Human Anatomy and Cell Science

The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science is an essential component for the teaching of educational programs in (but not limited to) the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Rehabilitation. Human Anatomy and Cell Science is complementary to the basic medical sciences providing a full spectrum of medical knowledge to future generations of medical health professionals using accredited research and teaching techniques. Human Anatomy and Cell Science provides expertise in many disciplines and sub-disciplines; is a foundation of medical training and encourages young individuals to pursue a career in Human Anatomy research and teaching. The Department recognizes teaching and research as equally important, and encourages and supports the introduction of innovative educational programs delivered to the faculties and the University in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary format.

The Department consists of faculty members, and cross-appointed faculty members each of which are experts in one or more sub-disciplines of anatomy.  Quality teaching programs are enriched by scholarly pursuits of our department members who are engaged in research of the highest quality in the following areas:  cardiovascular science, cancer biology and neurosciences.  Graduate students are provided with the opportunity to use a variety of contemporary techniques such as: autoradiography, light and electron microscopy. 3D imaging, morphometrics, tissue culture and transplantation. Immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization, radioimmunoassay, electrophoresis, transgenics, molecular biology, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy

The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science offers graduate training at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.  The purpose is to prepare students for careers in biomedical research, for teaching in selective areas of anatomy and admission to clinical programs.  We are the only department to offer basic and advanced courses in gross, microscopic and developmental anatomy.  We also offer courses in neuroscience, cell biology and electron microscopy.  These are particularly important tools in assessing outcomes associated with use of transgenic and gene knockout animals as models of human disease.  Graduate students are also provided with opportunities to teach in the various sub-disciplines of anatomy.  In addition to transmitting knowledge, they must also generate new knowledge by undertaking meaningful research.  The Department also provides a fine milieu for cross-fertilization of ideas, and more personalized attention of a smaller department.

Vision
Future generations of healthcare professionals, educators, and scientists will be highly qualified and enthusiastic regarding anatomy as the foundation of medical education. Disciplines of Human Anatomy will encompass and be part of all aspects of biological and health sciences.

Mission
Preserve, expand and disseminate knowledge about Anatomical Sciences through education and research.

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