Eating behavior directly impacts on welfare and health, as well as on a variety of diseases whose outcome depends on nutrition, for example inflammatory diseases; brain, liver and digestive diseases; and cancers. In addition, eating disorders, including excessive consumption of palatable food or alcohol, metabolic syndrome associated with obesity, and iron overload are directly responsible for a significant number of chronic diseases. Also substantial are the effects of xenobiotics on health and acute and chronic diseases, i.e. environmental contaminants, chemicals and drugs.
The goal of the unit “Nutrition, Metabolisms and Cancer” is to investigate how food, environmental, behavioral and metabolic determinants have an impact on health and diseases, particularly chronic diseases or disorders in different target organs such as the liver, the digestive system and the brain. The project promotes a strong translational and clinical research to enable the transfer of advanced cognitive research for the benefit of individuals and patients. The unit brings together experts in social and behavioral sciences, neuroscience, nutrition, hepatology, gastroenterology, oncology, physiology, metabolism, toxicology, microbiology, molecular and cell biology and genomics.