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27004 Health, Diseases and Technology

Danish title:

Sundhed, sygdom og teknologi


Point( ECTS )


Course type:



E5A (Wed 8-12) and January


Campus Lyngby

Scope and form:

Lectures and projects

Duration of Course:

13 weeks + 3 weeks

Date of examination:

Special day, The last day of the 3 week period

Type of assessment:

Exam duration:



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.

Learning objectives:

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 development.
  • Describe the meaning of the term “functional food” and the main groups of functional foods that are available on the international markets.
  • 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 effect.
  • Write a small report based on scientific sources.
  • Use basic techniques for mediating creative processes.


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 and discussed.


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 http://www.groendyst.dtu.dk/english


Lars Hellgren , Building 224, Ph. (+45) 4525 2759 , lih@bio.dtu.dk


27 Department of Systems Biology

Department involved:

28 Department of Chemical Engineering

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Last updated: 05. maj, 2014