Paola Russo


Name: Paola
Surname: Russo
Skill: Senior Researcher
Phone: (Office) +39 0825 299 423
Phone: (Lab) +39 0825 299 261
Fax: +39 0825 299 641
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Keywords: nutrition, epidemiology, genetics, obesity, cardiovascular diseases
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Researcher Activities


The research activity of Paola Russo is focused on the study of the interaction between dietary habits and genetic and biochemical factors involved in multifactorial diseases in large population samples, and on the improvement of human health through nutritional strategies. The research area primarily involves the investigation of genetic, biochemical, inflammatory and dietary factors, using epidemiology approaches, in the cause and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and of adult and childhood obesity. Her activity is mainly focused on the evaluation 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, in the frame of European projects (IDEFICS and I.Family).

Key Publications

  • Nappo A, González-Gil EM, Ahrens W, Bammann K, Michels N, Moreno LA, Kourides Y, Iacoviello L, Mårild S, Fraterman A, Molnàr D, Veidebaum T, Siani A, Russo P.
    Analysis of the association of leptin and adiponectin concentrations with metabolic syndrome in children: Results from the IDEFICS study.
    Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2017;27:543-551. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2017.04.003.
  • Dello Russo M, Ahrens W, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Hebestreit A , Kourides Y, Lissner L, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Pala V, Veidebaum T, Siani A, Russo P; on behalf of the IDEFICS Consortium.
    The Impact of Adding Sugars to Milk and Fruit on Adiposity and Diet Quality in Children: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analysis of the Identification and Prevention of Dietary- and  Lifestyle-Induced Health Effects in Children and Infants (IDEFICS) Study.
    Nutrients 2018;10:1350; doi:10.3390/nu10101350
  • Intemann T, Pigeot I, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Lissner L, Krogh V, Dereń K,Molnár D, Moreno LA, Russo P, Siani A, Sirangelo I, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Pala V; I.Family consortium.
    Urinary sucrose and fructose to validate self-reported sugar intake in children and adolescents: results from the I.Family study.
    Eur J Nutr. 2019;58:1247-1258. doi: 10.1007/s00394-018-1649-6.
  • Nappo A, Sparano S, Intemann T, Kourides YA, Lissner L, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Pala V, Sioen I, Veidebaum T, Wolters M, Siani A, Russo P.
    Dietary calcium intake and adiposity in children and adolescents: cross-sectional and longitudinal results from IDEFICS/I.Family cohort.
    Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2019; 29:440-449.
  • Börnhorst C, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Molnár D, Lissner L, Marild S, De Henauw S, Moreno LA, Intemann T, Wolters M, Ahrens W, Floegel A, on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia.
    Metabolic status in children and its transitions during childhood and adolescence – The IDEFICS/I.Family study.
    Int J Epidemiol. 2019;48:1673-1683. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyz097
  • Marth S, Börnhorst C, Mehlig K, Russo P, Moreno LA, De Henauw S, Veidebaum T, Molnár D, Tornaritis M, Risé P, Wolters M; IDEFICS and I.Family consortia.
    Associations of whole blood polyunsaturated fatty acids and insulin resistance among European children and adolescents.
    Eur J Pediatr. 2020;179:1647-1651. doi: 10.1007/s00431-020-03636-1
  • Börnhorst C, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Molnár D, Lissner L, Mårild S, De Henauw S, Moreno LA, Floegel A, Ahrens W, Wolters M.
    The role of lifestyle and non-modifiable risk factors in the development of metabolic disturbances from childhood to adolescence.
    Int J Obes (Lond)  2020;44:2236–2245. doi: 10.1038/s41366-020-00671-8.
  • Sirangelo I, Borriello M, Liccardo M, Scafuro M, Russo P, Iannuzzi C.
    Hydroxytyrosol Selectively Affects Non-Enzymatic Glycation in Human Insulin and Protects by AGEs Cytotoxicity.
    Antioxidants, 2021;10:1127 doi: 10.3390/antiox10071127
  • Lauria F, Dello Russo M, Formisano A, De Henauw S, Hebestreit A, Hunsberger M, Krogh V, Intemann T, Lissner L, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Reisch LA, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Williams G, Siani A, Russo P. On behalf of the I.Family consortium.
    Ultra-processed foods consumption and diet quality of European children, adolescents and adults: results from the I.Family study.
    Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases 2021;31:3031-3043
    doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2021.07.019.125.
  • Wolters M, Intemann T, Russo P, Moreno LA, Molnár D, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Ahrens W, Floegel A on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia.
    25-Hydroxyvitamin D reference percentiles and the role of their determinants among European children and adolescents.
    Eur J Clin Nutr. 2021 Jul 23. doi: 10.1038/s41430-021-00985-4