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

Pediatric andrology and fertility potential  (Corso Elettivo)

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Name of lecturers
Nicola Zampieri, Ilaria Dando
Nicola Zampieri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
2° semestre dal Feb 22, 2021 al May 28, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Andrology is the medical specialty dealing with men’s health and reproductive system from birth to adulthood, this including genital, hormonal, reproductive, sexual as well as psychological aspects
Estimates report that about one in three males suffers from andrological diseases, their rates varying according to the age: 27-30% of pediatric male subjects have reproductive and/or sexual conditions, especially cryptorchidism, varicocele, hypogonadism, obesity, congenital anomalies of the genitourinary tract and sexually transmitted diseases; in adulthood, 40% of men are affected by andrological diseases, in particular infertility and sexual problems.
The origin of many of the andrological conditions appearing during adulthood is to be traced before the age of 18 years and sometimes even during gestation. The male gonad is extremely sensitive to external events even during gestation and soon after childbirth up until puberty.
The aim of this course is to show all Pediatric Andrological disease affecting fertility potential
The course also includes an in-depth biochemical analysis of the signal transduction pathways activated by the interaction of gonadotropins with the specific receptors expressed by testicular cells and a description of the analysis of these mechanisms in cells treated in culture.


Coure activity is divided into two main aspects:
Lessons: 4 hours
Clinical practice 4 hours: operative room and outpatient clinics
clinical practice 2 hours: biochemical laboratory view

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Eberhard Nieshlag Andrology Springer 2010 978-3-540-78354-1
Davor Ježek Atlas on the Human Testis Springer 2013 978-1-4471-2762-8
Martin H. Johnson Essential Reproduction 2007 978-1-4051-1866-8
Michael D. Griswold Sertoli Cell Biology Elsevier 2015 978-0-12-417047-6

Assessment methods and criteria

final evaluation/examination:
write a short report and F.A.Q. about topic of your choice and discuss it

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