MedEatResearch, the Center for Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa – directed by anthropologists Professor Marino Niola and Professor Elisabetta Moro – was founded in April 2012 (1) with the aim to value and promote Southern Italy’s food heritage and to encourage the cultural exchange of food and wine among various Mediterranean countries. Since September 2015, MedEatResearch has been recognized by the MIPAAF as a “UNESCO Mediterranean Diet Community” and as a co-founder of the Statement of Principles of the UNESCO Mediterranean Diet.
Since its inception, the Center has investigated the genesis of the Mediterranean Diet, which on November 16th 2010 was recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. MedEatResearch explores, in particular, the history of food and Mediterranean food traditions from a multidisciplinary perspective – pedagogical, anthropological, sociological, ethical-environmental, medical-scientific and multimedia – working closely with doctors, nutritionists, disease experts of metabolism and food sciences, as well as communicators across media channels.
Members of the scientific committee of MedEatResearch include: Professor Lucio d’Alessandro, Professor Marino Niola, Professor Elisabetta Moro, Professor Helga Sanità, Professor Davide Borrelli, Professor Franco Contaldo, Professor Enrico Corbi, Professor Licia Granello, Professor Antonella Gritti, Professor Alfonso Iaccarino, Mrs. Livia Iaccarino, Professor Margherita Musello, Professor Antonello Petrillo, Dr. Carlo Petrini, Dr. Stefano Pisani, Professor Gabriele Riccardi.(1) IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE CARINA PROJECT FOR SAFETY, SUSTAINABILITY AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE AGRO-FOOD PRODUCTIONS OF CAMPANIA, “DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENCE NETWORKS BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES – RESEARCH CENTERS – ENTERPRISES” – POR CAMPANIA FSE 2007-2013, AXIS IV AND AXIS V