Seminar Topics & Program

The main topics of the Seminar will be organized as follows on the basis of a total teaching time of approximately 40 hours distributed on 5 days:

Historical and anthropological evolution of the Mediterranean diet

Environmental and socio-economic aspects

  • Biodiversity as related to food production and dietary modelling
  • Typical agricultural and industrial productions
  • Processing, storage and preparation of food
  • Sustainability and environmental impact of the Mediterranean diet and other dietary models

The definition of Mediterranean diet, nutritional and metabolic characteristics

  • Nutritional properties
  • Chemistry, molecular biology and epigenetic components
  • Influence on the cellular environment
  • Recovery of ancient traditional foods
  • The introduction of innovative foods on the body of the Mediterranean model
  • The eating patterns of the different Mediterranean countries
  • Alternative dietary patterns
  • The assessment of adhesion to Mediterranean diet

The effects of the Mediterranean diet on health

  • Clinical and epidemiological research
  • Ecological studies
  • Prospective observations
  • The main existing cohorts
  • The controlled intervention trials
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • The nutritional Guidelines
  • Cardiovascular and neoplastic diseases and related risk factors
  • Obesity and diabetes, healthy aging and longevity
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Other chronic disorders

The spreading of the Mediterranean culture

  • Training of health professionals
  • Information for citizens and patients
  • Social and industrial policies


Keywords: Mediterranean diet - lifestyle - food health - cardiovascular prevention – cancer prevention - clinical research – epidemiological research - biodiversity - sustainability - environmental impact - agricultural productions - food traditions - food preparation – local entities – food transformation industry

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