A.A. di erogazione 2020/2021
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Laurea Magistrale in BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
 (A.A. 2019/2020)
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Primo Semestre
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Lezione (32 ore)

The purpose of this course is to provide essential bases about principles of nutraceutics and proactive medicine, with particular attention on cancer chemoprevention. The course focuses on concepts, methods, issues and applications related to these topics.
The student will be provided with theoretical information, along with practical and applicative details, at the basis of the activity of some nutraceuticals used in cancer chemoprevention and treatment and in other pathologies.
This knowledge completes the training of a Biomedical Sciences student, with solid and up-to-date skills in the fundamental sectors of life sciences, also based on knowledge acquired both in the biomolecular, health and biotechnological fields.
Risultati di apprendimento
Specifically, at the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Describe the main extraction methods of active principles from plants
2. Describe the characteristics of some plants used as nutraceuticals for cancer chemoprevention and treatment.
3. Understand and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a proactive approach to a number of common pathologies, with particular attention to the use of nutraceuticals.
4. Indipendently present a scientific work (journal club) about the use of a nutraceutical, also discussing methods, results and possible applications.

Students must possess basic notions of cellular and molecular biology and pharmacology.

In particular, teaching activity concerns the following topics:
• Nutraceuticals: nomenclature, watchful medicine vs proactive medicine; nutraceuticals sources; extraction from plants, methods of analysis, preclinical research;
• Use of nutraceuticals in cancer chemoprevention
• Nutraceutics in other pathologies: metabolic syndrome, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, type II diabetes, migraine, Parkinson's and Alzeimher's disease, cancer chemoprevention, inflammation.
• Seminars on specific topics and journal club

Students will gain experience through teaching lessons, critical evaluation of literature, group discussions and journal club.
Teaching activity includes:
• Lectures and discussion of scientific articles on the use of nutraceuticals.
• Seminars on specific topics with expert in the field

Exam session are scheduled in the number planned by the Master Degree Course. Learning is verified by an oral presentation on specific topics (journal club) and a written exam on the course topics.
The criteria that will be adopted to evaluate the student are based on the adequacy of the answers to the questions asked and on the correct use of scientific terminology in the presentation of the topics. The final grade, expressed in thirtieths, will be determined by the sum of the score obtained for the journal club presentation (up to 3 points) and the written exam score (up to 28).

The teaching material for the lectures of this course is periodically updated and consists of slides that are presented in class by the teacher and scientific articles relating to the topics covered in class.
The teaching material is available on the e-learning platform.

Professor Marzia Gariboldi is available for meetings with students for further information about the topics covered, by appointment via e-mail (

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A.A. 2020/2021

Anno di corso: 2
Curriculum: Basic and applied biomedical sciences