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Module code:BIOC3012(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Prof K Srai
Organiser's location:Room G16 Darwin Building UCL
Available for students in Year(s):3,
Module prerequisites:Students wishing to take this module are strongly encouraged to have: EITHER (1) a strong biochemistry background/iBSc background OR (2) a 2.1 or higher average in Year 2 AND must have taken and achieved a 2.1 or higher in a cell biology-related course or a course in genetic or physiological systems. This module cannot accommodate more than 60 students. Should the module size exceed 60, the criteria outlined above will become mandatory for confirmation of enrolment on BIOC3012. 
Module outline: 
Module aims:The aim of this course is to explore molecular aspects of nutrition, metabolism and endocrinology which are of great practical significance to maintenance of a healthy population both in the UK and elsewhere. We begin by investigating the role of vitamins, a subject that has returned to centre stage in terms of health in which fact and fiction will be clearly separated. The current epidemic of obesity and diabetes will be explored and also the lesser understood metabolic syndrome which affects a very high percentage of our population. For the first time we introduce new key topics such as protein energy malnutrition and nutrient -gene interactions. The importance of iron and trace metals will be presented at a molecular level. A new hormone, ghrelin, will be presented for the first time in the course and also details of growth hormone secretagogues. As in the past, we will deal with steroid hormones and congenital hyperplasia as an example of dysfunction. The subject of osteoporosis is of increasing importance to the health of the elderly and will be explained in full. 
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Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 70.00%.
Coursework 30.00%. 
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