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Human Pathology



Monday March 23rd – Thursday April 23rd 2020.

Admission requirements

Biomedical Sciences courses “Humane Biologie”, “Biomoleculen”, “Cellulaire Communicatie”, “Immunology”, “Introduction to the Neurosciences” and “Physiology, Basic and Advanced Concepts” or equivalent courses.


This module is an introduction to general pathology and covers five multidisciplinary themes:

  • general pathology

  • gross anatomy of organ systems;

  • mesenchymal differentiation and pathology of bone;

  • neuropathology (Alzheimer’s disease);

  • nephropathology (nephrosclerosis);

All themes focus on the understanding of pathological processes (etiology, pathogenesis and morphology), and on methodology. The themes are introduced by a macroscopic, microscopic and molecular demonstration of the anatomy of the organ system involved. In addition, clinical conferences can be attended (optional study elements). Biomedical research is indispensable for appropriate diagnosis and therapy, it is important to appreciate the position of the biomedical scientist in health care.

Course objectives

The student:

  • Recognizes, names and describes changes (morphological, structural and molecular alterations) in tissue specimens.

  • Recognizes or deduces the cause of a disease (etiology).

  • Describes pathological processes (pathogenesis) that cause clinical signs and symptoms

  • Recognizes and indicates intervention points for (future) therapy.

  • Provides an overview of the different neuroimaging techniques in dementia.

  • Indicates actual research subjects regarding the diseases which were subject in the course.

  • Comprehends the functional and anatomical relationships of organ systems

  • Has obtained communication skills that allow them to write and present coherently and convincingly while taking into account modern presentation and writing principles

  • Is able to express and defend one's opinion and connect this to or appreciate opinions of others in discussion

Mode of instruction

Lectures, work groups, practicals, a journal club, a mini-research symposium, (computer-aided) tutorials and (mp3 guided) visit to the Anatomical Museum.

Assessment method

Multiple choice and open questions.

Exam dates

The exam dates can be found on the schedule website.

Reading list

Required, the latest edition of the following books:

  • V. Kumar et al. Robbins and Cotran Pathological Basis of Disease.

  • K.L. Moore et al. Clinically Oriented Anatomy.

  • B. Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell.