Biomedical Sciences-Dental School  

Courses
Course Code and Number, Course Title, Credit(s)

DBMS 604 Current Trends in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Oral Tissues (1)
Presentations by students, faculty members, and guest speakers consist of original research work and related issues and trends in molecular biology research of oral tissues. The course emphasizes new methods in molecular and cell biology.

DBMS 605 Scientific Method, Writing, and Ethics (1)*
Covers the scientific method, including the relationship of empirical vs. rational approaches. Emphasizes the formulation of hypothesis and experimental design and critical review of literature. The course also covers ethical issues and writing styles for scientific papers and research grant proposals.

DBMS 608 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences (1)
An overview of the department's three research tracks, and the teaching, research focus, and interests of faculty members. Offered fall semester, two one-hour sessions per week.

DBMS 611 Principles of Mammalian Physiology (6)
Focuses on ideas of human physiology. Topics include cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous, renal, and endocrine systems; didactic method and seminar methods of instruction; and research aspects of physiology. Offered spring semester.

DBMS 614 Physiology of Aging (2)
This course for graduate students in health professions and others with an interest in gerontology focuses on cell biology, metabolic processes, cardiovascular, and neurobiological aspects of aging. Covers a pathophysiological basis for health problems of older adults. Students study alterations at the cell, organ, and system levels to provide the basis for clinical management of common health problems. Offered spring semester.
Prerequisite: DBMS 611 or MPHY 600, or equivalent.

DBMS 618 Special Topics in BMS (1)
This multisectioned course offers students research and educational opportunities in both the traditional biomedical disciplines and in several emerging areas of the “new biology.” Small groups of students and graduate faculty arrange the offerings. Areas of specialization include anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular endocrinology, and mineralized tissues.

DBMS 619 Biomedical Science Seminar (1)
Presenting seminars and participating in discussions is an important part of graduate education. Attendance at departmental seminars is a program requirement. The multidisciplinary program provides students and faculty the opportunity to learn about research across the curriculum. Students must present one seminar each year. Students register for and earn 1 credit hour in the semester that they present. Students must earn at least 4 credits with a minimum grade of B for graduation.

DBMS 620 Biological Aspects of Dental Caries (2)
Presents current evidence-based information about biological aspects of dental caries. Basic microbial ecology of the oral cavity and microbial mechanisms of caries are presented. Other topics include histopathology of enamel, dentin, and root surface caries; chemistry and functions of saliva as they relate to dental caries; and associations between saliva and oral structures.

DBMS 622 Immunology and Oral Disease (3)
Covers basic immunologic principles, clinical immunology, and immunologic studies of oral diseases. Offered spring semester.

DBMS 625 Mammalian Oral Histology and Embryology (2)
Developing and definitive oral and paraoral structures are presented, with special emphasis on recent advances in this field of study.

DBMS 628 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy (2-4)
Gives students a working knowledge of the functional anatomy of the head and neck through detailed dissection and lectures.

DBMS 631 Oral Motor Function (2)
Provides biomedical sciences students with an updated, in-depth presentation of mandibular function and neuromuscular control mechanisms involved in mastication, swallowing, and speech. Lectures and student presentations cover the morphology, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology of structures required for oral motility. Emphasis is on the clinical relevance of basic science information. Offered second semester, alternate years.
Prerequisite: DBMS 611 or equivalent.

DBMS 633 The Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint (1)
Graduate and postgraduate students learn about developmental, microscopic, and gross anatomic features of the temporomandibular joint through lectures and seminars by the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and clinical disciplines.

DBMS 635 Bacterial Genetics (4)*
Covers induction, expression, and selection of mutants; molecular basis of mutations; transfer of genetic information by transformation, transduction, and conjugation; complementation and recombination in phage and bacteria; plasmids; and recombinant DNA. Offered first semester. Two lectures/discussion periods per week deal with the genetics of bacteria and bacterial viruses.
Cross-listed: GPLS 635.

DBMS 636 Pharmacology of Anesthetic Drugs (3)
Covers basic pharmacologic aspects of general and local anesthetic drugs and drugs used for pain control. Topics include theories on the mechanism of action, structure-activity relationships, physiological effects of these agents, and drug interactions and clinical aspects.

DBMS 638 Biostatistics (1-3)
Introduces students to research design and statistics as they apply to dentistry to allow students to evaluate literature in their fields and work cooperatively with a statistician on research projects.

DBMS 641 Introduction to Neuroscience (4)
This required course is for students interested in doing doctoral dissertation research in neurosciences. While the course provides an overview of the field, its emphasis is on mastery of core ideas, assessed through quizzes, problem sets, and examinations. Lectures, taught by a small group of faculty members from several departments, cover a comprehensive textbook of neurosciences.
Prerequisites: basic biology, chemistry, and physics.
Cross-listed: GPLS 641.

DBMS 642 Nociception, Pain, and Analgesia (2)
Emphasis is on the nervous system mechanisms responsible for nociception, pain, and the alleviation of pain. Classical and current research in the neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neurophysiology of pain relate to clinical observations, pain syndromes, and mechanisms of analgesic drugs. Material is most relevant for dental, medical, and nursing graduate students. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisite: DBMS 611 or equivalent.

DBMS 643 The Neurobiology of Nociception, Pain (2)
Designed for neuroscience graduate students in all health disciplines, this course focuses on the basic science and research aspects of nociception and pain. Topics include the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and the psychophysics of nociception and pain. Weekly, two-hour class meetings consist of student presentations and group discussions, based on a reading list provided by the faculty. Offered spring, every other year.
Prerequisite: GPLS 641.
Cross-listed: GPLS 643.

DBMS 653 Techniques in Microscopy (4)*
Students learn techniques used to prepare biological material for examination with light and electron microscopes. The course covers theory of light and electron optics. Students get to use some techniques to help solve problems that may require a microscope in individual research projects. Offered fall semester, alternate years.

DBMS 708 Laboratory Rotations (1-3)
This course provides students with practical laboratory experience in a variety of techniques and allows them to become familiar with the faculty members and their research.  Doctoral students are required to complete at least two rotations in different laboratories in the program.  Rotations may run either one full semester or one half semester (eight weeks).  All rotations should be completed by the end of the 4th semester in the program. Offered throughout the year.

DBMS 799 Master's Thesis Research (1-12)

DBMS 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-12)

*A permission slip from the program director or instructor is necessary to enroll in this course.

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