Human Metabolism & Diseases HA 2023

Course Available in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Human Metabolism & Diseases

Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical reactions in humans. Metabolisms (1) convert energy in food to energy to run cellular processes, (2) convert food to valuable building blocks (e.g., proteins, nucleic acids), and (3) eliminate metabolic waste. The focus of this class is to introduce the fundamentals of metabolism to better understand how the human body functions. Students will learn about the basics of the metabolism of glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids. Furthermore, students will be taught how poor nutrition can affect metabolism and result in the development of metabolic diseases such obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. A review of common therapeutics targeting these metabolic diseases will also be given.

In addition, students will practice the scientific method by first learning how to read and digest scientific literature. Students will acquire the tools necessary to search, find, and read scientific publications which will enable them to teach themselves about any subject of interest in health and disease during their continued preparation for medical and scientific fields. They will not only learn how to apply these tools to their studies, but they will also be able to incorporate their knowledge gained in nutrition and metabolism into improving their own health. Finally, students will have the opportunity to further develop their interests, talents, and creativity during hands-on activities and projects. By learning the fundamentals of human nutrition, metabolism, and metabolic diseases, students will become more prepared and have more confidence to pursue their desired medical and bioscience career.

January 16 – 27, 2023 (Monday to Friday)

From 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

In-person in your country

Aracely Acevedo

PhD(c), University of California, Los Angeles

Aracely Acevedo is a PhD(c) researcher in Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Physiology (MCIP) at UCLA. Before she joined the MCIP program, she earned her M.S. degree in Chemistry with an option in Biochemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. She investigates altered metabolic pathways in heart failure and the mechanism of a therapeutic agent that targets cardiac mitochondrial metabolism and bioenergetics. Her mission is to assist humanity in preventing metabolic diseases by bridging health and nutrition with scientific-based research evidence through a non-traditional, innovative approach. She is passionate about empowering human beings to heal the metabolism of their own bodies during disease and guide them through their journey in conserving and enhancing their health. Aracely taught a class on Biology of Cells at UCLA. She was also an instructor for Eduexplora at UCLA and taught two courses called Human Metabolism and Mitochondrial Metabolism. She earned the Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellowship during her first, second, and fourth year of her graduate studies at UCLA. Aracely was born in Los Angeles, California and her parents in Guadalajara, Mexico. She speaks and writes fluently in both English and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys music and dancing, traveling through nature, spending quality time with her family and cats, and living a healthy lifestyle.