The societal mission of the chair group Nutrition and Disease within the Division of Human Nutrition and Health is ‘to decrease the risk of (chronic) disease and improve the health of those with a disease through better nutrition’. Our scientific mission is ‘to conduct interdisciplinary human observational and experimental research on nutrition in disease aetiology, during treatment and for prognosis’.
The chair group comprises a team of experts in the field of epidemiology, nutrition, medicine, physiology, biostatistics and medical biology. We conduct observational epidemiological studies, experimental studies in individuals at (high-)risk or with (preclinical) disease, and meta-analyses. Novel methods of dietary assessment and data-analysis, as well as (bio)markers of exposure, function, metabolism, genetic susceptibility, body composition, and (pre-) disease are being developed, evaluated and used in these studies in collaboration with colleagues within the Division of Human Nutrition and Health.
We define two main research themes:
1. Disease aetiology and prevention
Human observational and experimental studies to study the role of healthy and sustainable nutrition, genetic susceptibility and lifestyle factors in the aetiology and prevention of chronic nutrition-related diseases, underpinned with research on pathophysiological mechanisms.
2. Clinical care and disease prognosis
Clinically orientated research focused on short-and long-term recovery of chronic and acute diseases through healthy and sustainable diets and well-accepted nutritious foods combined with physical activity.
These two themes are the core of the Chair group. Furthermore, our approach is focused on public engagement by integrating and translating scientific evidence into evidence-based guidelines on healthy and sustainable diets.
We make sure that we are optimally trained, and connected to conduct well-designed studies, and analyse and interpret the data with novel techniques and utmost care. Therefore, several people in our team focus on integrating (big) data from different sources and disciplines, data-analyses and interpretation of findings.
Key publications Nutrition and Disease
Inflammatory potential of the diet and colorectal tumor risk in persons with Lynch syndromeAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition 106 (2017)5. - ISSN 0002-9165 - p. 1287 - 1294.
Dietary fatty acid intake after myocardial infarction : A theoretical substitution analysis of the Alpha Omega CohortAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition 106 (2017)3. - ISSN 0002-9165 - p. 895 - 901.
At Your Request<sup>®</sup> room service dining improves patient satisfaction, maintains nutritional status, and offers opportunities to improve intakeClinical Nutrition 35 (2016)5. - ISSN 0261-5614 - p. 1174 - 1180.
Identification of differences in health impact modelling of salt reductionPLoS ONE 12 (2017)11. - ISSN 1932-6203
Dietary intake of patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A comparison with individuals from a general population and associations with relapseClinical Nutrition 38 (2019)4. - ISSN 0261-5614 - p. 1892 - 1898.