nugoweekThe 11th NuGO week took place from 8th till 11th September and was hosted by the Italian NuGO member CRA-NUT in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples, Italy). This year’s theme was ‘Nutrigenomics of Foods’. JPI HDHL was on the agenda as well.

ENPADASI-CALL LOGO1The Joint Actions BioNH (a research network on Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health) and ENPADASI (a European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment and Data Sharing Initiative), in the pillars Diet and Food production” and “Diet-related chronic diseases” of the JPI HDHL Strategic Research Agenda are in the final steps for endorsement. 

JPI HDHL Implementation Plan2The first two Task Forces on the Joint Actions presented in the JPI HDHL Implementation Plan 2014-2015 have met in Brussels on September 30th to start the discussion on how to develop the two Joint Actions “Food models and Food processing” and “Intestinal Microbiomics”. Based on a variable geometry approach, 11 JPI HDHL member and observer countries have joined the Task Force meeting. The two actions will be coordinated by respectively Ireland and the Netherlands. The progress of the Task Forces will be published on our website in the upcoming months.

 

FORESIGHTOn 2nd September 2014, a foresight workshop took place in Berlin. The interactive forward-looking event, bringing together members and representatives of various European research organisations and stakeholders, strived to identify future key challenges and opportunities in the area of nutrition, diet and health for the upcoming 10 years. Based on future challenges and opportunities already identified during the previous foresight activities, the participants focussed on which research questions and policy measures are needed to address these challenges and opportunities. Please click here for the report on the foresight workshop. 

ScreenHunter 46 Sep. 22 19.25On 2nd September 2014, a foresight workshop took place in Berlin. The interactive forward-looking event, bringing together members and representatives of various European research organisations and stakeholders, strived to identify future key challenges and opportunities in the area of nutrition, diet and health for the upcoming 10 years.

Based on future challenges and opportunities, identified a previous foresight workshop as well as gathered during the morning session of the current workshop, the participants focussed on which research questions and policy measures are needed to address these challenges and opportunities. In the coming weeks, a report on the foresight event will be published on the JPI HDHL website. The Foresight team of JPI HDHL will process the outcomes of the workshop together with the previous published report on excising foresight studies in the area of JPI HDHL into a final publication. This publication will serve as one of the inputs to review and update the current Strategic Research Agenda of the JPI HDHL. The final foresight publication is due to be ready in December 2014. Please click here for more documentation (e.g. presentation) on the foresight workshop.

Two new organizations have joined the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB) of the JPI HDHL. The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the European Technology Platform (ETP) "Plants for the Future".

EUPHA was founded in 1992 as an umbrella organization in Europe for public health associations and institutes, in Europe. It nowadays collects 71 members from 40 countries. ETP Plants is a stakeholder forum for the plant sector with members from industry, academia and the farming community. ETP Plans has set a European vision for 2025 regarding plant genomics and biotechnology and developed a Strategic Research Agenda to support fulfilling this vision.

With these two new members, the Stakeholder Advisory Board is back at full strength with 15 active stakeholder organisations advising the JPI HDHL on its activities.

Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health (BioNH) is the third Joint Action of the JPI HDHL. The main objective of BioNH is to support interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches for the validation of biomarkers and the investigation of intake/exposure and nutritional status of biomarkers within nutrition and health. 20 joint transnational research proposals were submitted by researchers from 13 JPI HDHL member states. Currently, 20 reviewers are performing a written evaluation of the proposals. Furthermore, a selection of 7 reviewers will be convened during a review panel meeting taking place on the 25th and the 26th of September in Paris, France.

For more information see the BioNH Factsheet Research Area 2: Diet and food production

The European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment Data Sharing Initiative (ENPADASI) is the second Joint Action of the JPI HDHL. Within ENPADASI, researchers from JPI HDHL member states will carry out trans- and multidisciplinary activities aimed at the standardisation of data collection, storage and management of nutritional phenotype data through the development of a common methodology and a shared ICT infrastructure. Currently, a consortium of ca. 50 partners from 9 member states led by coordinator Jildau Bouwman is preparing the ENPADASI Programme Proposal, which will be submitted no later than the 1st of September. Three to five reviewers will perform a written evaluation of the Programme Proposal. Furthermore, the reviewers will be convened during a review panel meeting taking place on the 13th of October in Bonn, Germany.

For more information see the ENPADASI Factsheet Research Area 3: Diet-related chronic diseases

During the MB meeting June, two new members of the SAB of the JPI HDHL were elected. Both researchers were very happy to accept the invitation to become a member of the SAB. As an expert in the field of determinants of diet and physical activity, Professor Maria Daniel Vaz de Almeida from the University of Porto will represent pillar 1. Paul O’Toole from University College Cork is Professor in Microbial Genomics and will take a seat in the Diet and food production pillar. With Professor Chantal Simon and Professor Willem Vos leaving the SAB, the SAB is now back in its complete form.

We would like to express our thanks to Professor Chantal Simon and Professor Willem Vos for their time and effort spend on the SAB of the JPI HDHL!

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The first phase of foresight activities in JPI HDHL terminated with publication of the Report on Existing Foresight, summarizing main trends and drivers of change for future development of healthy diets and healthy lives, based on a review of existing foresight projects and activities in the relevant thematic areas.

The second phase of foresight activities begins with an interactive forward-looking event taking place on 2nd September in Berlin. On the basis of the identified trends and drivers, the foresight workshop will seek to identify key future challenges for healthy diets and healthy lives and explore possibilities to reach shared visions by developing research questions. The workshop participants will be representatives of the management and advisory bodies of the JPI HDHL as well as external experts.

The workshop outcomes will be then reviewed by the advisory boards of the JPI HDHL. Together with other inputs, the advisory board will provide a set of recommendations to the JPI HDHL Management Board in order to adjust and update the current Strategic Research Agenda.