Molecular and Clinical Diabetology


•          define and classify diabetes according to the underlying pathophysiological mechanism

•          know and understand the acute and chronic diabetes complications

•          understand the mechanisms of action of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies (diet and physical activity) and integrate them with the knowledge from the physiological changes to the existing therapies recommendations

•          know the characteristics of the model of chronic disease (diabetes)

•          collect clinical history of people with diabetes and evaluate the presence of late complications

•          discuss alternative therapies

•          negotiate with the person with diabetes a treatment plan

•          discuss models of organization of health care in diabetes

•          understand the importance of an integrated multidisciplinary approach and the different roles of the other professionals in the process of care of people with diabetes

•         know the current lines of ongoing research and its interrelation with clinical data

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor João Raposo


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





•         Textbook of Diabetes, Richard IG Holt , Clive Cockram , Allan Flyvbjerg , Barry J. Goldstein , Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

•         Diabet Med 2010 Aug, 27 (8): 879-81 First diabetes prevalence study in Portugal: PREVADIAB study. Gardete-Correia L , Boavida JM , Raposo JF , AC Mesquita , Fona C , Carvalho R , Massano-Cardoso S

•         STANDARDS OF MEDICAL CARE IN DIABETES—2018, American Diabetes Association

•         Micro-site da Direção Geral da Saúde do Programa Nacional para a Diabetes:

Teaching method

Practical classes for case presentations or problem oriented presentations with initial and final discussion will be used.

Observation of individual consultations in adults and pediatric diabetology environment will be a part of the course according to availability and/or individual preferences. All the contents are organized in the resolution of clinical cases that allow placement of diagnostic hypotheses, therapeutic choices and discussing prognosis always making the link between basic science and clinical application and its transposition into Public Health.

Each student will have to follow one person with diabetes, analyzing its clinical situation and promoting compensation and adherence to therapy.

In the remaining time, active methodologies will be used: group work, simulations ("role-play").

The aspects of communication and exchange of experiences among the clinic staff and the research team will be valued.

Evaluation method

The assessment of this course will be carried out continuously and will take into account - continuous assessment of students (25% of total assessment) and a final report writing stage that includes all the presented tasks and works (75% of total assessment).

Subject matter

•Classification and diagnosis of diabetes
•Diabetes and Public Health
       Non-communicable diseases
       Incidence and Prevalence of Diabetes in the world and Portugal
       Levels of Prevention in Diabetes. Screening
       National Program for Diabetes
       Organization of Health Care in Diabetes

•Molecular mechanisms of diabetes and its integration with clinical diabetes
•Diabetes and macro/micro vascular disease
•Prevention and Control of Diabetes and its molecular basis:
       Nutrition in Diabetes
       Physical activity
       Pharmacological therapeutic approaches

•Therapeutic Education in Diabetes
       The person with chronic disease: physician / patient relationship
       Education: group vs individual consultations
       Pedagogical tools. New technologies and diabetes
       Motivational interviewing


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