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The Human Nutrition Unit

The Human Nutrition Unit was created in 1991, and was recognised as part of the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in 1992. It comprises investigators from different professions (doctors, pharmacists, biologists and dieticians). Since June 2005 this Unit has been linked to the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Over the last 6 years, its researchers have become part of differents research Lines recognised by the Instituto Carlos III (Network: Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular disease and RETIC: food and y Chronic Illnesses, PREDIMED network).
The group is currently part of CIBER: Nutrition and Obesity, also financed by the Instituto Carlos III. In addition, the group has been part of the Catalan Centre for Nutrition CCNIEC since 1994, a centre that is home to all nutrition research groups recognized in Catalunya and the Balearic Islands, under the umbrella organisation the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Our research lines can be divided into for sections:

  • Epidemiology and publuc health related to nutrition or its illnesses,
  • Intervention studies on the effect of diet or constituents of dieta on health or ill-health and their implications,
  • Studies on the relationship between obesity, inflamatio and the different comorbidities associatd to obesity,
  • Effects of the interactions between genetics and nutrition on the health of the population.


  • Studies on energy metabolism through closed circuit calorimetry
  • Analysis of the body composition through impedence and plycometry
  • Nitrogen determination using the Kjeldhal method
  • ELISAs
  • PCR



Scientific consultancy to the pharmocolgy and food industry.



The Nutrition Unit offices and the metabolism laboratory can be found on the Second Floor of Building 0 of the Facultat de Medicina in Reus. The laboratory is equipped for the study of energy metabolism and body composition methods. The experimentation laboratory is located on the Ground Floor of Buiding 3 and provides equipment for biochemical and genetic analysis. The Unit also has an office of the First Floor of the Hospital de Sant Joan.



Dr Jordi Salas-Salvadó
Tel. 977 759312



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Avda. de la Universitat, 1 - Second floor
E-43204 Reus (Tarragona)

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