27004 Health, Diseases and Technology
|Sundhed, sygdom og teknologi|
Point( ECTS )
|E5A (wed 8-12) and January
Scope and form:
|Lectures and projects|
Duration of Course:
|13 weeks + 3 weeks|
|Special day, The last day of the 3 week
Type of assessment:
General course objectives:
The main objectives are: I) To give the students a general
understanding of the importance of the diseases of affluence,
including the impact on public health and economy as well as the
lifestyle factors that affect the risk of developing these
diseases. To give a basic understanding of the biological
background of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and the strategy
in treatment of these diseases. II) To introduce the students to
the steps involved in the development of medicine or functional
foods products for treatment of diseases of affluence. III) To
introduce the students to process-development of enzymatically
catalyzed processes for production of active components for
functional food. During the course, techniques used to initiate and
mediate creative processes will be introduced.
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- In general terms describe the development process of
atherosclerosis, list the most important risk-factors and describe
potential strategies for prevention of the disease.
- Define diabetes and in general terms describe the development
of the disease as well as strategies to prevent its
- Describe the meaning of the term “functional food” and the main
groups of functional foods that are available on the international
- Explain the concept probiotics and prebiotics and account for
their potential health benefits.
- Suggest how a functional food product targeted at preventing
atherosclerosis or glucose-intolerance (pre-state of diabetes)
should be composed, and, in general terms, describe the strategy
for the development of such a product.
- Formulate health directions for food based on scientific
evidence and applicable law.
- Describe the content and purpose of the different steps in
development of a new pharmaceutical product.
- Describe the development of a functional food product with a
pharmaceutical product, focusing on the requirements on
documentation from the public authorities.
- To construct a typical flow-sheet for an enzyme-catalyzed
production process of a plant-based food component with prebiotic
- Write a small report based on scientific sources.
- Use basic techniques for mediating creative
The course concerns diseases of affluence with special emphasis on
cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. The teaching is based on
three products used in the treatment of these diseases, two
pharmaceutical products and one functional food product. Using
these three cases the following areas will be discussed: Diseases
of affluence and their importance for public health and economy,
factors affecting the risk of developing diseases of affluence, the
biology and treatment of arteriosclerosis, strategies in the
development of medicine or functional food products for the
treatment of arteriosclerosis. Based on these cases will the
processes in functional food - and drug-development be introduced
The course is compulsory for students on the bachelor program in
Human Life Science Engineering, and is only offered to students
accepted for this program.
Green challenge participation:
Please contact the teacher for information on whether this course
gives the student the opportunity to prepare a project that may
participate in DTU´s Study Conference on sustainability, climate
technology, and the environment (GRØN DYST). More infor
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Department of Chemical Engineering
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Last updated: 05. maj, 2014