School of Medicine
University of Patras
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Undergraduate Courses

Physiology and biology of stem cells - applications in regenerative medicine

Semester 5th ()

Hours Teaching 2 hours, Laboratory 0 hours, Tutorial 0 hours , Clinical Training 0 hours (per week)



Recent scientific data resulting: from the study of embryonic stem cells, from the identification of embryonic stem cells in tissues and organs from adults and from the discovery of the induced stem cells highlight the important role of stem cells in understanding normal and pathological functions of the humans. In the same time the progress in understanding the function of stem cells leads to the development of new strategies which will be used in disease treatment. This lesson aims to expand the undergraduate student’s knowledge and to incorporate the knowledge as for the physiology and the biology of stem cells in the maintenance of homeostasis of the organism, in human pathogenesis and in the development of new therapeutic strategies which are based on cell replacement.

In this course  the following topics are developed:

  • Stem cells populations in humans
  • Biological features of stem cells
  • Molecular signaling pathways that contribute to the self-regeneration and differentiation of stem cells
  • Cancer stem cells
  • Induced stem cells
  • Use of stem cells in Regenerative Medicine