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Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology

Course Description

Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology (GMS6479) teaches the functions of the digestive system of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshop, and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of cardiovascular physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

Each recorded lecture lasts between 20 and 30 min.

Course Goals:

The goals of the course are three-fold: (1) to provide a foundation of the fundamental concepts and terminology of the clinical neuroscience of aging; (2) to understand how cognitive and brain function change with age; and (3) promote critical thinking about the clinical consequences of brain aging.


This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to Biology, chemistry and/or physics. A minimum undergraduate GPA = 2.0 is required for admission. Co-enrollment or prior passing grade in GMS 6440 required for enrollment in this class.

Bruce R. Stevens PhD, Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics,; Tel: 352-392-4480. Peter Sayeski, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics,; Tel 352 392 7869.

Course goals

Physiology is the science of how the body functions, and is the basis for understanding modern clinical medicine and the biomedical sciences. This course will provide: 1) a foundation understanding of the basic functions of the kidney; 2) integration of individual facts in order to understand how organ systems work independently and interdependently in the body. One example of this integration is in the understanding of the role of the microbiota in normal and abnormal gastrointestinal function.

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