Description: This course presents foundational knowledge on nutritional metabolism of macronutrients. The digestion, absorption, transport, utilization and storage of macronutrients in humans are the focus. This course integrates biochemical and physiological aspects of nutrient utilization, interactions and metabolic regulation in humans.
NUTR830: Advanced Topics in Macronutrient Metabolism
Description: This course is an elective designed for research-based molecular nutrition students. It will introduce topics and methods in biochemical and molecular nutrition research. We will use group discussions and individual projects to enhance critical analysis skills and learn how to follow in the rapidly advancing field of molecular nutrition.
Course Goals: * To provide advanced knowledge on macromolecular nutrition.
* Learn to evaluate research articles in molecular nutrition.
* Familiarize students with current methods in molecular nutrition research.
Competencies: * Generate out a literature review on a emerging topic related to molecular nutrition.
* Produce a review of a research article on the basis of its premise, methods, interpretation and congruence with previous results.
* Formulate alternative methods to assess or advance a finding.
* Generate a research proposal that would test a novel hypothesis and propose methodologies to test it.
* Evaluate a research proposal according to NIH criteria including assessment of novelty and proposed approach.
* Participate in a mock review panel to judge an innovative research proposal.
* Analytically discuss research with colleagues and future employers.
Learning Objectives: * Develop high critical thinking skills such as synthesis and projecting future studies within recent macromolecular nutrition topics.
* Learn how to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of nutrition research.
* Gain fluency in the molecular nutrition literature including how to assess the validity of claims.
* Familiarize yourself with the process of developing research grant proposals and reviews.
* Identify limitations in research articles, and how this affects the rigor and universality of their conclusions.
* Interpret and evaluate modern molecular nutrition methods based on their implementation and appropriate controls.
* Evaluate emerging themes in macromolecular nutrition that affect individual responses to the diet.