25134 Vertebrate Embryology

Course Description

This course is detailed study of the development of an organism from hatching or birth. It includes processes of development and developmental stages of vertebrates with emphasis on the embryology of frog, chicken, gametogenes and human embryo development, placenta and birth.

Learning Objective

  • By the end of the course students should be able to:
  • 1. Understand the endocrinological control of human reproduction, gametogenesis, fertilisation and early embryonic development and the causes and management of infertility.
  • 2. Use a wide range of laboratory techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and genetics and perform tissue culture.
  • 3. Carry out assisted fertilisation techniques including micromanipulation and establish and maintain quality assurance procedures.
  • 4. Evaluate the latest developments in cryopreservation of oocytes, spermatozoa, zygotes and cleavage stage embryos as well as ovarian and testicular biopsies. 5. Discuss the wider ethical issues of infertility treatments. 6. Submit a dissertation on a research project proposal carried out within the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology.



Books for this Course

  • Langman's Medical Embryology, Lippincott Williams&Wilkins Philadelphia, 2nd edition

Times Offered

  • September
  • January

Course Prerequisite