MEDICAL GENETICS

MEDICAL GENETICS

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Code
66686
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
3 credits during the 2nd year of 9015 Molecular and health biology (LM-6) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
MED/03
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Molecular and health biology)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This Course is aimed at providing knowledge and competences on the genetic bases and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of hereditary diseases in humans. Methodological aspects with diagnostic and research purposes related to the identification of disease genes and variants/mutations will be also discussed.

AIMS AND CONTENT

PREREQUISITES

Knowledge of the main topics of Genetics and Biology.

Teaching methods

Taught classes. Frequency is recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The study of human chromosomes: stucture, function, common anomalies. Conventional and molecular cytogenetics.

Pattern of inheritance of mendelian characters and diseases in humans.

Extensions of mendelian inheritance.

Overview of population genetics: the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, genotypes, phenotypes and gene frequencies.

Complex diseases.

Genetic mapping of mendelian and complex diseases.

Identifying human disease genes.

Molecular basis of inherited disorders: main classes of mutations, functional consequences. MicroRNA as a cause of genetic disease.

Molecular diagnosis of genetic diseases. Conventional methodologies and new generation approaches: whole-exome analysis (WES); variant classification and Incidental or secondary findings; guidelines for reporting results from WES analysis.

Genetic counseling.

Functional genetics and genomics: an overview of animal models for human genetic diseases.

Approaches to the therapy of genetic diseases: an overview and selected examples. Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva and Cystic fibrosis: from gene identification to targeted therapies.

The medical Genetics online: an overview about the principal sites, databases and in silico tools for medical genetics.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

English editions

  • T. Strachan, J. Goodship, P. Chinnery, Genetics and Genomics in Medicine, Garland Science, 2015.

Italian editions

  • T. Strachan, J. Goodship, P. Chinnery, Genetica & Genomica, Zanichelli, 2016
  • T. Strachan, A. P. Read, Genetica molecolare umana, Zanichelli, 2012
  • G. Neri, M. Genuardi., Genetica Umana e Medica, 3d edition, Edra Masson, 2014
  • Michael Cummings, Eredità - Principi e problematiche della genetica umana, EdiSES, 2014

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Please directly contact Teacher by phone +010-56362797 or email bocciardi@unige.it

Exam Board

RENATA BOCCIARDI (President)

ALDAMARIA PULITI

SERENA CAPPATO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Taught classes. Frequency is recommended.

LESSONS START

First semester. From October. See https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral examination.

Assessment methods

During the oral examination several aspects will be evaluated: knowledge and ability to present and discuss subjects proposed by the teacher; use of a specific vocabulary, resolution of problems.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
23/07/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale
15/09/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale