Δρ. Βαλεντίνη Κωνσταντινίδου

Η Δρ. Βαλεντίνη Κωνσταντινίδου είναι κάτοχος Διδακτορικού Διπλώματος Βιοιατρικής (PhD in Biomedicine) από το Πανεπιστήμιο Pompeu Fabra της Βαρκελώνης, Ισπανίας (2010) και κάτοχος Μεταπτυχιακού Διπλώματος εξειδίκευσης στην Βιοιατρική Έρευνα από το ίδιο Πανεπιστήμιο. Είναι επίσης απόφοιτος Τεχνολογίας Τροφίμων της σχολής Τεχνολογίας Τροφίμων και Διατροφής, του Τ.Ε.Ι. Αθήνας. Έχει υπάρξει κάτοχος της Ευρωπαικής υποτροφίας Leonardo da Vinci κατά τη διάρκεια των προπτυχιακών της σπουδών και υπότροφος του ΙΚΥ καθόλη τη διάρκεια των μεταπτυχιακών και διδακτορικών της σπουδών.


Κατά τη διάρκεια των διδακτορικών και μετα-διδακτορικών της σπουδών εξειδικεύτηκε στο χώρο της διατροφογενετικής και διατροφογενομικής. Το ιδιαίτερο επιστημονικό της ενδιαφέρον επικεντρώνεται στη μοριακή επεξήγηση και κατανόηση των προστατευτικών και ωφέλιμων ιδιοτήτων, που η κατανάλωση ελαιόλαδου και η τήρηση Μεσογειακής διατροφής προσφέρουν στην προστασία από διατροφο-εξαρτώμενες παθήσεις, όπως ο διαβήτης, η παχυσαρκία και τα καρδιοαγγειακά νοσήματα. Τα πρώτα ερευνητικά της αποτελέσματα αποτέλεσαν πρωτοποριακά ευρύματα στο χώρο της διατροφογενομικής και συγκέντρωσαν την προσοχή διεθνών μέσων επιστημονικής ενημέρωσης.


Η Δρ. Βαλεντίνη Κωνσταντινίδου έχει πραγματοποιήσει μεταδιδακτορική έρευνα στις ερευνητικές ομάδες κορυφαίων επιστημόνων και ειδικών ανά τον κόσμο και τα αποτελέσματα της έχουν παρουσιαστεί σε διεθνή επιστημονικά συνέδρια και έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε πληθώρα έγκριτων επιστημονικών επιθεωρήσεων. Είναι επίσημο μέλος της European Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ESLM) και Πρέσβειρα της ESLM στην Ισπανία καθώς και μέλος του Αμερικανικού Συλλόγου Διατροφής (ASN).


Είναι τακτικός αρθρογράφος σε περιοδικά και μέσα ενημέρωσης για το ευρύ κοινό στην ελληνική, ισπανική και αγγλική γλώσσα καθώς επίσης και προσκεκλημένη εισηγήτρια σε μεταπτυχιακά προγράμματα Δημόσιων και Ιδιωτικών Πανεπιστημίων και ερευνητικών κέντρων της Ισπανίας. Γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στην Αθήνα και τα τελευταία χρόνια ζεί και εργάζεται στην Ισπανία όπου αφιερώνεται στην προώθηση και εφαρμογή της διατροφογενετικής γνώσης για την πρόληψη καρδιοαγγειακών παθήσεων, προάσπιση της υγείας και εξασφάλισης υγιούς γήρανσης.


