"We merge Food Chemistry, Human Nutrition and Applied Botany"

Food science in progress

Department of Food and Drug

LS9 is operative within the Food and Drug Department of the University of Parma, which gathers an interdisciplinary pool of experts in food and pharmaceutical technology, microbiology, food chemistry, pharmacology, nutrition, organic chemistry, agronomy and economy, with a true “from the lab to the world” approach. 

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Our Labs

The group can rely on a variety of laboratories, equipped with an array of instruments including HPLC-MSn, NMR, GC-MS. Most universities have similar capacities, our advantage is that we work together. Actually.

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Our Projects

LS9 researchers are involved in a number of different interdisciplinary projects. The detection, quantification, stability and the bioactivity evaluation of plant secondary metabolites are usually performed both in plant matrices, foods, concentrated extracts and biological fluids of human and animal origin.

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News from the Lab

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Gastrointestinal stability of urolithins: an in vitro approach

Urolithins are bioactive ellagitannin-derived metabolites showing a wide phenotypic...

Bioaccessibility and bioavailability of phenolic compounds in bread: a review

Cereal-based products, like breads, are a vehicle for bioactive compounds, including...

Environmental impact of omnivorous, ovo-lacto-vegetarian, and vegan diet

Food and beverage consumption has a great impact on the environment, although there is a...

Rye polyphenols and the metabolism of n-3 fatty acids in rats: a dose dependent fatty fish-like effect

As long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) of the n-3 series are critically important for human...

5-(3′,4′-Dihydroxyphenyl)-γ-valerolactone and its sulphate conjugates, representative circulating metabolites of flavan-3-ols, exhibit anti-adhesive activity against uropathogenic Escherichia coli in bladder epithelial cells

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are mostly caused by uropathogenic Escherichia...

A comprehensive meta-analysis on dietary flavonoid and lignan intake and cancer risk: Level of evidence and limitations

To summarize available evidence on the association between dietary flavonoid as well as...

The Gut Microbial Metabolite Trimethylamine-N-Oxide Is Present in Human Cerebrospinal Fluid

Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) is a small organic molecule, derived from the intestinal...

Phenyl-γ-valerolactones, flavan-3-ol colonic metabolites, protect brown adipocytes from oxidative stress without affecting their differentiation or function

Consumption of products rich in flavan-3-ols, such as tea and cocoa, has been associated...

Synthetic and analytical strategies for the quantification of phenyl-γ-valerolactone conjugated metabolites in human urine

The contribution of the gut microbiota to the metabolism of catechins and...

Claimed effects, outcome variables and methods of measurement for health claims proposed under European Community Regulation 1924/2006 in the framework of protection against oxidative damage and cardiovascular health

The high number of negative opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to...