Environmental toxicology

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Students will acquire knowledge on the most important mechanisms at the basis of the toxicity of xenobiotics and environmental pollutants on humans and on the environment. Additionally, some local and global environmental disasters and their mid- and long-term consequences will be analyzed
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge on the most common causes of environmental pollution and of their consequences on humans, animals and the environment. Detailed analysis of some of the most important classes of environmental pollutants. Students will also develop the ability to critically analyze data in scientific literature and mass media on some of the most important global environmental catastrophes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Based on the pandemic condition, telematic lessons will be an option.
Course syllabus
1. General Introduction to Environmental Toxicology;
2. Methods to assess pollution;
3. Assessment of the risk associated with exposures and monitoring;
4. Toxicity of chemical agents;
5. Toxicity of physical agents;
6. Environmental pollutants;
7. food related pollutants;
8. stress as toxicity factor;
9. toxicity agents during pregnancy;
10. exposure to chemical agents in pregnancy and effects on the Neurodevelopment of the offspring with long term consequences on the brain and the body;
11. air pollution exposure during the first years of life and long term consequences on the health of the babies.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is planned to students at the third year and it is expected that the student has basic knowledge on environmental chemistry.
Teaching methods
In person lessons or telematic lessons (based on the condition) and interactive activities where scientific papers will be discussed
Teaching Resources
All the slides and papers will be provided to the students on the Ariel website.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The learning assessment will be performed by oral examination of the program and it will be also integrated with a presentation and discussion of a scientific article discussed during the lessons.
BIO/14 - PHARMACOLOGY - University credits: 4
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor: Cattaneo Annamaria
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