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School of Medicine
Course unit
MEN1036440, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
ME1857, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SCIENCE OF LABORATORY MEDICINE
Department of reference Department of Medicine
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

Teacher in charge LUISA BARZON MED/46
Other lecturers ANDREA CIGNARELLA BIO/14

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/14 Pharmacology 3.0
Core courses BIO/12 Clinical Biochemistry and Biology 2.0
Core courses MED/46 Laboratory Medicine Techniques 5.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 10.0 100 150.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry
Target skills and knowledge: After completing the course the student will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
Clinical biochemistry and clinical molecular biology.
Techniques of Pharmacology and Toxicology: fundamental concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and main applications of pharmacology and experimental toxicology, with special reference to the techniques used in TDM and preclinical and clinical trials of drugs.
Medicine techniques laboratory and automation, with particular reference to the innovative techniques of molecular diagnostics.
Examination methods: The exam consists of tests with open and multiple choice questions or an oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Level of knowledge on the topics of the course.
Course unit contents: Clinical biochemistry and clinical molecular biology:
The various stages of a laboratory analysis: pre-analytical, intra-analytical and post-analytical: guidelines, methods of control, quality control, analysis of results; evaluation of the accuracy, precision analytical, internal controls and external quality, total analytical error; reference intervals, threshold, sensitivity and diagnostic specificity, positive and negative predictive value, critical difference. Diagnostic applications: serum proteins, enzymes, tumor markers.

Medicine techniques and laboratory automation:
Principles and techniques of molecular diagnostics; techniques of nucleic acid amplification, nucleic acid hybridization techniques, nucleic acids sequencing techniques, diagnostic applications of molecular techniques.
Next generation sequencing technologies and their diagnostic applications.
Organization of clinical laboratory
Instrumentation, automation, robotics
The computer in the clinical laboratory

Techniques of pharmacology and toxicology:
Pharmacology: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics
Relations between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
Routes of administration of drugs
Bioavailability and absorption
Steady state, peak, and downstream concentrations
Interval (range) and therapeutic index
Definitions of TDM
TDM: major directions
Examples of drugs that may require a therapeutic monitoring
Analytical techniques for TDM
Drugs of abuse, tables of drugs and psychotropic
Preclinical testing of drugs
In vitro test
In vivo tests on animal models
Calculation of the main parameters of interest toxicological
Clinical trials of the drugs, clinical trials
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and laboratory exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teacher will provide the slides of the lectures. For further information bibliography and web bibliography reference will be provided.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Anna Valerio, QUADERNI DI BIOCHIMICA CLINICA. via Belzoni 118/3, Padova: CLEUP, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Maria Rosa Baiocchi, DISPENSE. via Belzoni 118/3, Padova: CLEUP, --.