“HDHL-INTIMIC” (INtesTInal MICrobiomics) started on 01 December and is the latest activity initiated by JPI HDHL. 14 funding organisations from 9 JPI HDHL partner countries combine their efforts to fund excellent research projects and support the establishment of a transnational and transdisciplinary Knowledge Platform. Research projects as well as Knowledge Platform will both focus on the interrelations between the intestinal microbiome and diet and the resulting health effects.
There is increasing scientific evidence that the intestinal microbiota and its composition greatly influence metabolic processes and thereby affecting the onset and development of lifestyle-related diseases. However, the underlying mechanisms of these interrelations are still largely unknown. Building on the previous achievements of the JPI HDHL joint action INTESTINAL MICROBIOMICS “HDHL-INTIMIC” will further enhance the collaboration between HDHL member countries, the JPI and the European Commission (EC), as well as the establishment of research networks across borders and disciplines. A joint transnational call on the “Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health” cofunded by the EC will be launched early next year. Complementary to this a comprehensive “Knowledge Platform for Intestinal Microbiomics, Diet and Health” will be implemented as an additional networking action. It will be open to scientists from all relevant disciplines as well as stakeholders and will aim at fostering cooperation in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and method standardisation.
The overall aim of HDHL-INTIMIC is to build a solid knowledge base for the development of new strategies and products for health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases through diet-dependent modulation of the intestinal microbiome. In addition, “HDHL-INTIMIC” will launch at least one other additional joint funding action in line with the JPI HDHL Implementation Plan.
List of HDHL-INTIMIC participants: