ERA HDHL: Cofunded call for research proposals

The JPI HDHL -together with the European Commission - is going to launch a new joint transnational call for research proposals: "Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (BioNH)“ using the ERA-NET Cofund instrument. The transnational call will focus on the “development and validation of biomarkers for nutrition and health, including nutritional intake, nutritional status, physical activity-related health, diet-related health and risk of developing diet-related diseases”.

Within the JPI HDHL Joint Action "Intestinal Microbiomics", six projects will be funded. The projects focus on to increase knowledge on the effects of diet, on human intestinal microbiota and the impact of diet-related variations in the intestinal microbiota on human health and/or the development of non-communicable chronic diseases.

The Joint Action ‘Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub’ resulted in the Knowledge Hub MaNuEL, which brings together research groups from 7 countries. The researchers will work together to build better research capacity on Malnutrion in the Elderly across Europe.

The Knowledge HUB DEDIPAC - Determinants of diet and physical activity– a Joint Action launched by JPI HDHLpublished an article in BMC Public Health. The article titled ‘implementation conditions for diet and physical activity interventions and policies: an umbrella review.

Two transnational research consortia including 12 research groups from 7 European countries have been selected for funding under the umbrella of the JPI HDHL Joint Call "Food Processing for Health". Projects will focus on a broad range of research questions, looking at developing innovative or optimizing value-added processing of food substrates (fish, milk, cereals,meat) to produce safe, healthy, high organoleptic quality and sustainable products.

The ERA-HDHL application, an ERA-NET Cofund submitted in the H2020 WP 2015 has been positively evaluated by the European Commission and JPI HDHL is in the process of preparing the Grant Agreement. 

Five transnational research consortia including 26 research groups from 9 European countries have been recommended for funding under the umbrella of the JPI HDHL Joint Call "Nutrition and Cognitive Function". Projects will focus on a broad range of research questions, such as the interactions between diet, cognition and stress, the relation between dietary bioactives and cognitive ageing, or the influence of specific nutritional components on brain plasticity and development. A wide range of research approaches will be covered, from basic aspects to pre-clinical and clinical approaches, and a great variety of methods will be employed, such as neurochemical analyses, brain imaging, metabolomics, (epi-)genetics, epidemiological work or dietary interventions.
Researchers from Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom will closely collaborate in these networks. The projects were reviewed by an international expert panel and selected from 39 applications. 10 funding organisations are joining forces to financially support the projects with an envisaged budget of about 5.7 M€.

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Prof. Edith Feskens has been appointed as vice chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of JPI HDHL. She takes over the role of Prof. Helen Roche, who has been elected as the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, summer 2015.

The JPI HDHL is deeply saddened to report that our esteemed Scientific Advisory Board member Dr.Jean Fioramonti passed away. Dr. Jean Fioramonti became a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the JPI HDHL in May 2013. He represented the 3rd research area called ‘Diet-related Chronic Diseases’.

The Knowledge Hub on the Determinants of diet and physical activity– a Joint Action launched by JPI HDHL – has another paper published on an international journal, based on work in Work Package 1.2 “Assessment and harmonization of assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviours”