Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDSCI 731 - Advanced Reproductive Biology

15 Points

Semester 2


Prerequisite: 15 points from MEDSCI 312, 313, BIOSCI 351, 353, 356


MEDSCI 731 focuses on recent scientific advances in the field of human reproductive biology.  In particular, it aims to take a research-based approach to allow students to develop an appreciation of the how our understanding of normal and pathological aspects of human reproductive biology have developed, where advances in this field may take us in the future, and the ethical implications and considerations of human reproductive technologies.

This course aims to understand normal reproductive events and how normal biological processes are disrupted to cause medical problems. A range of specific disorders of reproduction (Pre-eclampsia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis), including infertility and gynaecological cancer, will be discussed. Attention will be given to the recent advances in understanding of disease at a molecular level and how they translate to become a clinical disorder.

Specific topics taught on the course include:

  • The role of stem cells in reproduction
  • Spermatogenesis and male factor infertility
  • The endometrium and endometriosis
  • Premature menopause
  • In vitro fertilisation

The course is taught by Dr Jo James, Dr Lynsey Cree, Professor Cris Print, Professor Andrew Shelling and Professor Larry Chamley, who each bring their own research topics of interest to life.


MEDSCI 731 is assessed by a combination of three tools:

  1. A critical literature review
  2. A seminar presentation that forms part of a student-led workshop organised around a theme(s) of interest identified by the class
  3. A final exam.  

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