Respiratory Physiology
Respiratory Physiology

Respiratory Physiology

by Thad Wilson, PhD

Delve into one of the most important components of human physiology – breathing

Breathing and the exchange of gases in the body is one of the most important processes which keeps human beings alive. Thus, understanding the respiratory system is essential for anyone willing to learn about physiology, the function of a healthy body. Using an organ systems approach, Professor Thad Wilson will introduce you to the main components of the respiratory system, their functions and the way they interact with each other.

The following subjects will be covered:
  • pulmonary blood flow and its relation to the general circulatory system
  • increases and decreases in pulmonary blood flow and the factors influencing them
  • the transport of O2 and CO2 including oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation 
  • the respiratory cycle and how diseases alter it 
  • hypercapnia, hypoxemia and their clinical appearance 
  • the regulation of the respiratory system in the brain via receptors 
  • the effects of barometric pressure on the pulmonary system 
Schemata and case studies will help you understand these complex issues. Upon completion of this course, medical students will understand the function of the respiratory system and all its components. They will thus be fully prepared for their medical exams. Moreover, practicing physicians may use this course to refresh their knowledge about the physiology of the respiratory system.

Course Details

  • Videos 38
  • Duration 2:30 h
  • Quiz questions 71
  • Articles 4


Your Educators of course Respiratory Physiology

 Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad E. Wilson is a Professor and Director of Education in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has been teaching medical students for more than 15 years at Colleges of Medicine in the USA: Philadelphia, PA (Drexel University); Athens, OH (Ohio University), Indianapolis, IN (Marian University), and now Lexington, KY (University of Kentucky). He has worked extensively developing and improving medical curriculums, as well as serving in leadership roles directing Medical Physiology and various organ system courses. Professor Thad Wilson has been awarded multiple institutional and national medical school teaching awards and previously was involved in both question writing and question reviewing for national board exams in the health sciences. Professor Thad Wilson has coauthored >85 peer-reviewed scientific and educational articles as well as a physiology textbook, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Physiology, which has been translated into seven languages, is in several electronic formats, and is currently in the 2nd edition.

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By Charles C. on 09. January 2021 for Respiratory Physiology

Superb content delivery. Easy to follow and understand. Great job Thad

really good emphysema explanation.
By Catarina S. on 17. November 2020 for Airway Resistance – Breathing and Lung Mechanics

I didnt understand it the first time I watched it, but after studying the textbook and watching it again, everything made so much sense. Having a better understanding in physics and ?pressure in the respiratory system also helps. That was truly a high yield lecture, but it's best if you watch it after doing some reading in your textbooks.

Very happy with this course
By Santiago C. on 05. September 2020 for Respiratory Physiology

Excellent coverage of topics with enough detail and relevance to enhance knowledge without sacrificing being practical and easy to absorb.

Respiratory physiology
By Ana P. on 22. August 2020 for Respiratory Physiology

It was a great lecture, high-yield indeed. But i hope there will be more detailed downloadable notes provided next time not just in PPT form so it will be easier to review.