The Group for Nutritional Biochemistry and Dietology (NBD) is the youngest group of the Institute for Medical Research of the University of Belgrade, officially formed in September 2020. The group is а part of the Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism. The main subject of scientific research work of the NBD Group is the measurement of nutritional status, nutritional biomarkers and investigation of changes in parameters of lipid status, inflammation, and oxidative stress in pathological conditions, as well as the effects of certain nutrients (fatty acids and polyphenols) on these parameters. Fatty acids have a wide range of biochemical roles in the body and among the most important are their pro- and anti-inflammatory effects. The ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet can significantly affect inflammatory processes in the body, low-grade systemic inflammation, which underlies many chronic non-communicable diseases. On the other hand, polyphenols are the most powerful natural antioxidants, also important in the prevention and treatment of the most common diseases today.

To comprehensively examine changes in lipid metabolism in chronic systemic inflammation (including obesity, rheumatic, cardiovascular, and malignancies), the NBD Group is expanding research into the field of lipidomics. For the realization of these researches, cooperations have been established with relevant laboratories abroad. In cooperation with the Clinical Hospital Centers in Serbia, the NBD Group conducts nutritional intervention studies that include cancer patients (with hematological malignancies, lung and breast cancer) and patients with chronic kidney disease. Modulation of the diet in nutritional therapy of obesity, which is reaching epidemic proportions in our country and globally, is also one of the basic research goals. Furthermore, there is a Nutrition Counselling Center within the NBD Group.

The Group for Nutritional Biochemistry and Dietology has developed an animal model of metabolic syndrome and hyperlipidemia, for studies on the influence of various phytochemicals on insulin resistance and lipid metabolism disorders. The emphasis is cold-pressed juices typical for our area, rich in polyphenols, which opens opportunities for future cooperation with industry.

Group for Nutritional Biochemistry and Dietology – associates


Vesna Vucic, Ph.D. , Research Professor,(Group Leader)


Danijela Ristic-Medic, Ph.D., Research Professor


Aleksandra Arsic, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor


Snjezana Petrovic, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor


Milica Kojadinovic, Ph.D., Scientific Associate


Marija Paunovic, Research Assistant




CA16112: Personalized Nutrition in aging society: redox control of major age-related diseases – NutRedOx (COST action)

Action leader: Prof. Mustapha Cherkaoui-Malki, PhD. Universié de Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2018-2021)

Management Committee member substitute Vesna Vučić, PhD – IMR


CA17112: Prospective European Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network – Pro Euro DILI Net (COST action)

Action leader: Dr. Raul J. Andrede, Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga, Spain, (2019-2022)

Management Committee member Vesna Vučić, PhD – IMR


CA17117: Evidence-based Research in Clinical Health Research- EVBRES (COST action)

Towards an international network for evidence-based research in clinical health research (2019-2022)

Action leader: Prof. Hans Lund, PT, PhD, Department of Mental Health Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Management Committee member Vesna Vučić, PhD – IMR


TRADIFA-Fatty acid profile and trans fatty acid content in composition databases food in traditional food as a guideline towards a healthier choice of our food population (Bilateral project)

Bilateral Scientific Collaboration: Scientific cooperation between Republic of Serbia and Slovenia (2014-2015)

Project Leader from Serbia: Danijela Ristić-Medić MD PhD - IMR

Project Leader from Slovenia:  Marjan Simčić BSc PhD- Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana 


Biological mechanisms, nutritional intake and status of polyunsaturated fatty acids and folate: nutrition improvement in Serbia (National project)

Project Leader: Marija Glibetić – IMR

Subproject leaders – II Food- Vesna Vucic BSc PhD – IMR

         IV Nutrition and health - Danijela Ristic Medic MD PhD-IMR 

Ministry for Education, Science, and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia III41030: 2011-2019


Nutrition as a risk factor, prophylactic and therapeutic factor for health and massive non-communicable diseases among the population (National project)

Project Leader:  Gordana Ristić BSc PhD – IMR

Ministry for Education, Science, and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia 1744: 2001-2005


Foods as the cause of disease and prophylactic factor (National project)

Project Leader:  Snezana Vrbaški, BSc PhD – IMR

Ministry for Education, Science, and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia 13M16.3: 1996-2000


CA19105: Pan-European Network in Lipidomics and EpiLipidomics (EpiLipidNET)

Action leader: Dr Rosario Domingues, University of Aveiro, Department of Chemistry, Campus Santiago, Aveiro, Portugal (2020-2024)

Management Committee member Snjezana Petrovic, PhD - IMR

Coordinator of Inclusiveness Targeted Countries Conferences Grants Committee Snjezana Petrovic, PhD- IMR

Management Committee member substitute Aleksandra Arsic, PhD- IMR



Calorie-Restricted Mediterranean and Low-Fat Diets Affect Fatty Acid Status in Individuals with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Danijela Ristic-Medic, Marijana Kovacic, Marija Takic, Aleksandra Arsic, Snjezana Petrovic, Marija Paunovic, Maja Jovicic, Vesna Vucic. Calorie-Restricted Mediterranean and Low-Fat Diets Affect Fatty Acid Status in Individuals with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Nutrients, 13, 15, 2021


The effects of different caloric restriction diets on anthropometric and cardiometabolic risk factors in overweight and obese females.

Tatjana Mraovic, Sonja Radakovic, Danijela Ristic-Medic, Vesna Tepsic-Ostojic, Slavica Radjen, Zoran Hajdukovic, Aleksandra Cairovic, Gora Miljanovic. Military-Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal of Serbia; 75(1): 30–38, 2018.