Vivianne Irene Otto: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name PD Dr. Vivianne Irene Otto
FieldPharmazeutische Biochemie
Inst. f. Pharmazeutische Wiss.
ETH Zürich, HCI H 415
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 73 20
Fax+41 44 633 13 64
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences

511-0010-00LScientific Concepts and Methods Restricted registration - show details
Only for MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences.
2 credits3GE. Kut Bacs, V. I. Otto, N. Sieroka
AbstractThe module is an introductory course fostering critical thinking about scientific concepts and methods in the natural sciences, particularly in pharmaceutical and biomedical research.
• have the ability to explain and reflect upon core themes in philosophy of science and cutting edge methods that are relevant in modern pharmaceutical and biomedical research.
• are able to explain the role experiments, models, images, and quantifications play in the formation of a theory, and the constitution and illustration of a scientific fact.
• are able to actively engage in a critical discussion about scientific concepts, methods and approaches in the field of biomedical research and philosophy of science.
• are able to critically evaluate the basic scientific assumptions, concepts and approaches underlying their own research project.
• have learned how to “closely read” and analyse a scientific paper and are able to present their paper analysis to an audience that is not expert in the research field.
ContentThis course is part of the ETH "Critical Thinking" initiative.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is best suited for students who have recently performed a research project of their own.
535-0391-00LPathobiology4 credits3GM. Detmar, V. I. Otto
AbstractPathobiology describes the mechanisms underlying a disease and its clinical manifestations. An overview over important diseases of different organ systems and their symptoms will be given. How the discussed diseases can be recognized based on symptoms and diagnostic tests will be practiced based on case studies.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of the molecular mechanisms that link the cause of a disease to its clinical manifestation. Knowing the most important diseases and their symptoms. First abilities to recognize and distinguish between different diseases based on case studies.
ContentLecture Topics:

1. Introduction and General Pathology

2. Cardiovascular Diseases

3. Lung Diseases

4. Diseases of Blood Cells

5. Kidney Diseases

6. Gastrointestinal Diseases

7. Disorders of the Endocrine System

8. Diseases of the Reproductive Organs

9. Skin Diseases

10. Metabolic Disorders

11. Musculoskeletal Diseases

12. Disorders of Sensory Organs

13. Disorders of the Nervous System

Case studies referring to the diseases discussed in the course of the lectures will be solved and the solutions presented by the students.
Lecture notesWill be available at the following website:

LiteratureKumar Vinay ; Abbas Abul K. ; Fausto Nelson ; Aster Jon C, Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th ed., Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia 2010
Mitchell Richard N. ; Kumar Vinay ; Abbas Abul K. ; Fausto Nelson ; Aster Jon C., Pocket Companion to Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th ed., Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia 2012
Tischendorf Frank W. (Hrsg.), Blickdiagnostik : Compact-Atlas der klinischen Inspektion und Differenzialdiagnostik, 4. Aufl., Schattauer Verlag, Stuttgart 2010
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements: Completion of Basic Studies