Nutrition & Dietetics Program
02 Ottobre 2018

CTR – Rehabilitation Therapy Centre - Reggio Emilia – Italy          

Overview and location

CTR was born in November 1996 and now is located in the western suburbs of Reggio Emilia (North of Italy), in the hamlet of Pieve Modolena, in Fratelli Cervi Street 59/e just 3 km from the highway. It is easily reached along the northern section of the ring road and is surrounded by a car parking with a capacity of 100 cars. It is also served by lines 2 and 3 buses of the local transportation (ACT).

Currently CTR occupies a total area of 3,300 m2 after the expansion of the diagnostics department and the installation of two modern for Magnetic Resonance Tomographs, of 0.4 and 1.5 TESLA. There is also a large rehabilitation swimming pool for functional re-education at a water temperature of 34 °C. The rehabilitation bath has been renewed and expanded in 2011 according to the most modern technologies. The pool’s dimensions are is of 12 x 5 x 1.2 meters, and also equipped with an elevator, for those who have problems in walking, as well as hydro-massage and counter-current swimming.

Moreover A gym, 18 outpatient clinics in different specialities, 10 physiotherapy boxes, 8 individual therapy clinics, 1 rehabilitation bath, 1 rehabilitation gym equipped with Techno gym Kinesis, a hall equipped with video-conferencing operating systems available for workshops and professional courses are available.  

Every day, nearly 500 clients access to the services offered by CTR.

Quality system & Accreditation by the Italian National Health System

In 2000 the CTR was recognized by UNI EN ISO 9001: 2000 Quality System, and to maintain a high quality level, it is periodically controlled for quality by external certification bodies. Moreover CTR is accredited with the Italian National Health System since 1996, and in following years of activity the CTR has provided on behalf of the Italian National Health System nearly 900,000 medical services. Mainly these services were offered to patients with traumatic, acute and chronic diseases of the musculoskeletal system and other diseases that required all diagnostic tests and treatments available at the CTR. To be able to respond to the welfare priorities of the population, CTR offers a diagnostic service of a proven value sealed by the latest generation technology and high skills of healthcare professionals. Hence CTR is an accredited-affiliated centre, in which the Public Health Agencies can find the maximum collaboration and where the citizen can get answers to their needs in the shortest possible time.


Director: Professor Marwan El Ghoch
• Full Professor in Clinical Nutrition and Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics – Faculty of Health Sciences – Beirut Arab University (BAU) – Beirut – Lebanon

• MD earned from the University of Bologna (Italy), and specialist in Clinical Nutrition degree earned from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). He has numerous publications in peer review international journals on treatment of obesity and eating disorders. He is an expert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy after has attended and passed the Master's exam - Therapy and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.

Clinical Service
• Outpatient management of patients with overweight, obesity and complicated obesity associated with diseases as type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension and metabolic syndrome. The treatment is an innovative lifestyle modification program based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for obesity (CBT-OB).

Research centre and Education
The centre is a platform for students and professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics to promote and improve their skills in nutritional therapy in outpatient settings, and an environment for running research in the field of nutrition, in the general population, in patients affected by nutrition-related diseases and in athletes with particular interest for the study of:

• Body composition assessment with gold standard instruments namely the DXA scans, and high-resolution whole body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

• Resting energy expenditure measured by means of indirect calorimetry based on the ratio consumed O2 (VO2) and the produced CO2 produced (VCO2) in the time unit.

• Physical Fitness and Sport performance.

• Department of Nutrition & Dietetics – Faculty of Health Sciences – Beirut Arab University (BAU) – Beirut – Lebanon