Learn about the endocrine system as a control system within the body, controlling, modifying and fine tuning the body's responses to stimuli and maintaining the core functions keeping homeostasis and active function.
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1. An Introduction to the Endocrine System

  • Outline the basic functions of the endocrine system, including what endocrine function is and feedback mechanisms within the body.

2. Control of Appetite

  • An outline the function of the hypothalamus in appetite control.
3. The Adrenal Glands and Adrenal Disorders
  • Understand the anatomy of the adrenal glands and how they function
  • Describe some common conditions associated with the adrenal glands
4. HPA Axis and Growth Hormone
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between the hypothalamus and the anterior and posterior pituitary glands.
  • Understand the function and regulation of growth hormone.
5. Pituitary Disorders
  • To learn about the different types of pituitary disorder
  • To be able to describe the signs and symptoms of some pituitary disorders
  • To be able to describe the treatment of some pituitary disorders
6. The Thyroid Gland
  • Understand the anatomy of the thyroid and its function, and explore the common thyroid pathologies.
7. The Endocrine Pancreas
  • Understand the structure and endocrine function of the pancreas.
8. Diabetes Mellitus
  • Understand the basis of diabetes mellitus
  • Understand the complications that can occur
9. Calcium Metabolism
  • Gain a brief understanding of the functions and regulation of calcium.
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