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About the instructor

Dr. Stefano Vendrame graduated with highest honors from the University of Milan in 2005 with a B.S. in Food Science; and in 2007 with a M.S. in Human Nutrition, subsequently obtaining Italian State licensure to practice the profession of dietitian. In May 2014, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition from the University of Maine with the dissertation “The effects of dietary wild blueberry on inflammation, lipid metabolism and endothelial function in a model of metabolic syndrome: a nutrigenomics approach”.
In 2008, he worked at the European Commission in Brussels both at the Health and Consumer Directorate General (DG SANCO) and the Education and Culture Directorate General (DG EAC), where he contributed to review the current legislation on food additives, and he was elected board member of the Association of Interns of the European Commission.
In June 2009, he received a research fellowship from the Cariplo Foundation to collaborate on the project “Use of biosensors within a multidisciplinary approach for the study of degenerative disease prevention through diet”, working both in Italy at the University of Milan and in the United States as affiliate faculty member at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. 
In December 2009, he was recipient of the SINU Outstanding Research Award, awarded by the Italian Society of Human Nutrition at the 34th National Congress of the Society.
Since 2010, he is member of the the Fulbright Alumni International Exchange Organization, and received a grant from the U.S. - Italy Fulbright Commission, co-sponsored by the United States Department of State and the Italian Foreign Ministry, to conduct research and teaching activity at the University of Maine in the area of food science and human nutrition. In 2013, he was recipient of the Fred Griffee Memorial Award for outstanding achievements in research, awarded by the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture of the University of Maine. 
In November 2011, he founded and managed a non for profit website (www.spaziosfera.com) in Italian language providing open access, public domain resources for nutrition education and dissemination of nutrition information to the general public, both in the form of written articles and video podcasts. 
In March 2012, he was selected by the American Society for Nutrition to write on the Society’s website about nutrition research, advances in the field, and topics discussed in the media. 
Stefano Vendrame is member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Chapter 1; of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Alpha-Beta Chapter for the disciplines of food science/human nutrition and human development/family studies; of the American Society for Nutrition, of the Fulbright Alumni International Exchange Organization and of the Italian Society of Human Nutrition.

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LIST OF PUBLICATIONS for STEFANO VENDRAME

Peer-reviewed papers
- S. Vendrame, D. Klimis-Zacas. The anti-inflammatory effect of anthocyanins via modulation of Nf-kB and MAPKs signaling cascades: A review. Nutrition Reviews (2014), in press
S. Vendrame, A. Zhao, T. Merrow, D. Klimis-Zacas. The effects of wild blueberry consumption on glucose metabolism in the obese Zucker rat, a model of metabolic syndrome. Journal of Medicinal Food (2014), DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2014.0065
T.K. Bloedon, S. Vendrame, J.C. Bolton, R.A. Lehnhard, P. Rizo, D.J. Klimis-Zacas. The effect of wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption on oxidative stress, inflammation, and DNA damage associated with exercise. Journal of Medicinal Food (2014), in press
- S. Vendrame, A.S. Kristo, D. Schuschke, D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild blueberry consumption affects aortic vascular function in the obese Zucker rat. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism (2014) 39:255-61.
- S. Vendrame, A. Daugherty, A.S. Kristo, D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild blueberry-enriched diet (Vaccinium angustifolium) improves dyslipidemia and modulates the expression of genes related to lipid metabolism in obese Zucker rats. British Journal of Nutrition (2014) 111:194-200.
- P. Riso. S. Vendrame, C. Del Bo', D. Martini, A. Martinetti, E. Seregni, F. Visioli, M. Parolini, M. Porrini. Effect of 10-day broccoli consumption on inflammatory status of young healthy smokers.  International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition (2014) 65:106-11.
- P. Riso, C. Del Bo’, S. Vendrame, A. Brusamolino, D. Martini, G. Bonacina, M. Porrini. Modulation of plasma antioxidant levels, glutathione S-transferase activity and DNA damage in smokers following a single portion of broccoli: a pilot study. J Sci Food Agric (2014) 94:522-8.
- S. Vendrame, A. Daugherty, A.S. Kristo, P. Riso. D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption improves inflammatory status in the obese Zucker rat model of the metabolic syndrome. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (2013) 24:1508-12.
- S. Guglielmetti, D. Fracassetti, V. Taverniti V, C. Del Bo', S. Vendrame, D. Klimis-Zacas, S. Arioli, P. Riso, M. Porrini. Differential modulation of human intestinal Bifidobacterium populations after consumption of a wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) drink. J Agric Food Chem (2013) 61:8134-40.
- P. Riso, D. Klimis-Zacas, C. Del Bo', D. Martini, J. Campolo, S. Vendrame, P. Møller, S. Loft, R. De Maria, M. Porrini. Effect of a wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) drink intervention on markers of oxidative stress, inflammation and endothelial function in humans with cardiovascular risk factors. Eur J Nutr (2012) 52:949-61
- S. Vendrame, S. Guglielmetti, P. Riso, S. Arioli, D. Klimis-Zacas, M. Porrini. Six-Week Consumption of a Wild Blueberry Powder Drink Increases Bifidobacteria in the Human Gut, J Agric Food Chem (2011) 59:12815-20
- C. Del Bo’, D. Martini, S. Vendrame, P. Riso, S. Ciappellano, D. Klimis-Zacas, M. Porrini. Improvement of lymphocyte resistance against H2O2-induced DNA damage in Sprague–Dawley rats after eight weeks of a wild blueberry (V. angustifolium)-enriched diet, Mutation Research (2010) 703:158-162
- P. Riso, A. Brusamolino, D. Contino, D. Martini, S. Vendrame, C. Del Bo’, M. Porrini. Lycopene absorption in humans after the intake of two different single-dose lycopene formulations, Pharmacological Research (2010) 62:318-321 

