Laboratory diagnostics is in continuous expanding trend, representing a real working opportunity for the young graduates in Biological Sciences. To this end, this course is aiming to provide the basic theorical and practical background in order to understand most of the laboratory tests and to facilitate the future employment in Laboratory Medicine and related fields (public and private clinical laboratories, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies).
Expected learning outcomes
Lesson period: First semester
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This course explains the basic principles of laboratory practice in the monitoring of health and disease. In the first part problems related to the acquisition, management and applications of laboratory data are discussed. Arguments concerning the reference values, analytical goals, evaluation of methods and quality assurance are also explained. In the second part the analytical methods, physiopathology and interpretation of the most common laboratory tests (metabolites, proteins, enzymes, hormones, tumor markers, organ function tests) are illustrated.
Reference Material A. Gaw et al. Biochimica clinica. Terza edizione. Elsevier Masson, 2007.
Prerequisites and examination procedures Good background in Biochemistry, human anatomy and general physiology written exam (students attending all the lessons) written + oral (students attending Recommended Prerequisites Biochemistry
Teaching Methods Lectures
Language of instruction Italian
Program information Copy of the presentations together with some suggested readings are available through the Ariel platform.