85368 - Physiology of Aging and Longevity

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SDGs

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

Zero hunger Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course the student acquires knowledges about: - the physiological basis of aging and longevity; - the functional transformations occurring during the process of ageing of the nervous, endocrine, reproductive, immune, muscle-skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems; - the factors that may lead to slowing down the process of ageing, enhancing the quality of life, and promoting longevity

Course contents

Physiological basis of aging and longevity.

Elements of human physiology and functional transformations occurring during the process of ageing in the nervous, endocrine, reproductive, immune, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems.

Physiological mechanisms underlying the factors that may slow down the process of aging, enhance the quality of life and promote longevity: nutrition, physical activity, cognitive functions and social interactions.

Readings/Bibliography

- Biology of aging, second edition, Roger B. McDonald. Garland Science, 2019.

- Anatomy & Physiology, J. Gordon Betts et al.. OpenStax, Rice University (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.), 2017. Can be downloaded for free at https://openstax.org/details/books/anatomy-and-physiology.

- Articles and other materials provided in the classroom.

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons

Assessment methods

Oral exam.

I recommend taking the "Biology of Longevity and Healthy Lifestyles" exam before the "Physiology of Aging and Longevity" exam. However, it is not mandatory to take the two exams in this sequence.

Teaching tools

Projector and pc

Office hours

See the website of Giorgio Aicardi