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"Planeterranean" Diet: Globally Extending the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Guest Editors:
Salvatore Nesci: University of Bologna, Italy
Prisco PiscitelliUniversity of Naples Federico II, Italy
Laura Soldati: University of Milan, Italy
Claudia VetraniUniversity of Naples Federico II, Italy
Luigi Barrea: Pegaso University, Italy

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30 June 2024


Journal of Translational Medicine is calling for submissions to our Collection on "Planeterranean" Diet: Globally Extending the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. Medical evidence supports the pivotal role of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Nevertheless, the application of this dietary pattern in non-Mediterranean countries is still challenging. “Planeterranean” is the project of the UNESCO Chair of “Health Education and Sustainable Development”, recently presented with an editorial on the Journal of Translational Medicine, to develop healthier dietary patterns and build up country-specific nutritional pyramids based on locally available foods, presenting the same healthy nutritional properties of Mediterranean Diet.

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Meet the Guest Editors

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Salvatore Nesci: University of Bologna, Italy

Salvatore Nesci, PhD, is Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of University of Bologna. He is member of the Council of the PhD Program in Veterinary Sciences and tutor of the “Collegio Superiore” of the University of Bologna. His research is focused on the molecular mechanisms involved in the biological transduction of energy in mitochondria, cell metabolism analysis, and studies of enzymatic kinetic approaches on structure-activity relationship (SAR) and function. Nesci is Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, and Reviewer of several international journals.

Prisco PiscitelliUniversity of Naples Federico II, Italy

Prisco Piscitelli, MD, PhD, has a specialization in Public Health & Preventive Medicine. He is a Senior Epidemiologist at Euro Mediterranean Scientific Biomedical Institute (ISBEM) and Vice President of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA). Piscitelli is also a Research Staff member at UNESCO Chair on Health Education and Sustainable Development, University of Naples Federico II.

Laura Soldati: University of Milan, Italy

Laura Soldati, PhD, is contract professor in Applied and Technical Dietary Sciences at Specialization Schools in Nutrition Sciences and in Nephrology at the University of Milan, Italy, with Suitability as Associate Professor. She was Member of the Council of the PhD Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine (2000-2019), Member of the Animal Welfare Organization (OPBA) (2014-2016), Consultant at the Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar (2015), and Member of the Academic Senate, representative of Medical Sciences (2016-2018).

Claudia Vetrani: University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Claudia Vetrani, PhD, is a Nutritionist and Research Fellow at the Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II. Her main research activities are focused on lifestyle changes for the prevention and treatment of cardio-metabolic diseases, and the role of functional foods and dietary patterns in the prevention and treatment of diabetes: evaluation of metabolic effect and potential mechanisms of action.

Luigi Barrea: Pegaso University, Italy

Prof. Luigi Barrea is Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition and dietetics (MED-49, ICAN-49) at the Department of Humanities, Pegaso University of Naples, Italy. He actively collaborates as a Nutritionist with the Endocrinology, Diabetology and Andrology Units, Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II. He is President of the degree course in Motor Sciences and Sport (L-22) and Vice President of the Italian Obesity Society (SIO), Campania Region. He is coordinator of the Club on dietary therapies in endocrinology and metabolism of the Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE). His research focuses on the influence of different dietary therapies (such as the Mediterranean diet and the ketogenic diet) and of nutrition on the endocrine axes in the patient with obesity. Prof. Luigi Barrea is Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, and Reviewer of several international journals of clinical nutrition, endocrinology, and obesity.

About the Collection

In 2010, the Mediterranean Diet was acknowledged UNESCO as an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. Medical evidence supports the pivotal role of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Nevertheless, the application of this dietary pattern in non-Mediterranean countries is still challenging. “Planeterranean” is the project of the UNESCO Chair of “Health Education and Sustainable Development”, recently presented with an editorial on the Journal of Translational Medicine, to develop healthier dietary patterns and build up country-specific nutritional pyramids based on locally available foods, presenting the same healthy nutritional properties of Mediterranean Diet.

We are searching for possible contributors to this challenging research activity coming from all parts of the world, who are willing to address the challenge of transferring the Mediterranean Diet key concept to non-Mediterranean areas, generating evidence on the topic of health benefits of different foods available worldwide, as well as their environmental sustainability within a “One Health” perspective. Original Research Articles, as well as epidemiological surveys are solicited; systematic reviews, meta-analyses, original research articles, short articles or commentaries are welcome and expected to add relevant information to the current knowledge.

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    Authors: Ekaterina-Michaela Tomou, Eleni Peppa and Antonia Trichopoulou
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    Authors: Roberta Zupo, Fabio Castellana, Prisco Piscitelli, Pasquale Crupi, Addolorata Desantis, Enrico Greco, Franca Paola Severino, Manuela Pulimeno, Andrea Guazzini, Tassos C. Kyriakides, Vasilis Vasiliou, Antonia Trichopoulou, Laura Soldati, Carlo La Vecchia, Giovanni De Gaetano, Maria Benedetta Donati…
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  4. The terms metabolically healthy obesity (MHO) and metabolically unhealthy obesity (MUO) categorize subjects with obesity based on the presence or absence of cardio-metabolic risk factors. Detecting MUO phenoty...

    Authors: Luigi Barrea, Ludovica Verde, Daniel Simancas-Racines, Ana Karina Zambrano, Evelyn Frias-Toral, Annamaria Colao, Silvia Savastano and Giovanna Muscogiuri
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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original research articles, short articles, as well as epidemiological surveys, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or commentaries. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Editorial Manager. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select ""Planeterranean" Diet: Globally Extending the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.