The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy. It is the only one under control of the Research Ministry and that perform multidisciplinary activities. Since 1923, CNR’s mission is to perform research in its own institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources. The Institute of Food Science (ISA-CNR) directed by Dr. D’Auria holds a unique position within the National Research Council of Italy. In fact, it was established in 1994 to meet the need for establishing a national research center in which physicians, biochemists, food technologists, and other different trained scientists could synergistically collaborate to contribute to improving human health through innovative biotechnological and nutritional approaches.
The research activities of CNR-ISA are focused on the study of food quality and safety, as well as the relationship between food composition and health.