  • “Functional Olive Oils Functions” in European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) Congress 2014 31/05-03/06/2014, Madrid, Spain
  • MIR-107, a dietary modified microRNA (miRNA) that regulates the circadian system” in European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) Congress 2014 31/05-03/06/2014, Madrid, Spain
  • miR-107: a metabolically relevant microRNA regulated by lipids, Atorvastatin and Fenofibrate” in Nutrigenomics Organization (NUGO) WEEK 09/09-12/09/2013 Freising, Germany
  • “Los ácidos grasos poli-insaturados, especialmente el DHA, modifican el patrón de expresión de microRNAs principalmente implicados en funciones neurológicas en un modelo de enterocito” in XXVI Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis (S.E.A), 22/05-25/05/2013, Zaragoza, Spain
  • “PUFAs, specifically DHA, modify the microRNA pattern of the enterocytes: a screening ofdiet-modified microRNAs” in the Phenotypic Flexibility Symposium, 04-06/02/2013, El Escorial, Community of Madrid, Spain
  • “Protection of LDL from oxidation by olive oil polyphenols is associated with a down-regulation of CD40L expression and its downstream products in vivo in humans”, in 25 Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis 06-08/06/2012, Reus, Spain
  • “Human transcriptome response after Mediterranean Diet consumption”, IV ISNN (International Society of Nutrigenomics/Nutrigenetics) Congress 17-20/11/2010, Pamplona, Spain
  • “In vivo nutrigenomic effects of olive oil polyphenols on atherosclerosis-related genes in humans. A randomized, controlled, clinical trial” in the International Symposiym on New Frontiers in Obesity and Nutrition 25-27/11/2009, La Toja, Galicia, Spain
  • “Nutrigenomics in vivo effects of the Mediterranean diet and virgin olive oil consumption in humans”, in the European EPIC Conference on Nutrition, Lifestyle and the Prevention of Obesity and Chronic Diseases 22-23/10/2009, Barcelona, Spain
  • “Nutrigenomic studies on Mediterranean diet and olive oil consumption” in the 14th European Congress on Biotechnology 13-16/09/2009, Barcelona, Spain
  • “Gene expression profile changes in human mononuclear cells after virgin olive oil consumption” in the 6th European Federation of Lipids Congress, 07-10/09/2008, Athens, Greece
  • “Resveratrol disposition in humans” in Wine Active Compounds WAC 2008, 26-30/03/2008, Beaune, France
  • “Human in vivo nutrigenomic effect of olive oil”, Nutrigenomics 2008, International Society of Antioxidant in Nutrition and Health ISANH 14/03/2008, Paris, France
  • “Efectos Nutrigenómicos, in vivo, del aceite de oliva virgen en humanos”, in CIBER, Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrition, I Symposium, 11/2007, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • “Applications of Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy to edible oils”, in the 4th International Conference in Instrumental Methods of Analysis (I.M.A), 02-06/10/2005, Crete, Greece
  • “Comparative studies on the total pro- and antioxidant activities of edible oils using Chemiluminescence”, in the 3rd Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days, 29/09-03/10/2002, Lesbos, Greece


  • Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain in Master Oficial “OBESIDAD Y SUS COMORBILIDADES, PREVENCION, DIAGNOSTICO Y TRATAMIENTO INTEGRAL”, (in Spanish)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain in Practical training tutorials, (in Spanish and in English)
  • IMDEA Food Foundation, Madrid, Spain, in the Nutritional Genomics and Personalized Nutrition course (in Spanish)
  • Rovira i Virgili Universtiy, Faculty of Medicine, ¨Aplicacion del we 2.0 a la docencia¨ (in Spanish)
  • Fundation Parc de Recerca Biomedica de Barcelona in Open Days Organization and tutorials (in Spanish and in English)

Dr. Maria Isabel Covas, Nuproas HB

Dr. Maria-Isabel Covas, PhD in Biochemistry and specialist in Clinical Chemistry is the Scientific Advisor of NUPROAS HB. NUPROAS Handesbolag (NUPROAS HB) is a Swedish company focused on providing the best assessment and services for achieving nutritional goals related to the improvement of health. NUPROAS HB offers assessment to all kind of nutritional studies with the profound interest of translating good and original ideas into tangible and successful projects. NUPROAS HB collaborates with exceptional scientists to offer first class assistance for research protocols development, monitoring of intervention studies and statistical analysis performance.

Formerly, Dr. Maria-Isabel Covas has been Head of the Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group of the Research Institute Hospital del Mar (IMIM), ( in Barcelona, Spain until 2013.She has also served as Head of a Research Group in the CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), a Spanish Network of Excellence and as Deputy Head of the Clinical Laboratories in Hospital del Mar and Hospital de la Esperanza both in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Maria-Isabel Covas has been the Principal Investigator in more than 15 competitive national and international fund-rising calls and she is author of more than 200 original scientific articles published in indexed, peer-reviewed journals. She was the coordinator of the European Study: ¨The effect of olive oil on oxidative damage in European populations, The EUROLIVE Study¨ (QLK1-CT-2001-00287) funded under the European FP5 Program (2002-2006). The EUROLIVE study resulted in an EFSA health claim regarding olive oil phenolic compounds consumption and protection of human LDL from oxidation. She has also been the Area Coordinator and member of the Steering Committee of the PREDIMED Study (,the first intervention study that proved the effect of the traditional Mediterranean diet on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.


Dr. Elena Giordano

Dr. Elena Giordano obtained a B.Sc.Hons. in Biological Sciences at the University of Cagliari, Italy (2003) and she undertook her PhD studies in the Department of Experimental Biology at University of Cagliari, Italy (2007). Elena obtained a PhD in Morphological Science, with a thesis in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology in 2011. As part of her PhD training, she had the opportunity to work at the Food Science Department of Rutgers University, NJ, (USA), where she was able to develop her skills and abilities in the field of molecular biology and physiology and to study gene-nutrient interactions and modulation of gene expression by different nutrients.


