Application for an elective course

EXPERIMENTAL PHARAMCOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY

Course coordinators

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Professor Predrag Sikirić, MD, PhD
Department of Pharmacology
University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
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Professor Sven Seiwerth, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology
University of Zagreb, School of Medicine

Associate Course Coordinator

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Associate professor Alenka Boban Blagaić, DVM, PhD
Department of Pharmacology
University of Zagreb, School of Medicine

GENERAL CONTENT OF THE COURSE

The proposed course, Experimental Pharmacology and Pathology, aims to synthesize the existing theoretical knowledge from those courses and link it to the scientific approach in the development of new drugs, possible new therapeutic approaches, and their application in the industrial sector.

COURSE AIMS

  • provide students a knowledge about designing and implementing experiments, analysing and interpreting experimental data and data publishing
  • give students opportunity to develop specific skills in experimental work
  • implement a modern and multidisciplinary approach of teaching
  • introduce students to the development of new drugs: perspectives, obstacles and realizationi
  • use e-learning technologies to combine different perspectives arising from medical, veterinary, dentistry and pharmacy background

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Pharmacology and Pathology are compulsory courses at several biomedical integrated undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Zagreb. They are performed at the School of Medicine (the 6th semester of the Croatian and English studies), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (the 5th and 6th semesters of the Croatian and English studies), School of Dental Medicine (the 5th and 6th semesters of the Croatian and English studies) and Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry (the 7th semester of the Croatian studies of Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry). Pathology is an exception for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry – instead of the Pathology course, students of Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry have the Pathophysiology with Pathology course.

The goal of pharmacology education is to teach students basic concepts of drugs. Students acquire knowledge of different molecular mechanisms of drug action, possible adverse and harmful effects as well as interactions of drugs. Pathology, on the other hand, aims to show students the mechanism of disease onset and their etiologies, pathogenesis, common morphological and biological features as well as pathological processes related to organ systems.

Although these courses have the same name and same description, they differ depending at which Faculty they are running. Because of this, the students of biomedical faculties base their knowledge, scientific questions, reflections and research through perspective of their home Faculty, which ultimately limits their scientific breadth. Therefore, the proposed course would provide a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, combining different perspectives arising from medical, veterinary, dentistry and pharmacy backgrounds. Students would be taught how to design and implement experiments, analyze the results, and publish their work. The proposed course will be held at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and will be accessible to all interested students of the University of Zagreb biomedical faculties. The lecturers will be local and foreign teachers from biomedical faculties. The classes will be in English as a mixed form of teaching (lectures, seminars and exercises, e-learning). The e-learning will be performed by the existing LMS system (School of Medicine). Altogether, this would lead to increased mobility and better scientific cooperation between local and international students and teachers.

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • L1 – Introduction and history of experimental pharmacology and pathology (1h)
  • L2 – The role of laboratory animals in biomedical research (1h)
  • L3 – Comparing groups for statistical differences: how to choose the right statistical test? (1h)
  • L4 – Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and concept of citoprotection (experimental models on GI tract) (2h)
  • eL1 – Electrophysiology of the heart (1h)

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  • S1 – Spermatology – new model for pharmacology assessment (1h)
  • S2 – Study of composition and effects of agents for oral mucosa (1h)
  • S3 – Experimental models of liver diseases (1h)
  • S4 – Behavioral models of anxiety (1h)
  • S5 – Health monitoring –Laboratory animals (1h)
  • S6 – Most common statistical mistakes (1h)
  • S7 – Other organ systems involved in biologic stress (1h)
  • S8 – Experimental models of the female gender system (1h)
  • S9 – Effects of pentadecapeptide bpc 157 in models of cardiotoxicity (1h)
  • S10 – Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and NSAID-s (1h)
  • S11 – Pain mechanisms and the metabotropic glutamate receptors (Block 1) (2h)
  • S11 – Brain-gut axis, stress-related gastrointestinal mucosal lesions (Block 1) (2h)
  • S12 – Mesenchymal stem cells of dental origin: high potential for treating hard   tissue, gastrointestinal and neural disorders (Block 2) (2h)
  • S12 – Immunosuppressants, helminths and microbiota transplantation – conventional and novel approaches to treat inflammatory bowel diseases (Block 2) (2h)
  • P1 – Practical work on silicone rat models (1h)
  • P2 – Computer-assisted tracking and analysis of behavioral dana (1h)
  • P3 – Experimental pathology (molecular pathology, cell and tissue culture) (2h)
  • eP1 – Experimental design

