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The Commission adopted on 14 March 2018 the Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud. The document presents the results and available evidence from an extensive consultation process that started with the publication of the Communication: European Cloud initiative. The consultation upheld the intervention logic presented in the Communication: to create a fit for purpose pan-European federation of research data infrastructures, with a view to moving from the current fragmentation to a situation where data is easy to store, find, share and re-use.

The Food Biomarkers Alliance, FOODBALL is a project funded by the JPI HDHL in the Joint Action Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health. It aimed at identifying, quantifying and validating dietary biomarkers to obtain a good coverage of the food intake in different population groups within Europe and improve the capabilities of nutritional assessment and research.
The FOODBALL consortium includes 22 partners from 11 JPI HDHL countries and a partner from New Zealand as an observer. The project ran for three years from December 2014 to December 2017 and the finals results will be presented and discussed in the final conference that will be held on 14 May 2018 in Wageningen (NL).

ILSI Europe and the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) organised a free webinar on the 12th of April (15.00 - 16.30 CEST). The aim of this joint webinar was to highlight the conclusions on the beneficial aspects of (gut) microbial fermentation resulting from recent activities of both scientific organisations.

ILSI Europe is an important stakeholder of the JPI HDHL and the content of this webinar was closely related to running JPI HDHL Joint Actions on Intestinal Microbiomics. From ILSI Europe, the webinar was organised by the Prebiotics and Functional Foods Task Forces.

Missions could be a powerful way to create measurable impact, with a transformative potential for science, industry and society. To solve the global challenges of our time, part of the answer could be a mission-oriented approach in FP9 for R&I. Professor Mariana Mazzucato was asked by Research, Science and innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas to advise him on missions. On 22 February 2018, prof. Mazzucato presented her report on missions. A call for feedback has been opened by the Commission until 3 April 2018 to collects views from stakeholders on future research and innovation missions.

Following up on our previous news about the role of the City Labs and Policy Labs in the Fit4Food2030 project, we are happy to announce the six countries and one region that will be running a Policy Lab. They are:
  • Flanders
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
The coordinators of the City and Policy Labs came together on 22nd and 23rd February for their first training session. At the VU University in Amsterdam the participants got to know each other and learned more about everybody’s motivation to join the project.
There were informative sessions about the goals of the Labs and Fit4Food2030 in general, but also various exercises to develop important skills.

43 research teams from eight countries involved in 11 research projects will start working for the upcoming two to three years to gather new insights about the relationship of diet, intestinal microbiome and health. Nine additional research teams will collaborate with them with own resources. A summary of each project is now available on the JPI HDHL website dedicate section. Together with other actions of the ERA-Net, these projects should contribute to the development of new strategies, health promoting products and the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases.

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 continued its webinar series debating these recommendations on Feb 27, 2018 at 3.30 PM.