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Department of Morphology and Physiology

Address H-1088 Budapest, Vas u. 17.
Mailing address: H-1085 Budapest, Üllői út 26.
Tel.: (+36-1) 486-4940
Fax: (+36-1) 486-4942
Email: morfologia@se-etk.hu
Website: Faculty of Health Sciences

Head of the Department Professor Gabriella Dörnyei, Ph.D.

Background The Department of Morphology and Physiology as a unit of the Institute of Basic Health Sciences has been operating at Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences since its foundation in 1975. The Department participates in the education of the full time English language physiotherapy BSc program since 2005. The full time English language training of nurses and midwives was introduced in the 2011/2012 academic year.

Education

The Department’s educational tasks include the teaching of core and optional subjects to students participating in the full- and part time trainings of the Faculty, as well as to students taking part in the Master’s level programmes, in the doctorate courses and in vocational trainings. Members of the Department’s staff contribute to different medical and healthcare research projects, too.

The Morphology Working Group teaches Anatomy and Applied Biology, whilst the Physiology Working Group teaches Physiology-Pathophysiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry in the first, second and third semesters. The following optional subjects are offered in English language:

  • Biology of stem cells
  • From classical genetics to epigenetics
  • Chapters of venous circulation and hemodynamics
  • Current issues of radiobiology
  • The genetic basis of muscle disorders
  • Trends in modern biotechnology
  • Functions of hormone receptors: scientific research and clinical practice, health and disease

 Research

The main research areas of the teaching staff are as follows:

  • Maintaining of functional abilities and prevention of falls among older adults
  • The examination of decreased function due to low back pain with validated, self-reported questionnaires
  • The examination of posture balance and talent parameters of high school student age group
  • Signaling pathways and autophagy in cancer
  • Spiritual resources and healing (The effect of hypnosis as an adjunctive treatment of intermediate and high risk breast cancer patients on survival, immune functions and quality of life)
  • Stem cells: prospects and challenges
  • Investigation of serum biomarkers for prediction of late side effect of ionizing radiation
  • Determination of potential targets for intervention in radiation-induced cardiovascular disease
  • HER-2 oncogene amplification, chromosome 17 and DNA ploidy status in synovial sarcoma
  • Signal transduction pathways in maternal-foetal interactions in normal and complicated pregnancies
  • A possible model of venous varicosity in rats
  • Role of angiotensin II in vascular remodeling
  • Gerontokineziology – translational animal models: organization of motor control and cognitive functions
  • Walking assessment and dementia prediction
  • Prevention of falling and fracture in elderlies
  • Movement/sport nutrition
  • Active and passive exercise (experimental and human studies)
  • Bariatric and metabolic surgery in rats
  • Neurocardiological aspects of exercise-driven rehabilitation in rats

Last updated: April 7, 2017