University of Bologna

University of Bologna – UNIBO (IT)

Organisation type: RTD



UNIBO was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. It accounts for 100,000 enrolled students, 23 faculties, 69 departments, 3,000 academics and 3,000 administrative staff. UNIBO’s research activities are promoted and coordinated by departments autonomously and has successfully participated in many EU FP projects (103 projects in FP6, coordinating 14; 70 projects so far in FP7, coordinating 7) including EUROLIVE (FP5); OLDES (FP6); SUSTGREENHOUSE & MAN-GMP-ITA (EU-DG) and RISTOMED, EATWELL, QUINOA and AMIGA (all EU-FP7). The UNIBO research group participating at the project is formed by 12 researchers working in four Departments and having competences covering different topics. The Department of Biochemistry unit (leader Prof. Silvana Hrelia) has a strong expertise in the study of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the protective/preventive action of food components againstcardiovascular diseases. The Department of Pharmacology unit (leader Prof. Patrizia Hrelia) has a long-lasting expertise in research activities dealing with the identification of new preventive strategies for the reduction of risk factors associated to chronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer and neurodegeneration. The Internal Medicine, Ageing and Kidney Disease Department (leader Prof. Claudio Borghi) has a strong experience in epidemiological studies and clinical trials on the effect of nutrients, food supplements and preventive drugs in the field of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The major research areas of the Department of Agroenvironmental Science and Technology unit (leader Prof. Giovanni Dinelli) cover topics dealing with primary production, plant physiology and food crop quality, with particular emphasis on the characterization of vegetable matrices in terms of bioactive compounds positively affecting human health.

Main roles in BACCHUS:

WP2: identification/screening of bioactive components and bioactive peptides in cereals and cereal products.

WP5: assessment of bioactives for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

WP6: clinical trials on healthy subjects consuming wheat products supplemented with the bioactive peptide lunasin.