During the (digital) JPI HDHL MB meeting of June 16 2020, Martijntje Bakker formally handed over the chairpersonship to Béatrice Morio-Liondore. Béatrice has many years of experience in the field of JPI HDHL, and is currently research director at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) and president of the French Nutrition Society.
Asked about her ambitions for the JPI HDHL at this crucial time, Béatrice says: "As Europe ages and is increasingly facing the dual problem of malnutrition, JPI HDHL has brought together many countries, both within and outside Europe, to align research programming and fund new research to advance the understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition, physical activity and health. The overarching goal is to prevent or minimize chronic non-communicable diseases. This mission is essential for Europe and the world to reduce the tremendous economic and social burden of these diseases and to promote and support the transition towards a healthier and more sustainable food system. This vision has been reinforced by the COVID -19 crisis, which has highlighted the urgency for change. In this context, the JPI HDHL takes on its full meaning. Therefore, as the new chair of the JPI HDHL management board, I wish to continue its consolidation and maintain its place in the European landscape by strengthening the links between the areas of food, nutrition and health, research and public policies. This effort will be greatly facilitated by the remarkable work done by the previous chairs and the excellent team that accompanies us."
As JPI HDHL extends a warm welcome to Béatrice Morio as our new chair, we also say a huge thank you to Martijntje Bakker, our outgoing chair. Martijntje has been involved with the JPI HDHL for many years, starting as the representative for the Netherlands in 2011 and taking on the chairpersonship in 2018. She reflects on her time as chair in her goodbye statement, and we are delighted that she will stay involved with the JPI HDHL as representative for the Netherlands.
Short bio Béatrice Morio
Béatrice Morio holds a PhD in physiology and since obtaining this has conducted translational research in nutrition and physical activity. She has led a team on obesity prevention within the Human Nutrition Unit in Clermont-Ferrand. She then joined the CarMeN laboratory (Cardio-Metabolism, Diabetes and Nutrition) in Lyon to work on the molecular mechanisms contributing to type 2 diabetes. Besides her current positions at INRAE and as the president of the French Nutrition Society, she is also a member of the Expert Committee on nutrition of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), and involved in expert missions in France and internationally.