Ocular Genetics (OPSC5011)


Ocular genetics is becoming better understood as advances are made in the field. Areas of diagnosis, prognosis and possible gene therapy are becoming much more relevant and deserve to be included in the formal training of ophthalmologists. Successful candidates will gain an understanding of genetics and molecular tools used in current medical genetics and disease gene discovery, understand the application of these concepts in ophthalmology, gain an overview of the current knowledge of genes associated with eye disease and the patho-physiological mechanisms, be aware of the broader ethical considerations when applying genetic knowledge to patients, become familiar with internet based bioinformatics - reference tools to aid clinical practice, research and self learning and be aware of the future therapeutic opportunities.

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online/distance learning environment (total of 20hrs/wk) for 13 wks comprising: lectures delivered online (3 hrs/wk), online tutorials (1hr/wk), self directed learning and assignments (16hrs/wk), wk 14 for revision. In addition to time spent on assignment


1x3000word assignment every 3wks (45%), online interaction (10%), 1x3hr exam (45%)

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