Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Metabolism and nutrition from infancy to adolescence  (Corso Elettivo)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Claudio Maffeis
Claudio Maffeis
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Corsi elettivi 1° semestre dal Oct 12, 2015 al Dec 18, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Corsi elettivi 1° semestre

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Learning outcomes

Basal knowledge of growth physiology, body composition, and energy and nutrient metabolism from conception to adolescence.

Basal knowledge of infant nutrition and of the main nutritional disorders of children and adolescents


Metabolism and nutrition from infancy to adolescence

1. Fetal and infact growth: regulation mechanisms. Body composition: from conception to adulthood. Metabolic programming.

2. Energy requirement of infants, children and adolescents: components, methods of measurement, predictors.

3. Organs and metabolic regulations: anatomy and function.

4. Breast milk and infant formula: evidences and myths - theory and exercises.

5. Weaning: theory and exercises.

6. Obesity and thinness: –definition, etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Agosti M, et al. Manuale di nutrizione in età evolutiva (Edizione 1) Cuzzolin s.r.l. 2016 978-88-87479-97-3

Assessment methods and criteria

Eligibility on the basis of attendance

Date and time: December 2015; date will be announced

Place: UOC Pediatria ad Indirizzo Diabetologico e Malattie del Metabolismo – Padiglione 3 B.Trento

For students at 5 and 6 year.


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