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HCB-810 Human Health and Disease
Campus ASAB
Programs PG
Session Fall Semester 2016
Course Title Human Health and Disease
Course Code HCB-810
Credit Hours 3-0
Course Objectives :Broadly defined, healthcare care biotechnology is a cluster of scientific techniques applied to the medical field that include genetic engineering, genomics, and pharmacogenics. Healthcare care biotechnology uses substances naturally produced in the human body, such as proteins and enzymes, to fight infections and diseases, or substances in plant and animal cells to produce medicines for human use It applies genetic engineering techniques and genomics knowledge for medical or therapeutic purposes. Healthcare Care biotechnology is the fastest growing area of research and the graduates may find a vast application of their knowledge in the field of medical setup, diagnostic labs, and research horizons and in pharmaceutical industry.
Detail Content
  • Definition of health and disease.
    • Maintenance of health.
    • Defense against disease.
    • Primary, secondary and tertiary defenses.
  • The molecular basis of disease.
    • Auto immune disorders, Allergies,
    • Gene hunting for inherited disorders
    • Using genetic information for disease control
    • Reproductive health
    • STDs
    • Protection against STDs
    • Woman and child health
    • Effects of tobacco and alcohol consumption on birth weight.
  • Proteomics and metabolomics disorders and available therapies
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Galactosemia
    • Lysosomal storage disorder of the brain
  • Gene therapy.
  • Stem cell therapy
    • Haematopoiesis
    • Stem cell based therapies for myocardial infraction
    • For blindness
    • Cornea repair
    • Treatment of burns and wound healing
  • Transplants
    • Bone marrow transplants
    • Skin transplants
    • Xenotransplants
    • Immune therapies Monoclonal Antibodies
    • Genetically Engineered T-cells
    • protective and therapeutic vaccines
  • Molecular Diagnostic
    • Markers for disease susceptibility in risk population
    • Makers for various cancers
    • Karotyping associated with genetic disorders
Text/Ref Books
  1. Medical Biotechnology by Keen and Pongracz. Churchill Livingstone.
  2. Healthcarecare Biotechnology: A Practical Guide by DimitrisDogramatzis.
  3. Biotechnology and Your Healthcare: Pharmaceutical Applications by Bernice ZaldinSchacter.
Time Schedule : Fall Semester 2014
Faculty/Resource Person Dr. AttiyaBhatti
PhD (QAU Islamabad)

Discipline: Human Molecular Genetics