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Enzo Spisni

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: BIO/09 Physiology

Curriculum vitae

Updated:April 2020

Enzo Spisni is associate professor and head of the Laboratory of Translational Physiology and Nutrition of the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Bologna. He is a member of the scientific committee of the II level Master in Nutrition and Health Education, University of Bologna.

Adjunct professor, he teaches the fundamental course Physiology of Nutrition, Degree in Health Biology, Nutrition and Environmental Sustainability  and various lessons in the II level Master in Nutrition and Health Education.

From 2008 he began to collaborate with physician, specialist of the gastro-intestinal tract, on various studies aimed at understanding the alteration of the physiological mechanisms involved in the onset of intestinal diseases, through the study of translational physiology. The researches that are born and developed in these collaborative projects are directed more and more towards the understanding of the complex interactions between nutrients and the physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract. These mechanisms primarily involve immunity, but also the enteric nervous system and the intestinal microbiome, an element of fundamental integration between the nutrients and the physiology of the host. Among these collaborations, still ongoing, we recall that with the Regional Reference Center for Chronic Intestinal Inflammatory Diseases of the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, directed by prof. Paolo Gionchetti. As part of these numerous and fruitful collaborations, Dr. Spisni has strongly contributed to bringing the Physiological and Nutritional vision into the more purely clinical vision of his collaborators. Just from this integration, pre-clinical and clinical studies have been developed to evaluate the effect of nutrition on the regulation of the physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract, through nutrient signaling and microbiota modulation mechanisms. These studies have been carried out both on animal models and on patients, in the form of pilot clinical studies.

From 2014 he collaborates with the agronomist group of the same University, coordinated by prof. Giovanni Dinelli, in order to improve the nutritional characteristics of wheat cultivars.

An all-round expert in nutrition, he collaborates with magazines and websites (eg Focus, Il Fatto Alimentare, Life, etc.) in order to disseminate correct information on nutrition and that of environmental sustainability of diets. He has been a guest on some television programs as a nutrition expert (Report, Patti Chiari, A Coffee with The Expert).

He is the author of over 80 publications in important international scientific journals and of the university textbook De Bellis, Alimentazione, Nutrizione e Salute (EdiSES).

He received the National Qualification as  Full Professor on 3/8/2018.

He collaborates with various companies in the Food and Food Supplement Sectors.

Since 2015 he has been the CEO of the Spin-off Targeting Gut Disease Srl, whose shareholder is the University of Bologna, which deals with the study and formulation of innovative food supplements aimed at modulating intestinal physiology. In July 2020 Targeting Gut Disease won a European project for the production of a food suplement to improove immune system against Sars-Cov-2.

From May 2019 he is a member of the scientific committee of Good Land, a multi-disciplinary collective aimed at experimenting new models of agri-food regeneration.