Parathyroid Hormone, Calcitonin and Vitamin D

A foundation level interactive tutorial covering the release and function of PTH, Calcitonon and Vitamin D

by David Dewhurst and David Davies


The highly interactive program is designed to teach the basic physiology of the hormones involved in the regulation of plasma calcium. It covers:

  • location and structure of the parathyroid glands,
  • synthesis, release, transport and action of parathyroid hormone, calcitonin and vitamin D on bone, kidney and gastrointestinal tract,
  • physiological role of calcium,
  • structure of bone and bone remodelling,
  • principal abnormalities of calcium metabolism - hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis.

High quality colour graphics are used extensively throughout the program and features such as animation and a Hypertext facility are used to enhance student learning. The program uses several features to promote interactivity e.g. students are required to:

(i) label diagrams by "dragging" labels from a list and "dropping" them into the appropriate box on the diagram,

(ii) answer a variety of self-assessment questions (multiple choice, selecting correct phrases from a list to complete a statement, and true/false questions with feedback).

Language Versions: English

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8
    • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11
  • Mac OS:
    • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
    • Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
    • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11

Target Audience: First year undergraduates from a range of biological science, medical and health-related courses. The material covers approximately two hours of lectures to first year students) and would occupy students for 2-4 hrs of fairly intensive study. May also be suitable for good high school students.

Price: £250 (multiuser, educational license)

ISBN 1-874758-35-2
©2008 Sheffield Bioscience Programs

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