99712 - Preclinical Research of Nutraceuticals

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Andrea Tarozzi (Modulo 1) Letizia Pruccoli (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Human Nutrition, Well-Being And Health (cod. 5812)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has an adequate knowledge on in vitro and in vivo experimental methods for the evaluation of functional and health effects of ingredients for food supplements and nutraceuticals.

Course contents

Module 1 - Prof. Andrea Tarozzi

Introduction to preclinical development of nutraceuticals. In vitro and in vivo models used in preclinical research. Identification and determination of the action mechanism of nutraceuticals. Evaluation of ADME (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion) and bioavailability of nutraceuticals.


Module 2 - Prof. Letizia Pruccoli

Laboratory experiences aimed at the in vitro evaluation of some health effects of plant ingredients for the nutraceutical market. The laboratory activities also include the preparation of a laboratory notebook with the activities carried out.


Slides of the lessons and handbook for the laboratory activities


Teaching methods

Lectures and laboratory activities

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools



Overhead projector

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Tarozzi

See the website of Letizia Pruccoli


Good health and well-being

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