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Current Concepts in Transplantation
Will tissues and organs be grown in a laboratory for transplantation to humans? A severe shortage of donor organs and tissues has led to some novel solutions to save lives. This course will cover the biological aspects of cell and organ transplantation and the associated challenges. We will discuss the diseases for which transplantation is a treatment; the state of the art in human transplantation; transplantation of animal tissue into humans (xenotransplantation); development of new tissue and organs in the laboratory; the development of new drugs and biological strategies to promote long-term survival of the tissue or organ (tolerance); and the health policy, legislation, and ethics of transplantation. The course will be team-taught and will include readings from the popular and scientific literature, discussions, scientific writing, and presentations.
This course fulfills the second-level Writing and Rhetoric Requirement (WRITE 2) and emphasizes oral and multimedia presentation.