Science at EUG2018

Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) and the European Project FOIE GRAS, coordinated by CNC, have been working closely with the organizing team of the European University Games 2018 in order to promote exercise practice and healthy living.


As part of this EUG2018-CNC partnership, the CNC researchers and the FOIE GRAS ESRs have written a series of chronicles that build upon the benefits of exercise practice on health. 

These chronicles result from the collaboration between the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) of the University of Coimbra, the European Advanced Training Network FOIE GRAS (, the Erasmus+ Program and the Academic Sports Federation University (FADU) in the scope of the European University Games Coimbra 2018.


These illustrated chronicles will be published in Portuguese at the local newspaper Diário de Coimbra and you can read here the English version on our website. 


The FOIE GRAS coordinator, Paulo Oliveira wrote the preface chronicle as an introduction to the series. Know more about the project here or here.


 The Inner Beauty of Being Active




Physical exercise, health and fat-free livers: An introduction

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Pumping metabolism: The role of exercise

The idea that physical exercise is advantageous for maintaining good health and longevity is not novel. In fact, organized exercise for physical, mental and social well-being is..
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How my fat liver became very slim

Data from the European Commission show that almost half of the European population never exercise. Portugal is at the bottom of the list with 68% of Portuguese people reporting..
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Good food and exercise a day keeps the doctor away

Nutrition is one of the best allies of exercise. A complete and balanced diet is fundamental for maintaining our health and for a good performance and a good recovery during and..
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A tale of a (too much) sugar and how to fight it

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