cod. 21339

Academic year 2012/13
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
31 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The course aims at facilitating the comprehension of the main mechanisms characterizing the hormonal regulation of the body homeostasis. Besides the general features of the endocrine function such as hormone-receptor reaction, negative feedback, synthesis-storage-secretion-transport of the hormones, a few examples are presented of the neuroendocrine axis organization (e.g.: hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical, hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal). Moreover, the complex handling of the organism efficiency operated by the endocrine system will be illustrated showing the adaptive capacity in different environmental stress conditions


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Course unit content

General overview on the endocrine system


Posterior pituitary (vasopressin and oxitocin)

Anterior pituitary (growth hormone, prolactin, corticotropin, tiroptropin, follicule stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone)

Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis (CRH, ACTH, corticosteroids)

Sympathetic - adrenomedullary system (catecholamines)

Neuroendocrinology of stress response

Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (GnRH, FSH, LH, sex steroids)

Endocrinology of reproductive function

Hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis

Endocrine pancreas

Full programme

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- P.R. Larsen, et al. Williams textbook of Endocrinology. Saunders Co. 2003

Teaching methods

Traditional frontal lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination

Other information

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