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Introduction to Systems Physiology

Introduction à la physiologie des systèmes

Responsible Faculty: School of Biology (FBM-BIO)

Teacher(s): Luc Pellerin

Validity: 2015 -> 2015

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
42 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 3.50


Understand and describe the function of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
Understand and describe the function of metabolism regulation via notably the gastro-intestinal system
Understand and describe the function of the renal system
Integrate molecular and cellular elements to explain properties and functions of various tissues and organs
Acquire an integrative view of how an organism works
Acquire an evolutive perspective of the development of physiological systems



Epithelium structure and functions as well as transport systems of epithelial cells (2h)

Functional organization of kidneys (3 h)
macro- and micro- anatomy of renal system
glomerular filtration, renal perfusion, tubular function
elements of comparative physiology for elimination systems and maintenance of homeostasis

Ionic homeostasis and ionic transport systems (2 h)
Na, K, Cl

Control of organic compound elimination and transport systems (1 h)

Homeostasis of acid-base equilibrium: role of kidneys (2 h)

Homeostasis of osmotic equilibrium (2 h)


Introduction to metabolism
Structure of the gastro-intestinal system
Energetic substrates: nutrition
Stages of digestion
Metabolism and function of the stomach
Metabolism and function of the intestine
Metabolism and hepato-pancreatic function
Adipose tissue participation
Integrative metabolism
Evolutionary metabolism


General organization of the cardiovascular system and evolution among species
Anatomy and histologie of the heart and blood vessels
Electrical activity and heart rate
Cardiac cycle
Cardiac ouput
Basic knowledge of fluid mechanics applied to hemodynamics
Arterial blood pressure
Blood flow regulation at the level of arterioles
Capillary exchanges
Venous return


Role of breathing
Organization of the respiratory system
Gas exchange in the lungs
Transport of O2 and CO2 in the blood
Control of ventilation


Written - Multiple choices type


Moyes et Schulte - Principles of Animal Physiology - Chapitres 8 - 11
Boron et Boulpaep - Medical Physiology - Chapitres 17-44
Marieb - Anatomie et Physiologie Humaine - Chapitres 18-19, 22-23, 26
Rhoades and Pflanzer - Human Physiology - Chapitres 18-25
West - Respiratory Physiology: the essentials

Programme requirements

Cellular and molecular biology course BSc1, General biochemistry course BSc1, General physics course BSc1, Introduction to neurosciences course BSc2

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