BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCE: KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN BEING FROM MOLECULE TO BODY
The Fundamental Medicine Section directs its research to the function of the human body and its alterations under the effects of disease. This research takes place from the molecular level to the whole organism. This Section currently comprises five departments; the sixth, the former Department of Human Protein Science, disappeared on january 1st, 2018. Its activities have been dispatched to other Faculty Departments.
The mysteries of the brain and of interconnected neurons are deciphered by the Department of Neurosciences, whereas the genome is studied by the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, which is also involved in the understanding of the stages of embryonic development. The immune system and cell migration during embryogenesis or tumour development are studied by the Department of Pathology and Immunology, whilst the Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism seeks to elucidate the cellular mechanisms involved in various diseasesy, such as vascular diseases, obesity or diabetes. The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine studies the biology of microorganisms - parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses - as well as their interactions with the infected host.