Not all of the listed courses are given each year. The course is offered in the language in which it is described.
CMM5001 THE PATHOLOGICAL BASIS OF DISEASE (3 units)
Introductory Course for Non-Medial Graduate Students in the Life Sciences. This course will consist of a brief introduction to pathology describing the manifestation of disease at the macroscopic and microscopic level. This will be followed by (i) A description of various types of microscopy and methodology. (ii) Concepts in flow cytometry, tissue/cell fractionation. (iii) Histo-/cytochemistry and immunohisto-/cytochemistry. (iv) Normal cells and tissues. (v) Organs. (vi) The general pathology of cells and tissues including hypertrophy, aplasia, atrophy, hyperplasia, metaplasia, dysplasia, neoplasia, storage diseases, extracellular space pathologies, necrosis and apoptosis. Blood vessel and cardiac pathologies will be covered as well as concepts in neuropathology, organ/system specific pathologies and genetic diseases.
CMM5105 INTRODUCTION TO CANCER BIOLOGY (3 units)
An introduction to the biology of cancer. Major topics in cancer biology include the following: tumor suppression/oncogenes; apoptosis in cancer; cell immortalization and senesence; genomic instability; multistep tumorigenesis/inflammation in cancer; biology of angiogenesis; rational therapies.
CMM5111 COMPUTATIONAL CELL BIOLOGY (3 units)
Emphasis is on providing students with the background knowledge and the tools needed to develop and analyze models of cellular processes. Topics include modelling enzyme kinetics, signal transduction pathways, and gene regulatory networks, using differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, and stochastic processes. Prerequisite: permission of program director and course coordinator.
CMM5302 COMPREHENSIVE PHARMACOLOGY I (3 units)
Extensive coverage of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and the pharmacology of the autonomic and central nervous system. Students cannot obtain credit for both CMM 5301 and CMM 5302.
CMM5303 COMPREHENSIVE PHARMACOLOGY II (3 units)
Extensive coverage of the pharmacology of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs, of chemotherapeutic agents, and of the cardiovascular and gastro-intestinal systems. Students cannot obtain credit for both CMM 5301 and CMM 5303.
CMM5304 INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3 units)
Concepts in development and signalling pathways during development including formation of the germ layers; establishment of the body axis and principles of segmentation; patterning and homeobox genes; neurogenesis; axonal and neuronal guidance; stem cell concepts; germ cells; animal models in developmental biology.
CMM5311 PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF ENERGY METABOLISM AND MUSCLE FUNCTIONS (3 units)
Advanced comprehensive training in mammalian and human physiology with emphasis on pathophysiology. Topics include: neural and endocrine control of the hypothalamus-hypophysis axis; role of pancreas, adipose tissue and skeletal muscle in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; cellular and molecular aspects of muscle contraction and fatigue in cardiac and skeletal muscle.
CMM5313 PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE, RENAL AND GASTOINTESTINAL SYSTEMS (3 units)
Advanced comprehensive training in mammalian and human physiology with emphasis on pathophysiology. Topics covered include reproductive physiology, molecular and bulk transport processes in the renal system, enteric control of the gastrointestinal tract.
CMM5315 CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BASIS OF CARDIOVASCULAR FUNCTION/DYSFUNCTION (3 units)
Mechanism of failing heart and cardiovascular system, its associated functions and associated conditions. Therapies for restoring function. Topics include: regulation of heart development, cell signaling, cellular and molecular mechanisms of atherosclerosis and heart disease, hormonal regulation, hypertension, bioenergetics, cardiovascular genomics and genetics, cell therapy, and regenerative medicine.
CMM5326 EXPERIMENTAL PREPARATIONS AND ANIMAL MODELS (3 units)
Applied and theoretical course intended to give the potential researcher basic surgical skills. Lectures followed by demonstrations and/or practical exercises.
CMM5341 STEM CELLS (3 units)
Topics in stem cell biology which will include an in-depth look at the properties of embryonic and adult stem cell populations, tissue-specific stem cells (muscle, skin, neural, etc), differentiation and reprogramming, the stem cell niche, induced pluripotent stem cells, and therapeutic advances using stem cell therapy.
CMM5360 Imaging in Cell Biology (3 units)
Microscopy, biological imaging, and image generation. Overviews of common transmitted light, electron microscopic and epifluorescent techniques. Discussion of enhanced fluorescence microscopy and live cell imaging techniques, including image acquisition, processing and analysis with focus on quantitative and ethical issues.
CMM5372 CELL SIGNALLING AND HORMONE ACTION (3 units)
Topics will include the major cell signaling pathways and the action of steroid and non-steroid hormones. These signaling pathways will be discussed in the context of biological function and pharmacology.
CMM7301 DIRECTED STUDIES (3 units)
A program of study designed for a given student according to the student's educational requirements.
