Prof. Angela A. Rivellese
Department of Clinical
and Experimental Medicine
Federico II University
S. Pansini 5
80131 Naples, Italy
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
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
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
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,
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).