cod. 21943

Academic year 2015/16
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Patologia generale (MED/04)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
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course unit
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Learning objectives

As part of the integrated course, the course aims to provide the knowledge necessary for the understanding of disease processes from a molecular and cellular point of view. The knowledge gained will enable students to correlate molecular alterations with microscopic and macroscopic alterations observable in cells, tissues and organs, in order to fully understand the pathogenesis of the disease. Bibliographical references may be used to acquire independent judgment, communication skills and learning ability, which can be demonstrated during the examination.


It is advised to have supported the examinations of the previous year

Course unit content

The course will concern on the following content:
- Inflammation
- Immunity
- Neoplasms
- Diabetes
- Haemostasis and its alterations

Full programme

Damage and cell death

Signs and phenomena of the acute inflammation
Inflammatory exudates
Chemical inflammatory mediators
Chronic inflammation

Differences between benign and malignant tumors
Molecular bases of the neoplasie

Haemostasis and its alteration
Thrombosis and ischemia
Defects in hemostasis

Innate and acquired immunity


Mutations and inheritance
Mitochondrial diseases


One text chosen between the following:
- 1. Spector e Axford, Introduzione alla Patologia Generale, CEA
- 2. Woolf, Patologia Generale – Meccanismi della malattia, Idelson-Gnocchi
- 3. Caruso e Licastro – Compendio di Patologia Generale. Casa Ed. ambrosiana
- 4. Pontieri, Patologia e fisiopatologia generale Ed. Piccin

Teaching methods

The course will be conducted through interactive lectures in front of the students, with the aid of illustrative material collected in PowerPoint files that, at the end of the course, will be made available to students.
During the lectures the main concepts of each topic will be exposed, encouraging students to ask questions on the basis of references that will be provided.

Assessment methods and criteria

Verification tests in progress will not be carried out.
Final assessment will be carried out through oral examination.
Each student will be asked two questions on topics listed in the extended program. The inability to answer a question (or at least ascertained inability to provide a correct definition of the pathological phenomenon subject of the application) will result in not passing the exam.

At the end of the answer the teacher will formulate a judgment given in brackets:
A. Excellent knowledge and understanding of the topic. High capacity for applying knowledge in bio-medical problems. Vote of thirty: 30.
B. Good knowledge and understanding of the topic. Good ability to apply knowledge in bio-medical problems. Vote of thirty: 27-29.
C. Good knowledge and understanding of the topic. Demonstrated ability to apply the knowledge in bio-medical problems. Vote of thirty: 24-26.
D. Knowledge and understanding of the fully sufficient. Fair ability to apply the knowledge in bio-medical problems. Vote of thirty: 21-23.
E. Knowledge and understanding of the subject just enough with obvious gaps. Poor ability to apply knowledge in bio-medical problems. Vote of thirty: 18-20.
Laud will be proposed for the demonstration of independence of judgment, high communication skills and ability to learn independently.

The vote will be decided by mutual agreement between the two teachers, with the possibility to deviate by a maximum of two points of the average of the individual assessments.

Other information

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