Food Values Tuscany | Francesco Sofi
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Francesco Sofi

Francesco Sofi is Associate Professor of Food Science and Clinical Nutrition at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine of the School of Human Health Sciences of the University of Florence. He is also an M.D. at the Unit of Clinical Nutrition of the University Hospital of Careggi, in Florence; Vice President of the Master Degree in Food Science of the University of Florence, and Vice Director of the Interdipartimental Centre for Research on Food and Nutrition of the University of Florence. Prof. Sofi also teaches at the Master Degree Course of Medicine and at the Course Degree of Dietitian of the University of Florence.


He currently is a member board of the Italian Society of Human Nutrition (SINU) and holds membership in the National Committee for Health Research of the Minister of Health; the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis (SISA); the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR).


A researcher in Food Science and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Florence from 2007 to 2015, Prof Sofi devotes his time to the clinical prevention of cardiovascular diseases, focusing on the role of nutrition and dietary habits and genetics in the occurrence of major chronic diseases; the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases, and the role of physical activity as preventing factor for cardiovascular disease.


Prof Sofi is the author of some 150 peer-reviewed international scientific studies, the recipient of several national and international prizes. He is in the list of Top Italian Scientists, in research .


He received his MD in 2002 and in 2006 received a  Ph.D. in Clinical Pathophysiology and Ageing at the University of Florence, with a thesis entitled “Nutrition for health and prevention of disease”.