Methodologies in nutrition sciences

A.Y. 2016/2017
Overall hours
BIO/13 MED/13 MED/49
Learning objectives
Provide an overview of the current outlook for the nutritional prevention and therapeutic support for the improvement of human health through the study of foods that have beneficial effects on human health.
General principles of endocrine and hormonal regulation physiology in order to provide the basis of energy metabolism studies methods and the effects of lifestyle on its control.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Unit 1:
Introduction to nutraceuticals.
Macro and micronutrients, phytonutrients, food additives and preservatives.
Prebiotics, probiotics, dietary fiber. Role of probiotics in allergies, food intolerances and celiac disease.
The nutraceutical in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and kidney diseases, cancer, diseases of the skeleton, aging and degenerative diseases.
The nutraceutical for women (of childbearing age, pregnancy, menopause). Antiaging antioxidants. Polyphenols in cystitis.
The nutraceutical for man (metabolic syndrome, kidney stones, prostate hypertrophy).
The nutraceutical in the growth of child.

Unit 2:
General principles of the endocrine system physiology
Hypothalamus, hypophysis and thyroid: regulation of energy balance
Parathyroid and regulation of Ca2 + and PO4
Adrenal gland
Endocrine pancreas and nutrition
Hormonal regulation of the electrolyte balance
Study methods of energy metabolism and body composition in vivo in humans in obesity field
Study methods of the effects of physical exercise on insulin sensitivity

Teaching materials
Unit 1: the slides shown during the classes and lecture notes will be supplied during the course.
Unit 2:Williams Textbook of Endocrinology - 12th Edition - Shlomo Melmed, Kenneth S. Polonsky, P. Reed Larsen, Henry M. Kronenberg - Ed. Saunders

Expected prevous knowledge and final exam
No specific request
Fianl exam will be written (unit 1) and oral (unit 2)

Recommended Prerequisites

Teaching methods
Classical lectures

BIO/13 - EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY - University credits: 0
MED/13 - ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM - University credits: 0
MED/49 - FOOD AND DIETETIC SCIENCES - University credits: 0
Lessons: 48 hours