Topics covered will include: Methods used in the study of endocrinology; pro-opiomelanocortin and the concept of tissue specific processing; melanocortin peptides; processing of prohormones; melanocortin receptors; the regulation of feeding in mammals; current understanding of the development of cancers in endocrine-related tissues including breast, ovary, endometrium, prostate, testis; the mechanisms and impact of endocrine disruption on aquatic wildlife populations; implications of endocrine disruption for human health including infertility and cancer development; environmental oestrogens; compounds with antiandrogenic and other activity; neurological, teratogenic and immunological impact of endocrine disruption; pathways to regulation including the implications for the EU of REACH.

Term(s) offered: Autumn term module; 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: [None]