Created in 2014, the International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet (IFMeD) is a pole of MULTI-DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE and EXPERTISE internationally recognized for the RE-VALORIZATION of the Mediterranean Diet.
IFMeD rounds up subjects interested in enhancing Mediterranean Diet at 360°, tangible and recognizable scientific vehicle of added value for the whole community: institutions, universities and research centers, industries and consumers.
IFMeD aims to raise public awareness of healthy and sustainable nutrition, making it a central issue, and to promote the international cooperation agreements with actors both public and private stakeholders to support and pursue the values and benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.
IFMeD develops its programs with the support of various bodies which provide its governance and vouch for its transparency.
The board share a commitment to the goals and objectives of IFMeD.
Chairman of IFMeD
He is Professor of Preventive Medicine & Public Health and Director of the Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He is also the group coordinator of Ciber OBN at the Instituto Carlos III. He serves on the Steering Committee, among others, of the following European Union Projects: EURRECA: EURopean RECommendations Aligned .Harmonising nutrient recommendations across Europe with special focus on vulnerable groups and consumer understanding; BENERIS: Benefit-Risk assessment for food: an iterative value-of-information approach; PIPS: Personalised Information Platform for Life and Health Services and ENHR II: European Nutrition Health Report II. He is also involved in the Spanish Ministry of Health’s Thematic Networks of Cooperative Health Research (RETICs): Healthy eating and the prevention of chronic diseases: the Predimed Network.
General Secretary of IFMeD
He is the founder and coordinator of the Forum on Mediterranean Food Cultures and, since 2002, he has fostered an enduring multidisciplinary dialogue among international experts, from different fields and from all over the Mediterranean area. Dr. Dernini received in 1974 his Doctor’s degree in Biology from the University of Cagliari (Italy) and in 1997 his Ph.D. from the School of Education of New York University. In 2007, he was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture of Italy as a member of the Italian Technical Committee for the inclusion of the Mediterranean Diet in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. From 2007 to 2010, dr. Dernini was the Head of the Office of the President of the Italian National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition. From 2009 to the present time, Dr. Dernini is a consultant at FAO on sustainable diets and sustainable food systems.and has published studies on Mediterranean diet as a case study for the assessment of the sustainability of diets.
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
It works in order to analize, validate and update scientific information, to monitor and provide trend studies and proved scientific reports.
International Scientific Committee Chairperson
His research interests include the sociotype and coping with chronic disease, the bio-psycho-social problems of weight regulation, the Mediterranean diet and the effects of nutrition on cognitive function. He has been a visiting scientist at MIT, Rockefeller, Cambridge and Yale Universities. A former Director of the Braun School of Public Health, and the Dept of Human Nutrition, as well as Head of the WHO Center in Capacity Building in the Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem. He worked as a Consultant at the FAO, Rome 2013-4 on the metrics of Food Security and Sustainability.