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Secondary Medical School Varaždin: The Sweet And Bitter Side Of Aspartame  Secondary Medical School Varaždin: The Sweet And Bitter Side Of Aspartame Minimize

The Sweet And Bitter Side Of Aspartame
Project of Secondary Medical School Varaždin

    Name of project:  1. Secondary Medical School Varaždin
2. Medical College Zagreb
Project Leaders:  1. Nataša Vuković (natvuk@gmail.com)
Maja Gregorić  (majagr79@gmail.com
Koordinators:  1. Nataša Vuković (natvuk@gmail.com)
Zlatica Kozjak Mikić
Secondary Medical School Varaždin
STUDENTS:  Secondary Medical School Varaždin:
Dorotea Hubek
2. Nikolina Kolenko
3. Antonia Dovečer

Medical College Zagreb:
1. Monika Drndelić
2. Marta Severović
Targeted groups: 

Project Objectives: 
To investigate why aspartame is the most controversial additive in history.
To investigate the extent to which consumption of products containing aspartame affects people's health and whether the amount consumed is associated with the appearance of harmful side effects in the body.
To develop awareness of the harmful effects of excessive consumption of products rich in aspartame.
  1. To conduct a survey related to the knowledge of the harmful effects of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, consumption of products rich in aspartame, and potentially harmful side effects occurring due to excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners.
  2. Make the first part of a joint presentation (June 2015.)
  3. To visit the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry and get information about the chemical composition and historical significance of the discovery of aspartame.
  4. Make the final version of the presentation (first half of september)
  5. A visit of students and teacher of Medical school in Zagreb to Medical school varaždin, the visit to allergy clinic and a discourse with an allergist and (possibly )a nutritionist about their experience with the of the adverse effects of aspartame on health (the end of september)
Place of implementation: 
Secondary Medical School Varaždin
Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb
Collaboration with a specialist allergist, a nutritionist.
From April 2015 to September 2015
Expected Results: 
We expect cooperation with other schools, doctors allergists and nutritionists, professors at University of Zagreb who deal with this issue in order to have the most relevant information on actual harmfulness of artificial sweeteners on human health.
Risk factors:   

First Exchange Varaždin - Zagreb (December 3, 2015)  First Exchange Varaždin - Zagreb (December 3, 2015) Minimize


Exchange of students from Medical School Varaždin and the Health University of Zagreb

     Within the preparations for the E-medica Days 2016, students of Medical School Varazdin (Antonia Dovečar, Dorotea Hubek and Nikolina Kolenko) visited the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry in Zagreb on the 3rd of December, along with their mentor professor Nataša Vuković. For the festival, taking place from 3 to 6 March 2016 in Tuheljske Toplice, Medical School Varazdin, in collaboration with the Health University of Zagreb, has chosen the subject of Sweet and bitter side of aspartame.

   Arriving at Zagreb, a meeting was held between students of the Health University, Monika Drndelić and Marta Severović and their mentor Maja Gregorić, the associates on the project. After introductions and exchange of experience on the previous activities implemented by both parties, we went to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry to meet the Ph.D. Valerij Vrček, one of the leading Croatian experts on the subject of aspartame, GMO food, parabens and their impact on health. In a short, but very interesting, educational and professional lecture, the Ph.D. Vrček got us acquainted with the ways of functioning and consequences that aspartame has on the human organism.
   After questions and a brief discussion on the relationship between society and the food industry towards that problem, the professor examined previously prepared parts of the presentation and made suggestions on how to improve our presentation. Accompanied by the professor, we visited the Faculty and got to know the system of studying at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. After finishing the formal visit, we went to the city and continued our sightseeing in the mood of Advent.
   At the end, we agreed upon our next gathering in January 2016 in Medical School Varazdin so as to finish and align our presentation for the meeting at Tuheljske Toplice next year.

Students: Dorotea H, Antonia D. i Nikolina K.
Mentor Nataša Vuković                 

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