JPI HDHL is delighted to announce that Poland has joined the call “Nutrition & the Epigenome”.
Germany and Spain (ISCIII) have also finalized their participation. In total 11 countries support collaborative research projects that gain a better understanding of the diet- epigenome relationships and their effect on human health. Research in the area of nutrition & the epigenome is expected to provide insights that allow the development and scientific substantiation of intervention strategies for sustaining good health through all life stages and treating nutrition-related diseases.

Please check the call documents for all information. (Note; the call text and guidelines for applicants have been updated).
Despite a wealth of data on how nutrients and diets may support cognitive functions and preserve brain health, the therapeutic and pharmacological potential of these natural compounds still remains to be fully translated in humans and in clinical conditions.
ILSI, one of the members of the JPI HDHL SHAB is organizing a Symposium on “Nutrition for the Ageing Brain: Moving Towards Clinical Applications” with the purpose to debate with experts the potential for maintaining cognitive function through dietary intake. The Symposium will take place on 30-31 August 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Although various organisations have endorsed the principle of providing the scientific community with access to individual participant data from clinical trials, and several initiatives promote data sharing and have provided recommendations, a global consensus is needed. Within the H2020-funded CORBEL project, ECRIN (the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network) working with a large, international group of experts, produced a consensus document listing clear, broadly based and pragmatic recommendations supporting the sharing and reuse of individual-participant data from clinical trials. The CORBEL project continues its webinar series debating these recommendations on Feb 27, 2018 at 3.30 PM.

A crucial challenge of the Joint Programming Process is the alignment of national and European research programmes and activities with the vision and the strategic research agenda endorsed by the participating countries. The goal of alignment activities is the reorientation of country’s national programmes, priorities or activities as a consequence of the adoption of a common research agenda. This research agenda aims to strengthen the food, nutrition and health research community and improve efficiency of investments. To support a broad implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda of JPI HDHL, a Toolbox has been made available on the JPI HDHL website with practical materials to be used at national level to promote discussion about JPI HDHL,

On European and global level there is a substantial amount of international initiatives that partly or fully relate with the scope and objectives of JPI HDHL. Over 100 organizations-initiatives have been identified that are active on an European or Global level to programme, promote, support and or develop the ERA on food, nutrition, physical activity and health.
The Stakeholder Framework searching tool has been made available on the JPI HDHL website that can help to find JPI’s stakeholders and initiatives per JPI HDHL pillar and/or subcategory.

JPI HDHL is delighted to announce that Latvia intends to participate in the call “Nutrition & the Epigenome”. In total 10 countries intend to participate in this new call. The aim of the call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that gain a better understanding of the diet- epigenome relationships and their effect on human health. Research in the area of nutrition & the epigenome is expected to provide insights that allow the development and scientific substantiation of intervention strategies for sustaining good health through all life stages and treating nutrition-related diseases.

The central objective of the Fit4Food2030 project, that started in November 2017, is to establish a self-sustaining FOOD2030 platform.

The Fit4Food City Labs and Policy Labs are important building blocks of this platform.

The City Labs will develop hands-on trainings for students, consumers, researchers and professionals linking science centres and science shops in Europe to the network of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, bringing a wide diversity of actors together.

The seven cities where a City Lab will be run by a local science shop or museum are now known.

Countries now have the opportunity to join Fit4Food2030 by running a Policy Lab. The goal of the Policy Labs is to establish multi-stakeholder strategic alignment and policy coherence in order to inform the national FNS research agenda and ensure maximum impact of R&I. To achieve this, the Policy Lab creates a dialogue between regional and national stakeholders along the FNS value chain, including science, industry and consumers, to explore novel ways of policy design. To find out more about the Policy Labs and how you can apply, go to the Fit4Food2030 website.

In light of the upcoming discussions about the future framing of research and innovation in Europe, the ten JPIs released a joint statement on how to address grand societal challenges at the beginning of December.

It sets out the achievements of the JPIs and their ambitions for the future and has been sent to members of the EU parliament and the GPC. The key message is strengthening joint programming to inform policy and support decision making through excellent research, from local to global levels.
JPI HDHL is pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd non-cofunded action under ERA-HDHL in the emerging field of nutrition & epigenetics.

A more complete understanding of the relationships between nutrition and health is central to deliver the vision of the JPI HDHL. However, even with modern genomics research and current dietary assessment methods, it is challenging to identify the key mechanisms by which diet influences health, and to establish causal relationships and predict outcomes. Investigating the fine regulation of genes, epigenetics, could provide the missing link.
The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that gain a better understanding of the diet- epigenome relationships and their effect on human health.

Time line
The launch of the new call is planned on 6th February 2018. Research proposals can be submitted until 12th April 2018.