PLAN OF THE COURSE AND COURSE SCHEDULE

Introduction and history of experimental pharmacology

and pathology

(Sikirić – 1h L1)

17.00h – 17.45h

The role of laboratory animals in biomedical research

(Boban Blagaić – 1h L2)

17.55h – 18.40h

Spermatology – new model for pharmacology assessment

(Matković – 1h S1)

Group A

18.55h – 19.40h

Study of composition and effects of agents for oral mucosa

(Alajbeg – 1h S2)

Group B

18.55h – 19.40h

Study of composition and effects of agents for oral mucosa

(Alajbeg – 1h S2)

Group B

19.45h – 20.30h

Spermatology – new model for pharmacology assessment

(Matković – 1h S1)

Group A

19.45h – 20.30h

Experimental models of liver diseases

(Turčić – 1h S3)

Group A

17.00h – 17.45h

Behavioral models of anxiety

(Tvrdeić – 1h S4)

Group B

17.00h – 17.45h

Behavioral models of anxiety

(Tvrdeić – 1h S4)

Group A

17.55h – 18.40h

Experimental models of liver diseases

(Turčić – 1h S3)

Group B

17.55h – 18.40h

Practical work on silicone rat models

 

(Boban Blagaić – 1h P1)

Group A

18.55h – 19.40h

Computer-assisted tracking and analysis of behavioral data

(Tvrdeić – 1h P2)

Group B

18.55h – 19.40h

Computer-assisted tracking and analysis of behavioral data

(Tvrdeić – 1h P2)

Group A

19.45h – 20.30h

Practical work on silicone rat models

 

(Boban Blagaić – 1h P1)

Group B

19.45h – 20.30h

Comparing groups for statistical differences: how to choose the right statistical test?

(Pašalić  – 1h L3)

17.00h – 17.45h

Health monitoring Laboratory animals

(Grabarević –  1h S5)

Group A

17.55h – 18.40h

Most common statistical mistakes

(Šimundić – 1h S6)

Group B

17.55h – 18.40h

Most common statistical mistakes

(Šimundić – 1h S6)

18.55h – 19.40h 

Group A

Health monitoring Laboratory animals

(Grabarević –  1h S5)

18.55h – 19.40h 

Group B

Other organ systems involved in biologic stress

 

 (Seiwerth – 1h S7)

Group A

17.00h – 17.45h

Experimental pathology

(molecular pathology, cell and tissue culture)

 (Milković Periša – 2h P3)

Group B

17.00h – 18.40h

Experimental models of the female gender system

(Batelja – 1h S8)

Group A

17.55h – 18.40h

Experimental pathology

(molecular pathology, cell and tissue culture)

 (Milković Periša –  2h P3)

Group A

18.55h – 20.30h

Other organ systems involved in biologic stress

 

 (Seiwerth – 1h S7)

Group B

18.55h – 19.40h

Experimental models of the female gender system

 (Batelja – 1h S8)

Group B

19.45h – 20.30h

New drugs: from idea to realisation

Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and concept of citoprotection

(experimental models on GI tract)

 

(Sikirić – 2h L4)

17.00h – 18.30h

Effects of pentadecapeptide bpc 157 in models of cardiotoxicity

(Lovrić-Benčić – 1h S9)

Group A

18.45h – 19.30h

Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and NSAIDs

 (Džombeta Regović – 1h S10)

