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

Nutritional Epigenomics: a bridge between DNA and disease  (Corso Elettivo)

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Name of lecturer
Simonetta Friso
Simonetta Friso
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1° semestre dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 10, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Main objectives of the teaching course:

After attending the teaching course the student will know:
1) basic knowledge on epigenetics and mechanisms of gene-nutrient interactions affecting epigenetics;
2) main mechanisms through which some nutrients may alter gene expression by modifying epigenetic phenomena;
3) relationships between genes and nutrients and epigenetic mechanisms in major diseases;
4) main strategies on how to approach disease prevention by way of modifying gene expression mechanisms through epigenetics using a correct nutritional approach.


I) October, 28th 2019 (“Introduction to Epigenetics”)
II) November, 4th 2019 (“Effects of nutrients on DNA methylation and histone modifications”)
III) November, 18th 2019 (“Gene-nutrients interactions and epigenetics: models from major chronic diseases”)
IV) November, 26th 2019 (“Methods of approach to the study of epigenetics and epigenomics ”)
Schedule: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Room for the October 28th 2019 class: Aula Magna Giorgio De Sandre, Lente Didattica.
Room for the November 4th, 18th classes will be at: Aula E Lente Didattica Policlinico Borgo Roma
Room for the November 26th class: Aula F Lente Didattica Policlinico Borgo Roma
Maximum number of students accepted for the course: 30
The course is thought for students of the fifth and sixth year of Medical School or last two years of other courses such as, for instance, Agroindustrial Biotechnology, Agri-Food Biotechnologies, Medical Biotechnology.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Sang-Woon Choi, Simonetta Friso Nutrient-Gene Interactions in Cancer (Edizione 1) CRC Press,Taylor and Francis Group 2006 9780849332296
Sang-Woon Choi and Simonetta Friso Nutrients and Epigenetics (Edizione 1) CRC Press,Taylor and Francis Group 2009 9781420063547

Assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation of idoneity based on tests performed during the teaching course

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