Book Chapters
- P. Riso, C. Del Bo, S. Vendrame. Preventive Effects of Broccoli Bioactives: Role on Oxidative Stress and Cancer Risk. In: V.R. Preedy. Cancer, Oxidative Stress and Dietary Antioxidants, Elsevier Academic Press (2014) 115-126.

Abstracts
D. Klimis-Zacas, S. Vendrame, A. Kristo. Wild Blueberry Consumption (V. angustifolium) Attenuates Local Inflammation in the Perivascular Adipose Tissue (PVAT) of the Obese Zucker Rat (OZR) (Experimental Biology Meeting, Boston, 28-31 March 2015)
 S. Vendrame, A. Daugherty, A.S. Kristo, D. Klimis-Zacas. Dietary wild blueberry attenuates the inflammatory status associated with metabolic syndrome in the obese Zucker rat (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ‘Focusing on Challenges, Envisioning the Future’ Conference, Orono, 1 November 2013)
- T. Bloedon, S. Vendrame, R. Lehnhard, D. Klimis-Zacas. The effect of wild blueberry consumption on the inflammatory response, oxidative stress and DNA damage associated with exercise (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ‘Focusing on Challenges, Envisioning the Future’ Conference, Orono, 1 November 2013)
- S. Vendrame, A.S. Kristo, D.A. Schuschke, D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild blueberry consumption normalizes vascular function and affects gene expression in the aorta of obese Zucker rats (Wild Blueberry Association of North America Fall Meeting, Bangor, 23-25 October 2013)
- S. Vendrame, A.S. Kristo, A. Daugherty, D.A. Schuschke, D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild blueberry-enriched diet affects a1-adrenergic induced vasoconstrictor response in the aorta of obese Zucker rats (Experimental Biology Meeting, Boston, 20-24 April 2013)
- S. Vendrame, A. Daugherty, A.S. Kristo, D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild Blueberry consumption affects lipid profile and gene expression in the obese Zucker rat (Europen Atherosclerosis Society Congress, Milan, 25-28 May 2012)
- S. Vendrame, A. Daugherty, A.S. Kristo, D. Klimis-Zacas. Wild Blueberry consumption markedly attenuates concentration and expression of inflammatory markers in the obese Zucker rat (Experimental Biology Meeting, San Diego, 21-25 April 2012)
- C. Del Bo’, P. Riso, D. Klimis-Zacas, D. Martini, J. Campolo, S. Vendrame, P. Moller, S. Loft, R. De Maria, M. Porrini. Effect of wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption on markers of oxidative stress and endothelial function in subjects with risk factors for cardiovascular disease (36th National Congress of the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, Naples, 12-13 October 2011)
- C. Del Bo’, L. Titta, S. Vendrame, P. Riso, D. Klimis-Zacas, M. Porrini. Regulation of adipose tissue gene expression in vitro and in vivo studies: review on the role of anthocyanins (2nd International Conference on Food-Omics, Cesena, 22-24 June 2011)

Dr. Stefano Vendrame can be contacted at stefano.vendrame@fulbrightmail.org