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Graduate Program Courses - PhD, MS

5126       Responsible Conduct in Biomaterials Research (.5-0). Credit .5  A discussion of issues relating to ethical conduct and research.  Offered spring semester of odd years.

5127     Microscopy (2-0). Credit 2. Principles and methods of scanning electron microscopy.  Technical instruction includes tissue preparation and equipment maintenance. Includes the use of scanning electron, light, fluorescent, and confocal microscopes, and computer imaging techniques. Offered spring semester.

5128     Nanobiomaterials and Regenerative Medicine  Credit 1. This course will present state-of-the-art knowledge of nanobiomaterials and regenerative medicine to students.  Topics include nanobiomaterial design, syntheses and preparation, nanobiotechnology for scaffold fabrication, surface functionality of nanobiomateirals, nanobiomaterials for drug and gene delivery, stem cell and nanobiomaterials and the applications of such materials for various tissue regeneration (bone, cartilage, tooth, etc.). 

5190     Seminar: Current Issues in Science (0-1).  Credit 1.  Guest lectures, workshop lectures and discussion include topics of current interest to program faculty and students and of general interest in the biomedical sciences.  Offered fall and spring semesters.

5205     Oral Histology (3-0).  Credit 3. Origin and development of the dental tissues and their related structures.  Current publications and research reports are used to provide students with an opportunity to investigate some phase of active interest to them and their anticipated future interest in practice.  Offered spring semester.

5208     Microbiology (3-0). Introduction to basic microbiology with emphasis on oral and medical microbes, taxonomy and microbial physiology.  Taught in conjunction with dental curriculum.  Additional readings and discussion for graduate student.  Offered fall and spring semesters.

5214     Clinical Pharmacology (0-1.5). Credit 1.5. Selection and evaluation of dentally-related drugs and review of current literature; seminar format.  Limited to clinical specialty students.  Offered fall semester.

5221     Research Design and Methodology (2-0).  Credit 2.  An introduction to the research process; sufficient background in research design and methodology is provided to enable students to critically evaluate literature and assist in the formulation of research projects.  Also includes discussion of rules and regulations for human and animal research.  Offered fall semester.

5222     Applied Biostatistics (2-0). Credit 2. Overview of applied biostatistics with an emphasis on oral health research.  Training includes computer-based instruction in data analysis using SPSS.  Offered spring semester.

5224     Teaching Practicum in Applied Biostatistics (15-15-15).  Credit 1 This practicum is designed to engage the advanced student in all aspects of teaching applied biostatistics.  Objective #1 of the practicum is to learn how to present biostatistics so that health professions graduate students can master it.  Such mastery includes applying statistical concepts and methods to one's own research and to that published in the professional literature.  Objective #2 is to learn about the creation and evaluation of fair assessments of student performance (tests, projects, etc. and grading them).  Not available for distance learning.

5244     Advanced Biology of Mineralized Tissues (2-0). Credit 2.  Overview of the advanced biology of mineralized tissues and their roles in oral health and disease.  The course will cover the basic molecular biology of teeth and the skeleton, including bone and cartilage and other aspects of systemic biology.  Offered fall semester.

5251     Immunology (2-0)  Credit 1-2.  Update on the principles of immunology with an emphasis on oral aspects and related diseases.  Offered fall semester.

5263     Sensory Neurobiology and Pain (1-0). Credit 1.  An overview of the various sensory systems is explored with the primary emphasis on the processing of pain and temperature information from the craniofacial complex.  Offered summer semester of odd years.

5280     Introduction to Evidence-based Dentistry and Clinical Research .  This is a year-long course consisting of lecture sessions and small group discussions and seminars.  A progress grade will be given at the end of the first semester, followed by a final grade of record at the end of the year.  The main goal of the EBD curriculum at TAM-Baylor College of Dentistry is to provide dental scientists and dentists-in-training with the knowledge and tools to take advantage of constantly increasing knowledge in the clinical, material and basic biomedical sciences.  Taught in conjunction with dental curriculum.  Additional readings and discussion for graduate students; not available for distance learning. 3 sem. hrs.

5301     Neuroscience (1-1) Credit 2  Lectures and laboratory sessions on gross and microscopic anatomy of the human central and peripheral and nervous system.  Neurophysiology of the central nervous system, peripheral nerves, special sense, autonomics and clinical mediation.  Offered spring semester.

5307     Cellular and Molecular Biology (2-3)  Prerequisite: none.  Intermediary metabolism of protein, protein synthesis, nucleic acid metabolism and biochemical endocrinology.  Offered fall semester.

5312     Applied Medical Physiology (1-1)  Credit 2.  Basic physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems.  Each area is expanded to include physiology problems seen clinically as they relate to the dental intern.  Offered summer  semester.  Prerequisite:  BIMS 5611 or equivalent.

5324     Advanced Biostatistics (2-0). Advanced biostatistical methods, including multivariate and longitudinal analysis; computer simulations; applications in craniofacial biology.  Prerequisites:  BIMS 5222.

5341     Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology (1-0)  Credit 1. Principal methods of cellular/molecular investigation of proteins and nucleic acids including immunocy to chemistry, western blotting, northern/southern blotting, radioimmunoassay, in situ hybridization, polymerase chain reaction, intracellular recording and fluorescence confocal microscopy.  Offered summer semester.  Prerequisite BIMS 5V40 or equivalent.

