Course knowledge requirements
The course will be of interest to anyone who is captivated by human biology, transplantation, surgery or your immune system.
We will talk to the surgeons who perform the liver transplant operation; the clinical staff who care for the patients; the liver transplant coordinators who help to source and allocate donor organs; and patients themselves about their experiences of liver transplant.
During this course, we will explore the major issues that fascinate us:
- How is it possible to take an organ like the liver from one person and have it survive inside another?
- Have you ever wondered about the ethics of organ donation, and how organs should be allocated?
- Why is there such an increasing demand for donor livers for transplantation?
- How can new advances increase the numbers of organs that are available for liver transplant?
Trish Lalor is a Senior Lecturer and research scientist in the Centre for Liver Research. She has published over 50 research papers as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of leucocyte recruitment, endothelial biology and liver disease. Her research has been supported by research grants from The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, NIH and The European Union and by collaborations with industry. Trish is a STEM ambassador and visits schools to promote science education and clinical research to a wider audience.
Trish has featured in the University’s Heroes campaign.
Zania Stamataki is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow in the Centre for Liver Research. She is funded by the Royal Society to investigate the role of lymphocytes as vehicles for virus transmission. Zania is interested in defining the complex role of lymphocytes in persistent infections, both from an immunology and a virology perspective.
Zania is a member of Women in Academic Medicine and Science (WAMS) steering group and the Athena SWAN committee. She is on the editorial boards of journals for virology and hepatology and is a STEM ambassador to promote Science and Technology for children and young people.
How to apply
The next start date for this free online course is currently to be confirmed. You can register your interest now at the FutureLearn website.
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