85366 - Biology of Longevity and Healthy Lifestyles

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  • Teacher Antonello Lorenzini

  • Credits 3

  • SSD BIO/10

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English


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

Zero hunger Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to: - understand the biochemical pathways underpinning the process of ageing; - describe the possible life-style changes to postpone aging and 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

- Aging theories: antagonistic and integrative hallmarks

- Comparative biology of longevity

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

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

- 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