Master course Nutritional Science

Lecture Specific physiology and pathophysiology of nutrition

The lecture Specific physiology and pathophysiology of nutrition discusses different influencing factors of nutrition on the function of different organ systems of humans. The following knowledge will be provided: Influence of the kidney function on the vitamin metabolism, significance of the gastrointestinal microbiota on the energy metabolism and the immune function, physiological special features of lactation as well as nutrition problems and solution approaches in tropical and subtropical countries. 

Module Course practical training

The module Course practical training consists of a 14 day full-time practical training in the subjects Biochemistry of Nutrition, Nutrition Toxicology, Food Chemistry as well as Physiology and Pathophysiology of Nutrition.

The department for Physiology and Pathophysiology of Nutrition will conduct the following experiments:  

  • Analysis of vitamin A and lipid absorption and metabolism including:
  • Separation of lipoproteins by ultracentrifucation
  • Quantification of serum triacylglycerides and cholesterol by enzymatic assays
  • Quantification of vitamin A by HPLC
  • Quantification of retinol-binding protein by ELISA
  • Immunohistology
  • Evaluation of kidney function including the analysis of urinary protein patterns by SDS-PAGE