Research Design and Methods in Nutrition

Objectives

The students in this UC make contact with scientific method and the various options of experimental models. For this purpose, students must be able to: (1) identify and decide, according to the problem in question, what is the best experimental model to use in a particular study; (2) To know and work with any of the models, knowing the lab technics, ethics rules, the advantages but also the limitations of each model; (3) recognize a good scientific communication; (4) understand the scientific methodology as a tool of professional practice; (5) understand the results in a scientific communication with the criticism needed.

General characterization

Code

44009

Credits

4

Responsible teacher

Professor Doutor João Araújo

Hours

Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese

Prerequisites

 

Bibliography

·        Julie A. Lovegrove (Editor), Leanne Hodson (Editor), Sangita Sharma (Editor), Susan A.

·        Lanham-New (Editor). (2015). Wiley-Blackwell Nutrition Research Methodologies

·        Publicações cientificas atuais

Teaching method

The practical classes will combine the exposition of theoretical content with case presentation and problem solving. The evaluation consists in writing an essay (individually), which will evaluate the student's ability to present grounded answers to experimental study design after presenting a problem (100%).

Evaluation method

The evaluation consists in writing an essay (individually), which will evaluate the student's ability to present grounded answers to experimental study design after presenting a problem (100%).

Students with a grade equal or higher than 10 (0 - 20) values will be approved. There are two evaluation periods. The 2nd one will only occur if required by the students, and after agreement with the curricular unit responsible.

Subject matter

Module 1
The scientific method in Nutritional Sciences.
Animal models applied to research in nutrition (Rat, Mouse, or other) - requirements, advantages and disadvantages of these models. Animal models commonly used for various metabolic diseases: knockout animals, transgenic, obesity-diet induced/diabetes-diet induced, among others.
Cellular models in nutritional research.
Translation of nutritional research


Module 2
Presentation and discussion of LIC (Clinical Research Law): clinical studies of nutrition.
European regulations for nutritional and health claims.
Clinical studies in nutrition: leges artis. Special features of experimental design (intervention studies and observational studies).


Module 3
Ethical and deontological problems in these studies.
Trial registration. Documents required for the approval by the Ethics Committee.
Clinical studies and National Data Protection Commission.


Module 4
Scientific writing.
The dissemination of science.
The exercise of the profession based on the evidence.

Programs

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