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He has expertise in molecular biology and genetic epidemiology and his research activity focuses on the study of gene-environment interaction in multi-factorial diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders, childhood and adult obesity, in large samples of children and adult European and multi-ethnic populations.
He is fully involved in large European Studies: Stance4Health: “Smart Technologies for personAlised Nutrition and Consumer Engagement” Call Identifier H2020-SFS-2018-2020, Grant agreement no: 816303. The overall objective of this project is to develop a complete Smart Personalised Nutrition (SPN) service based on the use of mobile technologies as well as tailored food production that will optimize the gut microbiota activity and long-term consumer engagement. IFamily: “Determinants of eating behaviour in European children, adolescents and their parents” (THEME [KBBE.2010.2.1-01] [Determinants of food choice and eating habits – Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4] Grant agreement no: 266044), and – IDEFICS: “Identification and prevention of Dietary- and lifestyle-induced health EFfects In Children and infantS” (European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme FOOD-CT-2006-016181-2), both aiming at evaluating the relationships between genetic, dietary –also in terms of food choice and preferences- and lifestyle factors and the development of obesity in children and adolescents.
The IMMIDIET Study (CE Financing: QLK1-2000-00100, Fifth Framework Programme, Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources-Key Action 1- Food, Nutrition and Health), a collaboration with the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, United Kingdom for the genotyping of about 1500 adults of both sexes belonging to different ethnic groups.
Sparano, F. Lauria, W. Ahrens, A. Fraterman, B.Thumann, L. Iacoviello, S. Marild, N. Michels, D. Molnar, L. A. Moreno, M. Tornaritis, T. Veidebaum and A. Siani Sleep duration and blood pressure in children: analysis of the pan-European IDEFICS cohort. J Clin Hypertens. 2019 Mar 20;00,1-7.
Iacomino, P. Russo, P. Marena, F. Lauria, A. Venezia, W. Ahrens, S. De Henauw, P. De Luca, R. Foraita, K. Günther, L. Lissner, D. Molnár, L.A. Moreno, M. Tornaritis, T. Veidebaum, A. Siani. Circulating microRNAs are associated with early childhood obesity: results of the I.Family Study. Genes Nutr. 2019 Jan 9;14:2.
Russo, F. Lauria, A. Siani. “Regulation of Potassium Homeostasis”, in Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, Elsevier, 2018.
Santaliestra-Pasías, J. E. Llamas Dios, O. Sprengeler, A. Hebestreit, S. De Henauw, G. Eiben, R. Felsö, F. Lauria, M. Tornaritis, T. Veidebaum, V. Pala, L. A. Moreno “Food and beverage intakes according to physical activity levels in European children: the IDEFICS Study” Public Health Nutr. 2018 Feb 19:1-9.
F. Lauria, A. Siani, C. Picó, W. Ahrens, K. Bammann, S. De Henauw, R. Foraita, L. Iacoviello, Y. Kourides, S. Marild, D. Molnar, L. A. Moreno, Y. Pitsiladis, J. Sánchez, T. Veidebaum, G. Wang, and P. Russo, and on behalf of the IDEFICS Consortium. “A common variant and the transcript levels of MC4R gene are associated with adiposity in children: the IDEFICS Study.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Sep 1:jc20161992.
F. Lauria, A. Siani, K. Bammann, R. Foraita, I. Huybrechts, L. Iacoviello, A. C. Koni, Y. Kourides, S. Marild, D. Molnar, L. A. Moreno, I. Pigeot, Y. P. Pitsiladis, T. Veidebaum, P. Russo, on behalf of the IDEFICS Consortium “Prospective Analysis of the Association of a Common Variant of FTO (rs9939609) with Adiposity in Children: Results of the IDEFICS Study” Plos One, 2012;7:11.
P. Russo, F. Lauria & A. Siani. “Genetic Factors”, Chapter 15 in “Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents – Prevalence and Etiology”. W. Ahrens, I. Pigeot, L. A. Moreno Eds., Springer, New York, NY, USA, 2011; 239-252.
Epidemiology and Population Genetic Unit (HEALTH)