Metabolic diseases

A.Y. 2021/2022
8
Max ECTS
64
Overall hours
SSD
MED/05 MED/13
Language
Italian
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

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the publich health situation.
If the situation and the indications will be similar to the academic year 2020/21:
Teaching methods:
The course will be blended. Thus, it is organized with face-to-face lessons (according to the calendar provided during the first lesson), on the Microsoft Teams platform following the official timetable and asynchronous, through recorded audio ppt. All the material (namely: lessons pdf, audio ppt and recordings of face-to-face lessons (as defined in the first lesson) as well as on platform) will be made available on the Ariel pages.
During the course, activities will be offered to attending students (also via platform). These activities (preparation of .ppt presentations or discussions on a proposed topic) will be evaluated and will be considered for the purpose of passing the exam. Non-attending students, or those who have not participated in these activities, will in any case be asked to read the material that the attending students will have used for the preparation of the activities and which will become part of the exam material. This material will be made available on the Ariel pages of the course.


Furthermore, the methods and criteria for participating in face-to-face lessons, which require a reservation with a special app, will be published in time on the Ariel pages of the course, as well as all the above material and notices relating to any related updates. the evolution of the legislation imposed by Covid-19.

REFERENCE MATERIALS:
The program and reference material will not change.

LEARNING VERIFICATION AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:
The exam will be in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or in presence, if allowed.
The exam will evaluate learning of the basic concepts of endocrinology, functioning of the major axes, pathological aspects treated during the course; the language property and the ability to organize the exposition in a complete way will be also evaluated. The evaluation will also take into account participation in the activities proposed during the course. The non-attending student will also be assessed on the material used for in-depth study in the classroom; this material will be made available on the Ariel page of the course.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledges in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are needed
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or in presence, if allowed.
The exam will evaluate learning of the basic concepts of endocrinology, functioning of the major axes, pathological aspects treated during the course; the language property and the ability to organize the exposition in a complete way will be also evaluated. The evaluation will take into account participation in the activities proposed during the course. In the case of non-attending students, topics to be deepen will be considered.
Hormones/phytohormones
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
Teaching methods
Front lectures, class workshop
Teaching Resources
PDF and supporting information provided by the teacher
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
Boscaro, Guida pratica di endocrinologia; Piccin; ISBN 978-88-299-2944-3
Metabolic diseases
Course syllabus
Metabolic biomarkers
Hormones and pregnancy
Body composition evaluation
Dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus
Obesity and its Molecular aspects
Eating disorders
Endocrine disruptors
Obesity, eating disorders, diabetes mellitus and pregnancy
Bone metabolism
Thyroid metabolism
Teaching methods
Front lectures, class workshop
Teaching Resources
PDF and supporting information provided by the teacher
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
Boscaro, Guida pratica di endocrinologia; Piccin; ISBN 978-88-299-2944-3
Hormones/phytohormones
MED/13 - ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM - University credits: 4
Lessons: 32 hours
Metabolic diseases
MED/05 - CLINICAL PATHOLOGY - University credits: 4
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor(s)