Professor Giovanni Scapagnini, the co-founder of Orgaia, spoke at the TEDx Italy in the city of Campobasso about ageing strategies, nutrition and technologies. Prof Scapagnini has spent years studying the population of Okinawa in Japan and other communities around the world that live disease-free and over 100 years of age to understand the secrets of ageing and the genetic processes affected by nutrition. The talk explains what the variables that influence human ageing are and how we can fight certain related diseases. Graduated in Medicine in 1992, PhD in Neurobiology, Prof Scapagnini is currently Full Professor of Human Nutrition (MED 49).
Previously, Prof Scapagnini was Assistant Professor at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, Rockville, Maryland (USA), as well as the Institute of Neurological Sciences of the National Research Council and visiting Professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore (USA). He is also Vice-President of the Italian Society of Nutraceuticals (SINUT) and Deputy Scientific Director of the Sannio Tech Interuniversity Consortium (BN).
His scientific production consists of over 150 publications in international and national journals and 20 international patents in the nutraceutical and biomedical area. Since 2005 he is an editorial consultant and regular guest of Italian TV channels, talking about issues related to nutrition and health. His research activities focus on the study of the biological mechanisms of ageing, in particular of the central nervous system, and on the functional role of plant and food compounds in healthy longevity.
At the international conference organised by Harvard and Padova University titled FROM THE ORIGIN OF LIFE TO THE FUTURE OF OUR LIVES, Prof Giovanni Scapagnini closed the conference talking about immunomodulation, gero-protection and nutraceutical strategies. The conference took place at the University of Padova campus in Italy.
Throught the day, Prof Scapagnini, shared his insights and research on the effects of nutrition on gene expressions: Nutritional signals that modulate ageing and health span: a complex regulatory network for nutrigenomics research.
An extensive literature describes the positive impact of dietary phytochemicals on overall health and longevity. Although the exact mechanisms by which phytochemicals promote these effects remain to be elucidated, several reports have shown their ability to stimulate various mechanisms associated with ageing process, including modulation of NAD+/sirtuin pathway and xenobiotic metabolising enzymes.Dietary phytochemicals include a large group of non-nutrients compounds from a wide range of plant-derived foods and chemical classes. Over the last decade, remarkable progress has been made to realise that chronic, low-grade inflammation and redox unbalance are critical aspects for the development of age-related diseases. The conference was organised in collaboration with BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy).
The President of the Scientific Board of Orgaia, Prof. Giovanni Scapagnini has returned to RAI TV as the regular expert guest of the weekly health & science programme broadcast at prime time on Saturday mornings.
RAI is Italy’s National TV Network. The programme titled BUONGIORNO BENESSERE (Wellbeing Morning) includes a live studio audience and focuses on the latest scientific discoveries in nutrition, wellbeing and beauty. Italy is the first country in Europe in terms of longevity.
In the first episode of the new TV series Prof. Scapagnini talks about extending longevity and Telomere and Chomosome integrity thanks to the effects of the Mediterranean Diet. During the programme Prof. Scapagnini also developed a live experiment to demonstrate the positive effects of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant natural ingredients.
To view the video highlights of the first programme. Click on Video below.
Orgaia’s Professor Giovanni Scapagnini attended the FORUM on ‘Nutritional problems and solutions for Modern Disease Epidemics’ in Hong Kong, China.
Organised by the Chinese Government and Prof Kang of Harvard University the conference focused on the global burden of chronic disease and the need to discuss urgent topics to identify viable solutions. Topics such as, healthcare system challenges, sugar intake and chronic disease. Prof Scapagnini presented on the topic of NUTRIGENIOMICS AND PERSONALISED NUTRITION. His presentation was on ‘Xenohormetic Nutrient signals that modulate Aging: a complex regulatory network for nutrigenomics research’.
Orgaia’s Professor Giovanni Scapagnini attended the FOOD, WATER and HEALTH conference in VENICE, ITALY where he presented THE OKINAWA DIET – SECRET TO LONGEVITY.
The FOOD, WATER and HEALTH conference was organised by the Umberto Veronesi Foundation.
The event presented insights into health topics related to water and food, starting from the contribution that science can give for improving access to drinking water and more nutritious foods in developing countries. There is increasing interest in the link between our diets and modern health problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The conference discussed how our diet has evolved over the past four million years and the evidences suggesting that our health problems are due to a mismatch between the hunter-gatherers diet (Paleolithic diets) and how our genome is best adapted to and our modern post-agricultural diet (Neolithic diet). The event presented a snapshot of the epidemic diffusion of chronic diseases in our society and the research goals of nutrigenomics, the science concerned with the relationships between nutrients, human genome and health. Food is not only energy for life. The nature of food preferences was also explored. How do our taste genes shape our diet? Which factors influence our perception and enjoyment of food and drink? How is food perceived in different cultures? The conference addressed the importance of a healthy diet rich in food bio-actives to prevent chronic diseases and promote healthy aging, with a special focus on the emerging role of intestinal microbiota in our health.
Orgaia’s Prof Giovanni Scapagnini gave a keynote address on INNOVATION at the ‘Global trends, Regulation and Innovation in Food Supplements’ Summit in Italy.
His talk covered the topic:
The global food supplement market is estimated to reach 250 billion$ in 2018 with a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period. The key drivers of growth will be related to increasing consumer awareness and education on the role of food supplements as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle, allowing consumers to make better-informed choices. Overwhelming evidence now supports the effects of food supplements – concentrates of important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids and other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect – in various life stages.
Orgaia’s Prof. Scapagnini joined other world class scientists at the MILAN WORLD EXPO. Prof Scapagnini gave a talk on Nutraceuticals and brain protection as part of his role of Member of the Scientific Committee of the conference.
Nutraceuticals today are no longer just “food supplements”. They are among the main fighters against cardio-metabolic risk factors. Products such as extracts of red rice, phytosterols and omega-3 fish are ideal for a wide segment of the population that needs a preventive intervention for moderate alterations of cholesterol / triglycerides. For hypertensive people they offer amazing results using beet juice, bitter chocolate and its extracts: flavanols. But nutraceuticals have now achieved goals far more extensive. Today the prevention and treatment of early forms of macular degeneration, the eye disease of blindness in the elderly, is dramatically improved with the use of nutraceuticals. Such is the case of joint diseases and food integrators in sports, which avoids the risk of potential doping. Nutraceuticals also differentiate gender needs and requirements, with treatments directed to pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Nutraceuticals also target areas where pharma has failed. Among these some neurological diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease, faced with new perspectives, different from ineffective therapies of anti beta-amyloids. They also offer important innovations in the treatment of obesity.
Orgaia is in the planning stages to work on developing new natural functional sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
This project is in response to the global diabetes and obesity epidemic and the great need to find sweetener alternatives to sugar with low calories that carry new added functionalities.
These ‘functional sweeteners’ project will use Orgaia’s NaturaGenomics™ philosophy and science deriving its innovation from Orgaia’s great expertise in integrating nature and nutrigenomics knowledge.
“It is clear now, that caloric restriction is vital to longevity but people want sweetness in their lives. It is how we balance these two ideas that can make a difference. We are now in the early stages of the new generation of sweetener development in the food industry. At Orgaia we are passionate about truly innovating by providing a sweetener that carries major functional properties based from nature”