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.

The JPI HDHL developed an overview of ongoing funding activities in the field of food, nutrition and health besides national & JPI HDHL level. Examples of the several mapped research programmes and activities are (upcoming) calls of the European Commission that are running within Horizon 2020 and activities from initiatives like COST and SUSFOOD in the field of food, nutrition and health.

The included research activities are divided per pillar of the JPI HDHL:
1. Determinants of diet and physical activity;
2. Diet and food production and
3. Diet-related chronic diseases.

Available information
For each research activity, information is presented about the initiative, research programme, the scope and lifespan, amongst other things. All the information included is publicly available and has been obtained from the websites that are shown in the overview.

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The overview provides a general insight in the running and upcoming research activities in the field of food, nutrition and health. It will progressively be updated. Please feel free to contact us for any question and in case you miss research activities or if you have additional information to include in the overview.

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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.

Up to now, the impact of policies aiming for significant and sustainable changes in dietary, physical activity and/or sedentary behaviours conducted across Europe has not been assessed or evaluated systematically. In order to counter this, the JPI HDHL decided to build the Policy Evaluation Network (PEN) supported by six participating countries: Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland.
The Call Steering Committee has now decided to fund the 26 selected research groups which submitted the joint proposal in September 2017.

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.