85366 - Biology of Longevity and Healthy Lifestyles

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Wellness, Sport and Health (cod. 5813)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows: - the biochemical pathways underpinning the process of aging; - lifestyles capable of postponing aging and preventing the main age-related diseases.

Course contents

- What is the meaning of aging, senescence and longevity? Why we age? Does everything age? What is truly immortal? Do immortal organisms exist? Aging theories: primary hallmarks and antagonistic and integrative hallmarks. Comparative biology of longevity.

- A new science: quantifying life style impact on life span

- How much should we weigh for a long and healthy life span? Basic research on caloric restriction versus epidemiological data on body mass index. Role of correct nutrition for a healthy life span

- Role of physical activity and cognitive functions for a healthy life span. A look at the future: will humans become immortal?


- Biology of Aging, Roger B. McDonald, Second edition, 2019 CRC Press

ISBN 9780815345671

- Articles and other materials provided in the classroom

Teaching methods

Frontal tuitions

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Antonello Lorenzini


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.