The chair group Global Nutrition (within the Division of Human Nutrition and Health) led by prof.dr.ir. EJM (Edith) Feskens focusses on nutritional needs and interventions to improve health across the life span and across the globe.
We study dietary intake, nutritional status and functional outcomes at the individual level as well as in public health related interventions. We also study food systems in Europe and low- and middle-income countries, aiming at transformations towards healthier and more sustainable diets. We concentrate research and training on nutrients, dietary patterns, and food systems with both a physiological and environmental focus.
The chair group covers the following research lines:
1. Nutrition across the life cycle
We focus on nutritional exposures and health outcomes prior-conception and during pregnancy, infancy, early childhood and adolescence.
2. Sustainable diets across the globe
We analyse food systems with special emphasis on drivers of food choice related to the external and personal food environment. We build evidence of innovations in the food system that can lead to healthier diets and study the synergies and trade-offs with food system outcomes related to sustainability, safety, and inclusiveness.
3. Dietary assessment
We aim to develop new methodologies and tools (including artificial intelligence) that allow the assessment of dietary intake and dietary behaviour. State of the art assessment of dietary exposure is crucial to the above research lines and nutritional sciences in general.
We offer education at BSc, MSc and PhD level on food intake, nutrients and their function, and public health nutrition in high- income and low- and middle- income countries. Important aspects of all training are principles and methods of nutrition research, including food intake and food composition, determination of nutritional status and the design of studies, including controlled interventions.
Since September 2015, we organize the Distance Learning Master Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health together with the chair group Nutrition and Disease.