BMS 270 Circadian clock and health (2017)

Module: 2
Sponsoring Program: BMS
Administrator: Ned Molyneaux

Course Number: BMS 270
Course Name: Circadian clock and health
Units: 3
Grading Option: S/U
Course Director:Ying-Hui Fu

Additional Course Director(s):
Room Number: MH-2106
Campus: Mission Bay
Schedule: April 24-May 12, 2017; M, W, TH, 2:00-4:15
Prerequisites: None
Maximum Class Size:12

Course Description: Many biological processes display circadian rhythms with a periodicity of approximately 24 hours driven by a cell autonomous oscillator, the circadian clock. Clinical studies have demonstrated associations between clock dysfunction and health problems. For example, a long-term shift work schedule often leads to severe diseases including cancer, cardiovascular problems, mental illness, and metabolic disorders. This course will cover from the basics of the circadian clock to its connections with some biological functions. Understanding how the circadian clock modulates body functions can provide new insight into therapeutic approaches to controlling the biological clock for the treatment and prevention of many illnesses.