In October 2011 Elena joined IMDEA Food in Madrid, and she worked with Prof. Francesco Visioli at the Functional Food section, as Postdoctoral Fellow, co-funded by the Amarout-Marie Curie European Programme, until December 2013. Elena led two main research projects in the field of gene-nutrient interactions, (specifically polyphenols of the Mediterranean diet) associated to cardiovascular diseases, obesity and osteoporosis. The “Marie Curie Amarout” fellowship gave her the opportunity to develop her ideas in nutritional biochemistry, nutrigenomics and metabolism. Elena’s current job as a nutritionist has enabled her to develop valuable and transferable skills into practical and evidence-based advice, including customized recipes to improve wellbeing, health and life quality. As part of her private work she provides full nutritional screening, through questionnaires, anthropometric measurements, Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), Tanita scale and nutrigenetic tests for highly personalized nutritional plans, based on genetic information, lifestyle, socio-economic background, food and nutrient deficiencies.



  • Giordano E, Dávalos A, Crespo C, Tomé-Carneiro J, Visioli F. Soy isoflavones – in nutritionally relevant amounts – have varied nutrigenomic effects on adipose tissue. Molecules 2015 Jan 30;20(2):2310-22.
  • Giordano E, Dávalos A, Visioli F.Chronic hydroxytyrosol feeding modulates glutathionemediatedoxido- reduction pathways in adipose tissue: A nutrigenomic study. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2014 Oct;24(10):1144-50
  • Gil-Zamorano J, Martin R, Daimiel L, Richardson K, Giordano E, Nicod N, García- Carrasco B, Soares SM, Iglesias-Gutiérrez E, Lasunción MA, Sala-Vila A, Ros E, Ordovás JM, Visioli F, Dávalos. Docosahexaenoic acid modulates the enterocyte Caco-2 cell expression of microRNAs involved in lipid metabolism. A. J Nutr. 2014 May;144(5):575-85.
  • Carta G, Murru E, Cordeddu L, Ortiz B, Giordano E, Belury MA, Quadro L, Banni S. Metabolic Interactions between Vitamin A and Conjugated Linoleic Acid. Nutrients. 2014 Mar 24;6(3):1262-72.
  • Giordano E, Visioli F. Long-chain omega 3 fatty acids: Molecular bases of potential antioxidant actions . Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 2014 Jan; 90(1):1-4.
  • Giordano E, Davalos A, Nicod N, Visioli F. Hydroxytyrosol attenuates tunicamycin-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in human hepatocarcinoma cells. Mol Nutr Food Res 2013 58:954-62
  • Auñon-Calles D, Giordano E, Bohnenberger S, Visioli F. Hydroxytyrosol is not genotoxic in vitro (2013) Pharmacol Res.
  • Banni S, Carta G, Murru E, Cordeddu L, Giordano E, Marrosu F, Puligheddu M, Floris G, Asuni GP, Cappai AL, Deriu S, Follesa P. Vagus nerve stimulation reduces body weight and fat mass in rats (2012) PLoS One. 7(9)
  • Visioli F, Giordano E, Nicod N, Davalos A. Molecular targets of omega-3 and conjugated linoleic fatty acids – “micromanaging” cellular response (2012) Frontiers in Physiology. 3:42
  • Giordano E, Banni S, Quadro L. A single dose of c9,t11 or t10,c12 conjugated linoleic acid isomers perturbs vitamin A metabolism in mice (2011) Nutr Res. 31(11):855-62.
  • Banni S, Carta G, Murru E, Cordeddu L, Giordano E, Sirigu A, Kjetil B, Vik H, Maki K C, Di Marzo V, Griinari M. (2011) Krill oil significantly decreases 2 arachidonoylglycerol plasma levels in obese subjects. Nutr. Metab. 8:7
  • Banni S, Montisci R, Sanfilippo R, Finco G, Sanna D, Giordano E, Murru E, Cordeddu L, Carta G, Banni D, Marchi A. (2010) Physiological response to lipid peroxidation in ischemia and reperfusion during carotid endarterectomy. Lipids Health Dis. 21;9:41
  • Di Marzo V, Griinari M, Carta G, Murru E, Ligresti A, Cordeddu L, Giordano E, Murru E, Bisogno T, Collu M, Batetta B, Uda S, Berge K, Banni S. (2010) Dietary krill oil increases docosahexaenoic acid and reduces 2-arachidonoylglycerol but not N-acylethanolamine levels in the brain of obese Zucker rats. Int. Dairy J. 20, 231, 235.
  • Pintus S, Pintus P, Pistis D, Batetta B, Accossu S, Uda S, Carta G, Murru E, Cordeddu L, Vacca C, Sirigu A, Giordano E, Ghiani E, Vona G, Mele M, Secchiari P, Banni S. (2010) Impact of dairy products on human nutrition: Role of the lipid fraction. Ped. Med. Chir. 32: 136-138.
  • Batetta B, Griinari M, Carta G, Murru E, Ligresti A, Cordeddu L, Giordano E, Sanna F, Bisogno T, Uda S, Collu M, Bruheim I, Di Marzo V, Banni S. Endocannabinoids may mediate the ability of (n-3) fatty acids to reduce ectopic fat and inflammatory mediators in obese Zucker rats. (2009) J Nutr. 139(8):1495-501.
  • Bolognesi C, Nucci MC, Colacci AM, Grilli S, Ippoliti F, Mucci N, Spica VR, Barbieri A, Canitano N, Chiozzotto D, Di Renzo L, Giordano E, Horn W, Roggieri P, Risi A, Silingardi P, Vaccari M, Violante FS. Biomonitoring of nurses occupationally exposed to antineoplastic drugs: the IMEPA Project. (2005) Epidemiol Prev. 29(5-6 Suppl):91-5. Italian.
  • Stensmyr MC, Giordano E, Balloi A, Angioy AM, Hansson BS. Novel natural ligands for Drosophila olfactory receptor neurones. (2003) J Exp Biol. 206 (Pt 4):715-24

