and function, ion permeation and selectivity, channel gating and modulation, the mechanisms by which channels are affected by drugs and toxins, and genetic diseases causing channel dysfunction.DIRECTOR(S): P. Linsdell
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: student presentations
PREREQUISITES: PHYL 3320.03 or equivalent plus permission of the course director

PHYL 5568   Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides a detailed overview of key concepts of cardiovascular physiology and disease, including discussion of current research in the field. Students will be expected to make presentations based on appropriate literature. Topics include: cardiac anatomy/structure; electrophysiology; excitation-contraction coupling; mechanics; metabolism; nervous system control; and vasculature function. Director: T. A. Quinn
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Other (explain in comments)

FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture / Discussion / Student Lectures
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the course director
CROSS-LISTING: BMNG 5270.03 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology
EXCLUSIONS: PHYL 4680.03 Cardiovascular Physiology

PHYL 5608   Directed Readings in Physiology and Biophysics
CREDIT HOURS: 6
These courses allow the Department to provide more specialized instruction on specific topics to graduate students with particular interests. Class format is variable and may include seminars, lectures, literature searching, evaluation of papers, etc. There is usually a high degree of one-on-one interaction. The courses are organized on a year-to-year basis in accordance with student interest and faculty expertise. Since different subjects may be covered each year, each course in the series has a separate number.
NOTE: Course Details listed here also apply to PHYL 5609/PHYL 5610.
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the Director

PHYL 5609   Directed Readings in Physiology and Biophysics
CREDIT HOURS: 6
See PHYL 5608.

PHYL 5610   Directed Readings in Physiology and Biophysics
CREDIT HOURS: 6
See PHYL 5608.

PHYL 9000   MSc Thesis
CREDIT HOURS: 0
MSc students should register for this “course” each year.

PHYL 9530   PhD Thesis
CREDIT HOURS: 0
PhD students should register for this “course” each year.