Cristina Müller: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Name Prof. Dr. Cristina Müller
FieldVitamins in Health and Desease
ETH Zürich, HCI H 429
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences
RelationshipAdjunct Professor and Privatdozentin

535-0011-00LDrug Seminar Restricted registration - show details
The course is reserved for students registered in the Master's programme in Pharmacy or in Pharmaceutical Sciences
5 credits9SJ. Hall, A. Burden, K. Eyer, C. Halin Winter, S.‑D. Krämer, J.‑C. Leroux, C. Müller, V. I. Otto, U. Quitterer, J. Scheuermann, R. Schibli, K. Silina, C. Steuer
AbstractThe course provides a platform for the investigation, presentation and discussion of a topic with relevance to the field of pharmaceutical sciences. Students work in small groups on a chosen topic, they write a mini-review and present their work on a one day symposium.
ObjectiveThe main objectives of this course are:

- students develop their scientific reflection (Critical Thinking) and working skills by working independently on a relevant pharmaceutical topic
- students gain in-depth knowledge of the topic investigated
- students train their scientific writing and presentation skills
- students train their ability to plan a project and work in a team
ContentThe Course Drug Seminar takes place during the first 7 weeks of the 1. Master semester. It is a compulsory course of the MSc Pharmacy curriculum and an elective course in the MSc PharmSciences.

The course provides a platform for the investigation, presentation and discussion of a topic with relevance to the field of pharmaceutical sciences.

During the course, students work in small teams on a topic of their choice and elaborate a written mini-review and an oral presentation. Each team is tutored by a lecturer of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The work is mainly based on literature search / review, but may also involve conducting interviews or site visits, if appropriate. The final presentations of all groups will take place in the framework of a dedicated Symposium held in the middle of the semester.
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly for students of MSc Pharmacy and MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences.
535-0021-00LVitamins in Health and Disease1 credit1VC. Müller
AbstractVitamins are essential organic compounds that cannot be synthesized by an organism and hence, thy have to be acquired from the diet. This lecture will give an overview about the application of vitamins in health and disease.
ObjectiveThe aim of this lecture is a critical examination of the students with the topic of "Vitamins in Health and Disease". The students will get an overview of vitamins, of their medical applications and the role of the pharmacist with "over-the-counter" products.
ContentDeficiencies of particular vitamins result in specific diseases such as for example scurvy (vitamin C deficiency). Such disease patterns are usually easily recognized and facile to be treated. The clinical utility of supplementation concerns people with severe deficiencies and a risk of complications. Latent vitamin deficiencies might result in variable disorders and risks. As an example neurological disorders in elderly as a consequence of chronic lack of vitamin B12 should be mentioned. Subclinical deficiencies are often difficult to assess. However, these are exactly the cases where advice of a pharmacist is requested.
A large intake of vitamins by over-supplementation or food fortification might be dangerous (hypervitaminosis). This is in particular the case for fat-soluble vitamins or in the case of constant intake of high amounts of water-soluble vitamins over a long time period.
The lecture 'Vitamins in Heath and Disease' will give an overview over the history and applications of vitamins and their functions to preserve good health. The utility of vitamin supplementation during conditions of deficiencies, potential consequences of a latent deficiency as well as risks of over-supplementation will be discussed.
Lecture notesHand-outs will be distributed during the lecture (partly in English, partly in German).
LiteratureBook recommendation: reference books:

- Handbuch Nährstoffe, Burgerstein,
Trias Verlag ISBN 978-3-8304-6071-8

Arzneimittel und Mikronährstoffe - Medikationsorientierte Supplementierung
WVG, ISBN 978-3-8047-2779-3
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements: Basic knowledge in biochemistry and pharmacology. Ability to read and understand scientific publications in English.