Systems Physiology

Course Code :1039FBDBIC
Study domain:Biochemistry
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:50
Study load (hours):196
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Dirk Snyders
Alain Labro

3. Course contents *

Cardiovascular system: Blood and haemostasis, the heart as  a muscle and a circulation pump; hemodynamics and micro-circulation in the vascular system; control of the peripheral circulation, integration of cardiac output and peripheral vasculature in control of blood pressure and tissue perfusion.


Respiratory system: functional anatomy and mechanics of breathing, ventilation and perfusion; transport of O2 and CO2; regulation of ventilation.

Renal: fundamental principles of renal filtration, secretion and absorption; glomerular and tubular function; regulation of osmolarity and volume of body fluids; regulation of electrolytes and acid-base balance.


Gastrointestinal system: mechanisms and regulation of motility, secretions, digestion and absorption


Endocrinology system: Fundamental principles of (neuro)endocrine regulation and homeostasis; specific function of hypothalamo-pituitary axis, thyroid gland, adrenal gland and endocrine pancreas.