The newly established Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology represents one of the largest Basic Biomedical Science units in the Faculty of Medicine. The department is a result of a dynamic grouping of different disciplines that include gross anatomy, embryology, histology, neuroanatomy, cell biology and organs and systems physiology. The morphological and physiological sciences are essential disciplines for the understanding of human biology and, in essence, form the foundation for studies of function and disease processes. They are, therefore, a requisite and a corner stone for the practice of medicine. The primary goal of the Department is to continue pursuing a high level of excellence in the teaching to professional and undergraduate students in health-related fields and to sustain quality research.
MissionIn line with the University mission and within the overall objectives of the Faculty of Medicine, the mission of the Department is to emphasize programs with a strong correlation between structure and function and to focus on integration of cellular and molecular biology with the biology of cells organized as tissues, organs, organ systems and organisms. The Department strives to meet the following objectives:
Vision We envisage that by the end of our restructuring, recruiting and renovating our physical facilities, the Department will occupy a central and pivotal role in medical education and a leading position in state of the art of biomedical research.
HistoryTeaching of anatomy, histology and physiology was the basis of medicine since the inception of the Medical Department at the Syrian Protestant College in 1967, now known as Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut. The Arab version of the text books of anatomy (التوضيح في علم التشريح) and of physiology (أصول الفيسيولوجيا) by John Wortabet (one of the founders of the Medical School) written in the early 1870s, constituted a landmark in the history of arabization of modern science. These disciplines were later re-organized into three separate departments: Anatomy and Embryology, Histology and Neuroanatomy, and Physiology, in the year 1926 and were hosted in the Van Dyck building since 1930; They were moved to the new DTS building of the Faculty of Medicine in 1975 and occupied the basement and the first and second floors. In 1967, the Departments of Anatomy and Histology were merged together into the Department of Human Morphology that was chaired by Dr. Adel Afifi till the year 1985. This new Department was responsible for teaching anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, cell biology and histology. As a result of the recent restructuring of the basic medical sciences, the Departments of Human Morphology and Physiology were merged together in 2010 under the new Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology.
TeachingThe department offers teaching to Medical, Paramedical (Nursing and Medical Laboratory), and graduate students. Medicine I Students (Includes a total of 29 credits)
Paramedical Students (Includes a total of 7 credits)
The Graduate ProgramIn addition to courses taught to medical students, teaching for graduate students includes several courses in advanced research topics, methodology and tutorials, seminars and research projects for the MS and MS-MD degrees.
MS degrees in three different majors are offered by the Department: Human Morphology (Cell and Tissue Biology), Physiology, and the Interfaculty Graduate Neuroscience Program.ResearchThe department boasts a very active research program that encompasses diverse topics ranging from cancer biology to stem cell and regenerative medicine, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and kidney physiology and neuroscience. Members of the department maintain collaborative research activities with many institutions in Lebanon and with research groups in prestigious institutions in Europe and North-America. An impressive amount of research grants is awarded to members affiliated to the Department, and the best research productivity in Lebanon during the last decade is scored by members of the Department and their close collaborators. The following research projects are being pursued: