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MedST & VetST 1A Homeostasis (HOM)

MedST & VetST 1A Homeostasis is the core physiology course for first-year medical and veterinary students. Course information is provided on the course Moodle website. If you cannot see it, it may be that you are not enrolled as a supervisor: please contact Mel Quy ( and ask her to put you on the list and give you access.

The HOM Moodle site is designed for those students enrolled on the course, plus supervisors. This website includes a Moodle 'book' for HOM supervisors, which gives advice and guidance about supervising in general, as well as hints and tips specific to Homeostasis. The Moodle website also describes the lectures and lecturers in this course, which are subject to change every year, and holds all the course material. Please note that the "Information for Supervisors" section should be visible on the main HOM title page, but it is not visible to students. If you cannot see it, it may be that you are not enrolled as a supervisor: please contact Mel Quy ( and ask her to put you on the list and give you access.

Homeostasis supervisors are expected to cover the experimental physiology practical classes which the students take as part of this course; there is a practical paper set as part of the June exam. If you wish to attend a practical class to get a better feel for what it is all about, please contact Dr. Matt Mason (

There is a histology paper set as part of the end-of-year Homeostasis exam. The Histology course is considered separate to the Homeostasis course, however, and is not routinely supervised. Click here for more about Histology supervising.

Please have a look at the supervising physiology in Cambridge page, which contains some general tips for new supervisors teaching this course.

New information for the 2019-20 course

1) The new Course Organiser is Prof. Dino Giussani, who is taking over while Dr Schwiening is on sabbatical.

2) Dr Schwiening is on sabbatical leave. His Thermoregulation lecture course in Easter will be given by Andrew Murray; the final lecture will be on inflammation and will be given by Milka Sarris.

3) There are substantial changes to the practical classes. The software interface has moved from LabTutor to the newer LabStation. The reports generated by the students now take the form of pdf documents which are exported at the end of each class but which cannot subsequently be modified at home. There is no longer a requirement to submit these reports by a certain deadline: the completion of the report within the class itself is sufficient.

4) There will be some changes to the first (introductory) practical class: students will be looking at jugular venous pulses instead of investigating what happens to the finger pulse when they cool their hands. Otherwise the Michaelmas practical classes will be largely unchanged.

5) All three Lent term practical classes will be changed. The first (L2) will be a new class on Exercise Physiology; the second (L4) will be a new class on Respiratory Physiology. These classes will contain elements of the old classes, for example end-expiratory gas analysis, but will also contain new elements including pulse oximetry. The third Lent term class (L6) will be the Metabolic Changes class which used to be in the Easter term.

6) There will be a new Easter term practical class entitled Thermoregulation & Water Loss (this will be based on the Physiology of Organisms Thermoregulation class).