Team leader
Prof. Angela A. Rivellese
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Medical School
Federico II University
Via S. Pansini 5
80131 Naples, Italy
Email: rivelles@unina.it

The Federico II University of Naples, founded in 1224 by the Emperor Federico II, is at present the largest University in Italy in terms of students' number: 94436. The Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine has 24 professors, 28 researchers and 196 technicians. The scientific activity of the Department is basically oriented towards the study of the prevention and treatment of chronic degenerative diseases. Within the Department, the Unit of Diabetes and Metabolism focuses its research activities on three fields: diet and diabetes mellitus, lipoprotein metabolism, the insulin resistance syndrome.

The ETHERPATHS project will be performed in the Unit of Diabetes and Metabolism. This group consists of 12 members. The Unit is located within the University Hospital and has clinical responsibility of in- and out- patients. Within the Unit a metabolic kitchen to prepare and store foods is available, together with a metabolic ward and a clinical laboratory to measure relevant parameters of glucose and lipoprotein metabolism. The Diabetes and Metabolism Unit has large experience in nutrition interventions in humans and has participated in many international cooperative research activities in the field of nutrition and metabolic diseases.

Key people in the team

  • Prof. Angela A. Rivellese, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

  • Prof. Gabriele Riccardi, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases and chief of the Metabolic Ward at the University Hospital

  • Dr Giovanni Annuzzi, Clinical Research Associate

  • Dr Lidia Patti, Clinical Biologist

Selected publications

  • Riccardi G, Rivellese AA, Giacco R, Role of glycemic load in the healthy state, in prediabetes and diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr. In press.

  • Rivellese AA, Giacco R, Annuzzi G, De Natale C, Patti L, Di Marino L, Minerva V, Costabile G, Santangelo C, Masella R, Riccardi G, Effects of monounsaturated vs. saturated fat on postprandial lipemia and adipose tissue lipases in type 2 diabetes, Clin Nutr. In press (doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2007.07.005).

  • Vaccaro O, Lapice E, Ponticelli A, Giacchetti M, Castaldo I, Galasso R, Pinelli M, Donnarumma G, Rivellese AA, Cocozza S, Riccardi G, Pro12Ala polymorphism of the PPARgamma2 locus modulates the relationship between energy intake and body weight in type 2 diabetic patients. Diabetes Care 30,1156-1161 (2007).

  • Giacco R, Cuomo V, Vessby B, Uusitupa M, Hermansen K, Meyer BJ, Riccardi G, Rivellese AA, KANWU Study Group. Fish oil, insulin sensitivity, insulin secretion and glucose tolerance in healthy people: is there any effect of fish oil supplementation in relation to the type of background diet and habitual dietary intake in n-6 and n-3 fatty acids? Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 17, 572-580 (2007).

  • Rasmussen BM, Vessby B, Uusitupa M, Berglund L, Pedersen E, Riccardi G, Rivellese AA, Tapsell L, Hermansen K: The KANWU Study Group. Effects of dietary saturated, monounsaturated, and n-3 fatty acids on blood pressure in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 83, 221-226 (2006).