Working Groups on Diet-related Diseases (2017)

In 2017 JPI HDHL launched a rapid action call to support a community-led working group that can push forward the field of diet-related chronic diseases. The working group that has been funded started in 2018 for one year.


Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading causes of death worldwide. Furthermore, treatment of people with chronic diseases accounts for the majority of the healthcare cost in Europe and other western countries. High blood pressure, overweight and obesity, hyperglycaemia and hyperlipidaemia are four key metabolic/physiopathological alterations increasing the risk of chronic diseases. Unhealthy dietary habits and low levels of physical activity are known to cause dysregulation of these sets of metabolic risk factors. Therefore, the promotion of healthy lifestyles with better diets and increased levels of physical activity is of utmost importance for prevention of the onset of diet-related chronic diseases in Europe and beyond.

Aim of the call

By establishing working groups the JPI HDHL aimed to support transnational cooperation and communication between individual researchers, research groups and research organisations in order to merge knowledge, data and research results. This would improve our capacity to understand the qualitative and quantitative links between diet, nutritional phenotype and risk factors for diet-related chronic diseases. Examples of outputs of the working groups were white papers, prospective views, guidelines, or best practice frameworks of value to the wider research community and with societal impact.

Call topics
The JPI HDHL selected the following topics to be addressed in the Working Groups:

  1. Economic evaluation of dietary interventions and/or physical activity interventions
  2. Integrated chronic disease prevention and management
  3. Scouting exercise for existing intervention studies and explore the possibilities of merging

The purpose of the Knowledge Hub (KH) was to increase and facilitate transnational communication, cooperation and coordination between individual researchers, research groups and research organisations in order to build a productive and sustainable competence network in the field of malnutrition.

Participating countries
CountryFunding OrganisationAbbreviation
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO
France French National Research Agency ANR
The Netherlands The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development ZonMw
Norway * The Research Council of Norway RCN

* Did not fund research projects in this call

Funded project
@OBEDIS Prof. Laville Martine,
Human Nutrition Research Centre, Lyon France
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Research Framework

Contact call Secretariat: ZonMw (NL),

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s
H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n.696300

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