15 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: Acceptance to MMedSci/Diploma course

Aims/Description: This module will take students through the major physiological processes occurring through life, as they relate to and are influenced by nutrition, beginning with the embryo, growing fetus, physiological adaptations of pregnancy and lactation. Then a series of lectures on growth and development of the body as a whole and specifically of the gastrointestinal tract. The focus will then shift to the adult and the basics of the core of nutritional physiology, the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure in resting and exercising. Included in the module is the response to food, eating behaviour, physiological regulation and seminars and case discussions on obesity, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Staff Contact: Dr Liz Williams
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (The Medical School):

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