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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[50/23]  FOOD AND NUTRITION SCIENCES [23/20 - Ord. 2017]  NUTRIZIONE 6 48


KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: The main goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive knowledge on: the pharmacokinetic mechanisms involved in the gastrointestinal absorption of substances contained in food, the main pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions between drugs and food, the major disorders of feeding behavior, the role of food on the incidence and prevention of metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders, the pharmacological treatment of the major feeding behavior, metabolic, and gastrointestinal disorders.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Students will achieve skills in methodological applications useful for a proper understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms related to the presence of specific substances in food of plant and animal origin in order to implement appropriate prevention measures. Students will be able to inform and educate institutional practitioners and the general population about the principles of a correct alimentation and be familiar with the scientific methods of investigation.
MAKING JUDGEMENTS: Evaluation and interpretation of scientific data.
COMMUNICATION: Students will achieve the ability to explain concepts and data drawn from scientific publications and relate to other health professionals and users of the food industry.
LEARNING SKILLS: Students will be able to perform autonomous consultations of databases, publications and information sources accredited at national and international level.


Basic concepts of biochemistry, food chemistry, physiology, and pathology


- Neurohormonal control of feeding behavior
- Pathophysiology and therapy of bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa
- Absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs and nutrients
- Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions between drugs and nutrients
- Vitamines and antioxidants
- Therapy of dyslipidemias
- Therapy of diabetes
- Therapy of obesity
- Therapy of gout
- Therapy of osteoporosis
- Therapy of celiac disease
- Therapy of lactose intollerance
- Therapy of the irritable bowel syndrome
- Therapy of the inflammatory bowel disease

Teaching Methods

The course consists of lectures (48 h over 11 weeks) involving the use of presentations in PowerPoint format.
The teaching will be delivered simultaneously both in presence and online, thus outlining a mixed teaching that can be enjoyed in university classrooms but at the same time also at a distance. At the beginning of the semester, the student will opt for face-to-face or distance teaching, the choice will be binding for the entire semester. If the number of students exceeds the capacity of the classrooms, determined on the basis of government provisions on health matters for the purpose of combating the pandemic by Covid-19, access to teaching facilities will be regulated through a shift system that will be communicated in due time to interested students.

Verification of learning

The modality of the final exam will be defined depending on the provisions aimed at containing the pandemic. The student will discuss several topics proposed by the teacher, using, where necessary, schemes / graphic representations. Knowledge of the topics of the course, the ability to link between different topics, the expressive capacity, the use of appropriate terminology, the ability to synthesize concepts will be evaluated.
The final grade takes into account several factors:
Quality of the knowledge, skills and competences:
a) appropriateness, accuracy and consistency of knowledge
b) appropriateness, accuracy and consistency of skills
c) appropriateness, accuracy and consistency of competences
Exposition mode:
a) Capacity of expression;
b) Proper use of the specific language of the discipline;
c) Logical capacity and consequentiality in the fitting of the contents;
e) Ability to connect different arguments by finding the common points and establish a consistent overall design, ie taking care of structure, organization and logical connections of speech exposition;
f) Ability to summarize.
Relational qualities:
Capability to interact with the teacher during the interview.
Personal qualities:
a) critical capability;
b) ability to self-evaluation.
Consequently, the judgment can be:
a) Fair (18 to 20/30)
The candidate demonstrates little knowledge acquired, superficial level, many gaps. Expressive abilities modest, but still sufficient to support a coherent dialogue; logical capacity and consequentiality in the fitting of the subjects at elementary level; poor capacity for synthesis, lack of interaction with the teacher during the interview.
b) Moderate (21 to 23)
The applicant demonstrates a discreet acquisition of knowledge but lack of depth, with a few gaps; expressive abilities more than sufficient to support a coherent dialogue; acceptable mastery of the language of science, logical capacity and consequentiality in the fitting of the arguments of moderate complexity, more than enough capacity for synthesis and the ability to graphic expression acceptable.
c) Good (24 to 26)
The candidate demonstrates a rather large knowledge, moderate depth, with small gaps; satisfactory mastery of the expressive capabilities and significant scientific language; dialogical ability and critical thinking well detectable, good capacity for synthesis and ability to graphic expression more than acceptable.
d) Outstanding (27 to 29)
The candidate demonstrates a very extensive knowledge, well depth, with marginal gaps; remarkable powers of expression and high mastery of scientific language; remarkable capacity of dialogue, good competence and relevant aptitude for logic synthesis, high capacity for synthesis and graphic expression.
e) Excellent (30)
The candidate demonstrates a very extensive and in-depth knowledge, gaps irrelevant, high capacity and high mastery of the expressive language of science; excellent capacity of dialogue,aptitude to make connections between different subjects, excellent ability to synthesize and very familiar with the expression graphics.
The praise is attributed to the candidates clearly above average, and whose notional, expressive, conceptual, and logical limits, if any, as a whole are completely irrelevant.


Farmacologia e Nutrizione. C. Galli, E. Gatti, G. Tomassi, F. Visioli. UTET (2001)
Alimentazione e Nutrizione Umana. A. Mariani Costantini, C. Cannella, G. Tomassi. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore (2006)
Nutrizione e dietologia. Aspetti clinici dell'alimentazione (a cura di Gianfranco Liguri).
Gli autori: Sara Biagioni, Alessandro Casini, Calogero Lino Cirami, Riccardo Ciuti, Giovanni Delfino, Francesco Di Pierre, Carla Dini, Maria Alice Donati, Stefano Giannini, Gianfranco Liguri, Donatella Lippi, Carolina Lo Sauro, Mario Lombardi, Giorgio Mello, Pietro Amedeo Modesti, Serena Ottanelli, Daniele Pacini, Vittorio Pavoni, Rita Pecorari, Valdo Ricca, Carlo Maria Rotella, Salvatore Seminara, Francesco Sofi, Stefano Stagi.

More Information

The students will have free access to all the slides (in PowerPoint format) used during the lectures, as well as self-evaluation questions and additional didactic material.
How to register: in order to take the oral exam the students must register using the ESSE3 platform not later than the day before the date of the examination.
For information (time, room, etc.) call the following number: 070 675 8631.

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