This curriculum aims to study biomedical aspects related to the critical ages of life from birth to death, developing along a path from childhood, adolescence, and adult and senile life.
PhD students attending this curriculum will conduct their research in three possible areas: dealing with biological mechanisms, dealing with risk and preventive factors, and dealing with clinical and prognostic aspects, including pharmacological aspects and organizational management aspects.
The study in these three areas may include methodologies and tools from biochemical biology, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, and medicine (pediatrics, internal medicine, neurology, geriatrics, and epidemiology), with a strong emphasis on the coexistence of the various approaches and their integration with socio-demo-psychological aspects.
Special attention will be given to the issue of healthy aging and psychophysical well-being throughout the life course. Research activities may include, among others, laboratory activities (in silico, in vitro, in vivo), clinical studies (observational or experimental), population etiological studies, and functional studies. A gender approach and a focus on health inequalities will also be emphasized.