Prof. Dr. Andreu Palou receives the National Prize of Food and Health of the University of Navarra

Andreu PalouProf. Dr. Andreu Palou, Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of the Balearic Island (UIB), has received the National Prize of Food and Health annually awarded by the University of Navarra. The awards have taken place in Pamplona in the frame of the 5th Workshop on Updates in Nutrition and Health Indexes of the University of Navarra. Prof. Dr. Francesca Serra, Chair of Nutrition of the UIB, and Dr. Catalina Picó, lecturer of Biochemistry of the UIB and member of the scientific committee of the Spanish Agency of Alimentary Security (AESAN) have also attended the meeting.

This award recognises Dr. Andreu Palou’s research in nutrition and food. This prize is awarded every year by the Department of Food, Physiology, and Toxicology Sciences of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Navarra. It is a prize of national and international level in the field of nutrition.

Prof. Dr. Andreu Palou has been vice-president of the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Commission (1997-2002), vice-president of the Scientific Panel on Nutrition of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (2002-2009) and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Food Safety Agency (AESAN) (2003-2010).

Currently he coordinates the European project BIOCLAIMS (2010-2015), on new scientific basis for health claims on foods, is a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Biomedical Research Network of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn) and directs the research group in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology-Nutrigenomics Nutrition of the UIB.

Andreu Palou has directed many doctoral theses and has authored books and international patents and over 250 articles in prestigious international journals, mainly in the field of nutrigenomics and obesity.

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