Dr. Blanca Ribot

La Dra. Blanca Ribot, se diplomó en Nutrición Humana y Dietética en la Universitat Rovira i Virgili (España) en el año 2006. Posteriormente continuó sus estudios con un Máster en Nutrición y Metabolismo en la misma universidad, año 2009, al mismo tiempo que iniciaba su doctorado en el departamento de Ciencias Médicas Básicas de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili. La Dra. Ribot defendió su tesis doctoral en 2012 titulada «Estado en Hierro de la madre en relación con sus niveles iniciales y la pauta de suplementación con hierro. Efecto sobre la salud materno-filial» por la que obtuvo mención internacional y la calificación de Excelente Cum Laude. Como parte de su formación dentro del programa de doctorado internacional tuvo la oportunidad de realizar una estancia de 6 meses en el centro de investigación Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), en California (Estados Unidos).


Desde 2007 ha trabajado como docente en la diplomatura y el grado de Nutrición Humana y Dietética de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili, así como en el máster en Nutrición y Metabolismo. Desde el 2013 es investigadora postdoctoral dentro del grupo de investigación en Nutrición y Salud Mental (NUTRISAM) liderado por la Dra Victoria Arija y la Dra Josepa Canals. La Dra Ribot ha publicado varios artículos en revistas científicas, indexadas, nacionales e internacionales, y ha presentado sus resultados científicos en numerosos congresos. Desde 2013 ha compaginado su trabajo de investigación con el de dietista de restauración colectiva ejerciendo tareas de supervisión de menús, elaboración de dietas especiales y asesoramiento nutricional a los profesionales que lo solicitasen.


La Dra. Ribot está colegiada en el Colegio Oficial de Dietistas-Nutricionistas de Catalunya (España) (núm. CAT000155) y trabaja en consulta privada realizando valoraciones nutricionales y antropométricas a partir de las cuales realiza dietas personalizadas, favoreciendo un óptimo estado de salud de las personas.

Κλινική Ψυχολόγος

Natalia Molina Álvarez

Natalia Molina está licenciada en Psicología Clínica y Criminología por la Universidad de Barcelona (1986)  y colegiada en el Colegio de Psicólogos de Cataluña (COPC, No 18336).


Ha realizado el postgrado en Mediación Familiar, por la Fundación Doctor Robert (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) y se ha formado en diversas áreas de las terapias complementarias como la Terapia Breve Estratégica, como en el Desarrollo Personal Life-Coaching por el COPC, aportando el valor añadido diferencial como Coach que puede aportar a la praxis en los diversos ámbitos de intervención. Tiene formación en TIPI (Terapia de identificación Sensorial de los miedos inconscientes) y en Hipnosis.


También, Natalia Molina tiene amplia experiencia laboral como Psicoterapeuta y durante un largo periodo ha participado y coordinado estudios nutricionales de intervención en el Instituto Municipal de Investigación Médica (IMIM) en Barcelona, siendo el más representativo el estudio español PREDIMED (Prevención con la Dieta Mediterránea) así como otros relacionados con la Salud.

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