Present course, ‘Liver Transplant: the Ins and Outs' is offered by University of Birmingham from FutureLearn platform. This 3-week health course is designed for anyone who is captivated by human biology, transplantation, surgery or your immune system.
This course covers the history of liver transplantation – from early experiments in the late 1960s to exciting new technological advances in organ preservation happening today. The course starting date is January 11, 2016.
Course At A Glance
Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Liver Transplantation
Institution: University of Birmingham and FutureLearn
Certificate Available: Yes.
Session: Starts on January 11, 2016.
University of Birmingham is offering the course via renowned online platform FutureLearn. At Birmingham the aim is to innovate and push the frontiers of understanding; it asks new research questions and turns theory through experiment into practice – because that's what great universities do.
FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
About This Course
In this free, three-week course, we will teach you about the fascinating field of liver transplantation. We will cover the history of liver transplantation – from early experiments in the late 1960s to exciting new technological advances in organ preservation happening today.
Applicant will find out why there is such an increasing global need for liver transplants, and look at the science behind the operation and the drugs used to prevent organ rejection. We will discuss the intriguing and unique biology of the liver, explaining how one donor organ can help two patients in need, and how some people can eventually manage without any anti-rejection medication.
Applicants will learn with experts from the Centre for Liver Research at the University of Birmingham and the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This is one of Europe's largest liver transplant centres, performing over 200 liver transplantations each year.
Why Take This Course?
This is a free online course. Applicants can get a personalized, digital and printed certificate. Students will learn with experts from one of Europe's largest liver transplant centres. The MOOC will discuss the intriguing and unique biology of the liver, explaining how one donor organ can help two patients in need, and how some people can eventually manage without any anti-rejection medication.
Applicants will explore the major issues:
- How is it possible to take an organ like the liver from one person and have it survive inside another?
- Have you ever wondered about the ethics of organ donation, and how organs should be allocated?
- Why is there such an increasing demand for donor livers for transplantation?
- And how can new advances increase the numbers of organs that are available for liver transplant?
– Patricia Lalor (educator)
Trish Lalor is a Senior Lecturer and research scientist in the Centre for Liver Research at The University of Birmingham.
– Zania Stamataki (educator)
Zania Stamataki is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Birmingham School of Immunity and Infection.
The course will be of interest to anyone who is captivated by human biology, transplantation, surgery or your immune system.
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