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Nutrition and Metabolism

Nutrigenomics Group

Team members

Team leader

Maria Cinta Bladé


The Nutrigenomics Research Group from IISPV-URV aims to generate general knowledge oriented to the design of functional foods able to prevent, delay or alleviate metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome. These studies also allows to increase the value of by-products from the food industry by the obtaining of functional ingredients.

The main research lines that we currently follow are:

  • Evaluation of the beneficial efects of phenolic compounds on diseases related to metabolic syndrome,  specially the exerted by proanthocyanidins
  • Search of bioactive compounds capable of modulating leptin signaling pathway and to reverse leptin resistance
  • Development of a functional food addresed to weight loss and prevention of diseases associated with obesity
  • Generation and purification of bioactive peptides from by-products of the food industry
  • Search of bioactive compounds with antihypertensive properties
  • Influence of circadian rhythms on the effect of bioactive ingredients
  • Study of the interaction between bioactive compounds and microRNAs
  • Browning and adipogenesis.

For more information, please see our URV website.


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Generalitat de Catalunya

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

ICS - Institut Català de la Salut

Hospital Universitari Sant Joan de Reus

Centre de Recerca de Catalunya

Spain Excellence University - Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Excellence Research Spain, Excellence Postgraduate Spain

HR Excellence in Research

Institut Pere Mata, Hospital Psiquiàtric Universitari




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