5350     Oral Microbiology  Credit 2-3.   The environment of the mouth is described and its relation to the endogenous and exogenous oral microbiota; relationship between disease and bacterial species; discussion of species differences, molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; and host response to oral microbes.  Offered spring semester.  Prerequisites: BIMS 5208 or equivalent.

5360     Advanced Neuroscience (1-0) Credit 1.  Advanced concepts of neuroscience are presented with an in-depth coverage of membrane and system function.  Prerequisite: BIMS 5301 or equivalent.

5376       Evolutionary and Functional Morphology (1).  Credit 1. Comparative anatomy and evolution of craniofacial structure, with emphasis on current techniques of electrophysiology, kinesiology and musculoskeletal biomechanics or orofacial function.  Offered fall semester.

5402     General Histology (0-3).  General histology and microscopic anatomy of the four basic tissues.  Laboratory study of electron micrographs and prepared slides is employed.  Offered fall semester.

5603     Gross Anatomy (0-4)  Credit 4.  Conceptual and functional basis for understanding macroscopic structure of the human body, utilizing laboratory dissection of human cadavers. Regional anatomy of the back, thorax, upper limb and head is emphasized.  Offered fall semester.

5611     Mammalian Physiology (0-4). Credit 4.  Basic physiology principles of cells, muscle, nerve, blood, heart, circulation, respiration, digestion, excretion and central nervous system in maintaining homeostasis.  Classical laboratory experiments are used to demonstrate these principles.  Offered spring semester.

5V04     Head and Neck Anatomy .  Credit 1 to 1.5. Special emphasis on surgical anatomy and distribution of nerves and vasculature of particular interest in the field of dentistry.    Offered summer semester.

5V40     Cellular and Molecular Biology of Oral Craniofacial Tissues.  Credit 1 to 10.  A general survey intended to provide background information concerning the methods and theory of modern cellular/molecular biology.  This information lays the groundwork for more advanced study, aids those interested in incorporating cellular/molecular approaches into their research and enables one to read, understand and evaluate current scientific literature.  Offered spring semester.  Prerequisites: BIMS 5307 or equivalent.

5V42     Cellular and Molecular Biology of Oral Craniofacial Tissues II. Credit 1 to 10.  Processes of epithelial-mesenchymal interaction as related to odontogenesis, amelogenesis, dentinogenesis, collagen formation, intracellular and extracellular calcium homeostasis, plaque and calculus, and wound healing.  Offered spring semester.

5V69     Growth and Mechanisms of Development (1-0)  Credit 0 to 2.  Normal prenatal growth and development.  Patterns and mechanisms of growth and maturation.  Offered fall semester.

5V73     Advanced Craniofacial Development and Craniofacial Anomalies.  Credit 1 to 10.  Detailed investigation of the basic processes and mechanisms of postnatal growth and adaptation of the craniofacial region.  This course emphasizes the areas of controversy surrounding the current understanding of the factors influencing postnatal craniofacial growth and form; the adaptive capabilities of growth and form; the adaptive capabilities of craniofacial tissues; the effect of altered function on craniofacial growth and form; and the influence of treatment on craniofacial growth and form.  Also considered are theories of craniofacial growth.  Offered fall semester.

5V75     Physical Growth and Maturation. Credit 0.5 to 2.  Pattern and mechanisms of postnatal growth and maturation.  Offered spring semester.

5V78     Teaching Practicum in Gross Anatomy.  Assist with laboratory dissection of human cadavers.  Lead class study groups and prepare pro-sections for the D1 class.  Regional anatomy of the back, thorax, upper limb and head is emphasized. Taught in conjunction with dental curriculum. Additional readings are designed to instruct graduate students how to teach the subject.  1-3 sem. hrs.

5V81.  Seminar: Current Issues in Bone and Mineralized Tissue Biology (0-1).  Credit 1.  Topics of current importance in bone and mineralized tissue biology.  Offered fall and spring semesters.

5V91.  Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (Credit 0-10).  Reading and discussion of current literature pertinent to topic of seminar.  Presentation of papers on selected topics is required for all students.  May be used for multiple courses in any one semester.  Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

5V92.     Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (Credit 0 to 10).  Reading and discussion of current literature pertinent to topic of seminar.  Presentation of papers on selected topics is required for all students.  May be used for multiple courses in any one semester.  Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

5V93     Directed Readings  Credit 0 to 10.  Individualized courses for single students involved in in-depth study of specific topics in the biomedical sciences.

5V94     Directed Readings  Credit 0 to 10.  Individualized courses for single students involved in-depth study of specific topics in the biomedical sciences.

5V95    Directed Readings  Credit 0 to 10.  Individualized courses for single students involved in-depth study of specific topics in the biomedical sciences.

5V96   Research and Special  Problems. Credit 0 to 10.  Concentrated investigation in any area of biomedical sciences.  This course may be used for individualized laboratory rotations or research.

5V97     Research and Special Problems.  Credit 0 to 10.  Concentrated investigation in any area of biomedical sciences.  This course may be used for individualized laboratory rotations of research.

5V98     Thesis Research and Preparation of Master's Thesis.  Credit 0 to 10

5V99     Dissertation.  Credit 0 to 10.  Course used by students after achieving candidacy for research and preparation of Ph.D. dissertation.

Last edited by: werchan 09/05/2014

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