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|
|The last day of the 3 week period|
Type of assessment:
General course objectives:
The main objectives are: I) To give the students a basic
understanding of the biological background of life-style related
diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, as well as
the strategy for treatment of these diseases. II) To give the
students a basic understanding of the background for genetic
diseases, such as cystic fibrosis. III) To introduce the students
to the steps involved in the development of medicine or functional
foods products for treatment of diseases of affluence. IV) To
introduce the students to the importance of the microbiota for the
individuals health, and how this knowledge can be applied in
developing innovative treatments strategies, and how microbial
organisms can be identified and characterized V) To introduce the
students to process-development of enzymatically catalysed
processes for production of active components for functional food.
During the course, techniques used to initiate and mediate creative
processes, as well as how to find and read scientific literature,
will be introduced.
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- In general terms describe the processes in development of
atherosclerosis and type-2 diabetes, list the most important
risk-factors and describe potential strategies for prevention of
- Describe the content and purpose of the different steps in
development of a new pharmaceutical product.
- Describe the meaning of the term “functional food” and the main
groups of functional foods that are available on the international
markets, as well as formulate health-claims in accordance with
scientific evidence and applicable law.
- Compare the development of a functional food product with a
pharmaceutical product, focusing on the requirements on
documentation required by the public authorities.
- In general terms, explain the importance of the microbiota for
a person's health, hereunder explain the terms prebiotics,
probiotics and bacterophage therapy.
- Exemplify how microbial organisms can be identified and
- Apply knowledge on gene-transcritpion to interpretation how
specific point-mutations will affect gene-transcription, and how
this can lead to inherited diseases.
- Write a report based on scientific references.
- To construct a typical flow-sheet for an enzyme-catalyzed
production process of a plant-based food component with prebiotic
- Use basic techniques for mediating creative processes.
- Search for and use the scientific literature.
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 atherosclerosis, strategies in the
development of medicine or functional food products for the
treatment of atherosclerosis. Based on these cases will the
processes in functional food - and drug-development be introduced
and discussed. The role of the microbiota in maintaining health is
especially emphasized. as well as how this knowledge can be used to
develop new therapeutic strategies.
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:
This course gives the student an opportunity to prepare a project
that may participate in DTU's Study Conference on
sustainability, climate technology, and the environment (GRØN
DYST). More information
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Department of Chemical Engineering
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Last updated: 17. juli, 2015