Group B

18.45h – 19.30h

Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and NSAIDs

 (Džombeta Regović – 1h S10)

Group A

19.35h – 20.20h

Effects of pentadecapeptide bpc 157 in models of cardiotoxicity

(Lovrić-Benčić – 1h S9)

Group B

19.35h – 20.20h

Pain mechanisms and the metabotropic glutamate receptors

(Gerber – 2h S11)

Group A

17.00h – 18.30h

Mesenchymal stem cells of dental origin: high potential for treating hard tissue, gastrointestinal and neural disorders

(Varga – 2h S12)

Group B

17.00h – 18.30h

Mesenchymal stem cells of dental origin: high potential for treating hard tissue, gastrointestinal and neural disorders

(Varga – 2h S12)

Group A

18.45h – 20.15h

Pain mechanisms and the metabotropic glutamate receptors

(Gerber – 2h S11)

Group B

18.45h – 20.15h

Brain-gut axis, stress-related gastrointestinal mucosal lesions

(Gyres, 2h S11)

Group A

17.00h – 18.30h

Immunosuppressants, helminths and microbiota transplantation – conventional and novel approaches to treat inflammatory bowel diseases

(Zadori, 2h S12)

Group B

17.00h – 18.30h

Immunosuppressants, helminths and microbiota transplantation – conventional and novel approaches to treat inflammatory bowel diseases

(Zadori, 2h S12)

Group A

18.45h – 20.15h

Brain-gut axis, stress-related gastrointestinal mucosal lesions

(Gyres, 2h S11)

Group B

18.45h – 20.15h

Lectures will take place in:  Lecture hall (Department of Pharmacology)

Seminars will take place in:  Lecture hall/Seminar room (Department of Pharmacology)

Practicals will take place in:  Lecture hall/Seminar room (Department of Pharmacology)

Day 4 – Seminars and practice will take place at the location of the Department of Pathology

Students will be informed in advance for any change in room/Department location.

EXAMINATION

Final Test (50 multiple choice questions).

Quiz score:

Points Grade
≤26 poor (1)
27-31 fair (2)
32-37 good (3)
38-43 very good (4)
44-50 excellent (5)

LIST OF LECTURERS (Alphabetically)

  • Professor Ivan Alajbeg, DMD, PhD, Department of Oral Medicine, University of Zagreb, School of Dental Medicine
  • Assistant professor Lovorka Batelja Vuletić, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Associate professor Alenka Boban Blagaić, DVM, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Tihana Džombeta Regović, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Professor  Željko Grabarević, DVM, PhD, Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Professor Martina Lovrić Benčić, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Assistant professor Marija Milković Periša, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Associate professor Daria Pašalić, MSc Medical Biochemistry, PhD, Department of Medical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry, University of Zagreb School of Medicine
  • Professor Sven Seiwerth, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Professor Predrag Sikirić, MD, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Assistant professor Petra Turčić, MPharm, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry,
  • Associate professor Ante Tvrdeić, MD, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
  • Associate professor Mirza Žižak, MD, PhD, Department of Physiology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine

EXTERNAL ASSOCIATES

  • Professor Gábor Gerber, DDS, PhD, Dean of Dental School Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Professor Klara Gyires, MD, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
  • Mario Matković, MSc Biol, PhD, Veterinary ambulance “Simentalac”, Kutjevo
  • Associate professor Ana-Maria Šimundić, PhD, Specialist in Laboratory Medicine, Department of Medical Laboratory Diagnostics , Clinical Hospital Sveti Duh, Zagreb
  • Professor Gábor Varga, DDS, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Oral Biology Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Associate professor Zoltán Zádori, MD, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary

Our course will provide:

  • 25 hours of lectures, seminars and practice
  • 2 ECTS credits
  • renowned foreign and domestic lecturers
  • on-line teaching
  • practical work on silicon models of laboratory rats and virtual laboratory
  • on-line access to all teaching materials through the LMS
  • PowerPoints and literature on your own USB bracelet