The student must understand the basic processes of normal growth and development and how pertubations result in abnormalities. The course will cover embryological development of the head and neck and the effects of prematurity, assessment of developmental milestones in infancy and postnatal growth and development of the head and neck. The mechanisms by which congenital abnormalities arise, concepts of dysmorphology and terminology and nomenclature used in syndromology. Principles of Mendelian genetics in relation to patterns of inheritance, gene expression and penetrance and the tools used in the diagnosis of genetic diseases. The role and processes of genetic counselling and to search for and retrieve information on dysmorphology via the World Wide Web and other syndrome diagnostic tools such as POSSUM.
clinical prac 24hr/wk, 4x3hr tut
clinical prac (50%), tutorials (50%)
Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, Cameron and Widmer, 4th Edition.