75590 - Environmental Toxicology and Toxicological Chemistry

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  • Teacher Andrea Milelli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD BIO/14

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

After a short review about the history and scope of toxicology and toxicological chemistry, the definition and concept of toxic substances, the different types of toxic responses, the factors affecting toxic responses, during the course students will be introduced to the mechanistic aspects of the main toxic substances. Furthermore, an overview of different aspects playing a role in the field of environmental toxicology will be provided. Students are expected to gain a sound knowledge and understanding of important aspects of both environmental toxicology and toxicological chemistry, including: the concepts and terminology; kinetics of chemicals in the environment; sources and types of environmental pollutants; the interaction with the different biological targets and the mechanical aspects of the toxic compounds, the basic principles governing fate and effects of toxic substances on the homeostasis of biological systems and ecosystem processes and stability; the relevance of compound, ecosystem and organism characteristics for the consequences of environmental contamination; environmental biomonitoring; environmental risk assessment.

Course contents

) Introduction to inorganic and organic chemistry

2) Metabolic Processes

3) Metabolic Reactions of Xenobiotic Compounds

4) Environmental Biological Processes

5) Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicity

6) Toxic Elements

7) Toxic Inorganic Compounds

8) Toxic Organic Compounds

9) Toxic Natural Products

Teaching methods

Traditional. This course does not include laboratory training.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in an oral test aimed at assessing the student's understanding and knowledge of the topics set out during the course

Teaching tools

Slides are usually used to enhance clarity during courses.

Office hours

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