The Scientific Unit of Excellence on Exercise, Nutrition and Health (in Spanish Unidad Científica de Excelencia en Ejercicio, Nutrición y Salud, UCEENS) focuses on the research of the benefits of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of the main chronic non-communicable diseases of the 21st century. The UCEENS is a multidisciplinary Unit of Excellence, which combines 3 large research lines: (i) Exercise Physiology, (iii) Nutritional Biochemistry, and (iii) Physical Therapy in Sports and Cancer. The UCEENS comprises researchers from five University Departments: (i) Physical Education and Sports, (ii) Physiology, (iii) Physical Therapy, (iv) Health Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and (v) Radiology and Physical Medicine. The combination of the knowledge and skills of Research Guarantors, Doctors and Predoctoral trainees makes possible substantial advances in the frontiers of knowledge.
With values such as rigor and scientific excellence, the UCEENS has the aim to become a world benchmark in the area of exercise, nutrition, and health. It has the purpose of contributing with its research to a healthier society through exercise and nutrition.
The Unit has the aim to move forward the scientific knowledge in order to better understand the impact of exercise, health, and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases of the 21st century.
The Unit has a large number of PhD researchers undergoing training. It intends to increase its capacity to attract Post-Doc talent at a local, regional, national, and international level, and to train researchers committed to science in the lines of interest to this Unit.
Public health issues
The Unit identifies, assesses, and combats health problems of public interest related to the most prevalent chronic non-communicable diseases of the 21st century. It intends to offer scientific answers with exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle as the central axis. The Unit collaborates with universities, research centres in Andalusia, national and international research centres, enterprises, and both public and private health institutions.