To understand the mechanisms leading to osteopenia and osteoporosis. To appreciate the role of protein malnutrition in the development of osteoporosis. To understand the role of bone-muscle axis. To understand how to implement effective strategies for primary and secondary nutritional prevention of osteoporosis.To understand the role of nutrition in the prevention of neurological disorders, focusing on the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorders. To understand the role of specific food components and nutrients in the prevention and course-modification of neurological diseases.
To understand that the risk for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is closely dependent upon lifestyles. To understand the role of specific nutrients and food components in modulating the biochemical, molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying CVD.