CMM7999 THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / MSc THESIS
CMM8103 EPITHELIAL CELL POLARITY (3 units)
Cell polarity with emphasis on tight junctions and Claudins (tight junction molecules). Topics include: the molecular basis of cell polarity and permeability barrier during development, organogenesis and disease including inflammatory disease and cancer.
CMM8105 ADVANCED TOPICS IN CANCER BIOLOGY (3 units)
Advanced study of recent developments in the field of cancer biology with emphasis on cellular and molecular aspects. Specific topics to be covered include: angiogenesis, apoptosis, cancer genetics, cell signaling, genetic instability, oncogenes and tumour suppressors.
CMM8300 SPECIAL TOPICS IN REPRODUCTIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3 units)
In-depth study of current topics in reproductive and developmental biology, with emphasis on state-of-the art molecular and cell biology techniques as well as their applications to reproductive diseases. Topics may include assisted reproductive technologies, embryonic stem cells, contraception, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxicology, and transgenics.
CMM8310 CURRENT TOPICS IN RNA MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (3 units)
Properties, mechanisms associated with regulation and the function of RNAs and Ribonucleoprotein (RNPs) as well as RNA organisms. Current knowledge on RNA expression (synthesis, processing, transport and localization), the structure-function relationship and molecular mechanisms associated with RNAs and RNA genomes, RNA in evolution and in the origin of life, and RNA as therapeutic agents. Prerequisites: BCH/BIO 3570-3170 or equivalent with the permission of the program director. Exclusion: BCH 8310.
CMM8311 CURRENT TOPICS IN TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION (3 units)
Topics will include chromatin structure and its impact on gene expression, protein:DNA interactions, the assembly of transcriptional complexes, and the control of gene expression in mammalian systems.
CMM8324 SEMINARS I
Compulsory for one year for all students enrolled in the master’s program. Presentation of two seminars or one seminar and one poster required during the year as well as regular attendance at the departmental seminar series.
CMM8325 SEMINARS II
Compulsory for all students enrolled in the doctorate program. Presentation of two seminars or one seminar and one poster required during the year as well as regular attendance at the departmental seminar series.
CMM8340 NEUROMUSCULAR FUNCTION AND DYSFUNCTION (3 units)
Topics to be covered include factors controlling muscle - and synapse-specific gene expression, regulation of myogenesis and muscle cell growth, formation of the neuromuscular junction, motor neuron - muscle interactions, the role of the cytoskeleton in organization of post-synaptic domains, functional role of ion channels in muscle, molecular genetics of neuromuscular disease. Prerequisite: CMM5340.
CMM8341 CELL STRESS (3 units)
Topics will include cellular responses to cell stress and will include hypoxia, oxidative stress, ER stress, autophagy, apoptosis and aging.
CMM8345 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GASTROENTEROLOGY (3 units)
Lectures, tutorials and seminar-discussion sessions, designed to provide advanced training in gastrointestinal function. Emphasis on pathophysiological mechanisms.
CMM8350 ION CHANNELS: CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR ASPECTS OF MEMBRANE FUNCTIONS (3 units)
A study of the diversity, molecular structure, structure-function relationship, electrophysiological characteristics and physiological roles of different ion channels in excitable and non-excitable cells. The channels that are studied include the sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride channels.
CMM8355 RENAL PHYSIOLOGY (3 units)
Lecture and seminar course with emphasis on electrolyte transport. Topics to include: detailed structure and function of nephron segments. Localization of primary and secondary active transport carriers, theories of autoregulation, hormone action in the kidney, drug action in the kidney, and regulation of renal vascular resistance.
CMM9998 EXAMEN DE SYNTHÈSE (DOCTORAT) / COMPREHENSIVE EXAM (PhD)
CMM9999 THÈSE DE DOCTORAT / PhD THESIS
HMG8106 CLINICAL CYTOGENOMICS (3 units)
Comprehensive review of the basic principles and technologies in cytogenomics and their clinical application for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Registrations may be limited depending on enrolment. Prerequisite: Permission of the course coordinator.
HMG8107 CLINICAL BIOCHEMICAL GENETICS (3 units)
Presentation of the biomechanical and molecular bases of inborn errors of metabolism. The course consists of a series of lectures followed by student discussion of a related paper assigned the previous week. Registrations may be limited depending on enrolment. Prerequisite: Permission of the course coordinator.
HMG8108 CLINICAL MOLECULAR GENETICS (3 units)
Comprehensive review of all aspects of clinical molecular genetics acquainting students with clinical applications of various molecular technologies. Registrations may be limited depending on enrolment. Prerequisite: Permission of the course coordinator.
MED8166 PROFESSIONALISM AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Basic professional skills related to academic integrity, proper referencing techniques, avoidance of plagiarism, professional etiquette, public speaking, time and stress management, conflict management, teamwork, knowing when and how to access student support services. Compulsory for all students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs at the Faculty of Medicine. Graded S/NS (Satisfactory/Not satisfactory).