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In Utero Programming of Adult Metabolism and Disease
March 26 - 30
Coordinators: Paulo Oliveira & João Ramalho-Santos

Contacts: pauloliv@ci.uc.pt / jramalho@ci.uc.pt
In Utero Programming of Adult Metabolism and Disease

Paulo J. Oliveira & João Ramalho-Santos

Monday, March 26
10:00-10:15 – Course Introduction and assignments
10:15-11:15 -  What is metabolism? John Jones (CNC, University of Coimbra)
11:15-12:15 - Mitochondria, metabolism, and disease, Paulo J. Oliveira (CNC, University of Coimbra)
14:00-15:00 - Maternal diet and metabolic programming of the offspring: focus on macronutrients and xenobiotics, Elisa Keating (University of Porto)
15:00-16:00 - Maternal diet and metabolic programming of the offspring: focus on micronutrients, Elisa Keating (University of Porto)

Tuesday, March 27
10:00 – 11:00 – Physical Activity During Pregnancy and Consequences for the Offspring, José Magalhães/António Ascensão (University of Porto, Portugal)
11:00 – 12:00 - Maternal Obesity and Offspring Effects, David Rizo (University of Porto, Portugal)
14:00 – 15:00 – In utero programming of osteoporosis, Vilma Sardão (CNC, University of Coimbra)

Wednesday, March 28
10:00 – 11:00 - Over-feeding during pregnancy: a burden for the descendants? Susana Pereira (CNC, University of Coimbra)
11:00 – 12:00 – CNC Seminar: Non-genomic sperm contributions towards embryo development, David Miller (University of Leeds, UK)
14:00 – 15:00 - Effects of diet on mammalian sperm, Alessandra Ferramosca (University of Salento, Italy)
15:00 – 16:00 - Course Wrap-Up, Joao Ramalho-Santos (CNC, University of Coimbra)

Thursday, March 29

10:00 – 12:30 – Students’ presentations I
14:00 – 16:00 – Students’ presentation II

Dear Students:

For the Course evaluation, we propose you a very challenging task.
In groups of 4 students (defined by a draft), you need to create a fictitious grant application focusing on any topic covered in this course and defend your proposal in a 15 minute oral presentation. The presentation can be supported by any visual means (e.g. Powerpoint) and must be focused on two main issues: solid fundamental research, but with a clear potential for a commercial application (business idea).

Besides the fundamental research aims, objectives and methodologies, other aspects to be covered can include:
a) Timeline for experimental research and value transfer
b) Budget needed in the different stages
c)  Science outreach activities
d) Background of team (if you need to recruit people with different expertise, for example)

All group members must present and answer to questions.


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