Course Description:

In-depth studies of current topics in Endocrinology; including regulation of functions of hormones and molecular mechanisms of hormone actions; cutting edge research technologies; and emerging concepts. Three lecture hours. Six weeks. One and half credits.

The course will provide students with basic knowledge on Endocrinology, including chemical natures, synthesis and secretion, regulation, signaling transduction pathways and endocrine/paracrine/autocrine regulation of physiological processes.  It will also introduce students to experimental approaches and recent advances in the field of Endocrinology.  In addition, students will learn how to analyze and critique research papers, summarize key findings and communicate the information to others.  Finally, we will discuss various aspects of how to prepare a research proposal.

Learning objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and concepts of Endocrinology;
  • Understand scientific approaches and methodologies used for endocrine research;
  • Familiarize with recent advances in the field of Endocrinology;
  • Develop the ability to critically analyze research papers;
  • Improve critical thinking, writing and presentation skills.

Research proposal: 40%
Presentation: 40%
Class participation: 20%


Scientific journals for research papers:

  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Nature
  • Science
  • Proceedings of National Academy of Science
  • Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
  • Endocrine Reviews
  • Journal of Cell Science
  • Comparative Endocrinology
  • Frontier in Endocrinology