Medical Sciences 4200F/G

This course will examine the role of inflammation in initiating and exacerbating acute and chronic diseases. Students will begin by learning the pathophysiological and biochemical origins of inflammation and the inflammatory process. Students will then help select “hot topics” for the remaining of the course that are related to inflammation in various disease states. Basic course content will be presented through online learning modules that will be completed before in-class time. In-class sessions will focus on the application and integration of the study of inflammation through critical evaluation of scientific literature, case studies,
and group work.

Registration in Year 4 of the Honours Specialization in IMS.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Employ independent and self-regulated learning techniques through the completion of online learning modules
  • Explain the physiological, pathological and biochemical contributions of inflammation to a variety of disease states
  • Effectively communicate scientific literature to a broad audience, including lay persons and peers
  • Develop a cohesive, clear, and articulate written proposal for the development of a novel treatment/diagnostic technique for an inflammatory disease.


Weekly participation and contributions 10%
Oral presentations 10%
Written assignment 20%
Independent written review 15%
Design Challenge Proposal 25%
Midterm Examination 20%

Course Syllabus - 2019/20