Metabolic diseases

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
MED/05 MED/13
Learning objectives
The course intends to provide knowledge on the endocrine systems under physiopathological conditions and their interaction with phytohormones.
The unit of Hormones/Phytohormones will discuss the general concepts of endocrinology, with a particular view on endocrine axes and the effects of phytohormones, such as phytosterols and phytoestrogens, on the systems correlated with them.
The unit of Metabolic Pathologies will provide knowledge on metabolic biomarkers and pathologies, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, eating disorders and bone metabolism.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the teaching the student must demonstrate a solid knowledge of endocrinology and phytohormones as well as of metabolic pathologies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledges in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are needed
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exams are planned for the two didactic units. The final evaluation will be the result of the mean of the single votes
Course syllabus
Introduction to endocrinology
Endocrine systems: peptidic hormones and molecular mechanisms
Endocrine systems: steroids and molecular mechanisms
Hypothalamus, hypophysis and related hormones
Growth axis
Adrenal axis
Thyroid axis
Pancreas, its hormones and glucose metabolism
Mineral metabolism
Gonadal axis
Phyto-hormones and differences between animal and vegetal hormones
Phytosterols and therapeutic indications: cardiovascular diseases
Phytoestrogens: classification, biosynthesis, chemical and pharmacological properties
Phytoestrogens and therapeutic indications
Nutraceuticals, functional foods and xenobiotics
Teaching methods
Active lectures
Teaching Resources
Williams Textbook of Endocrinology¸ Melmed, Polonsky, Larsen, Kronenberg; Elsevier; ISBN 978-1-4377-0324-5
Greenspan & Strewler, Endocrinologia Generale e Clinica; Piccin; ISBN 88-299-1565-3
Metabolic diseases
Course syllabus
Metabolic biomarkers
Eating disorders
Hormones and pregnancy
Body composition evaluation
Molecular aspects of the obesity
Obesity, nutrition and genetics
Bone metabolism
Thyroid metabolism
Metabolism and aging
Teaching methods
Active lectures
Teaching Resources
Slides provided by the teacher
MED/13 - ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM - University credits: 4
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor: Giatti Silvia
Metabolic diseases
MED/05 - CLINICAL PATHOLOGY - University credits: 4
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor: Melcangi Cosimo