Our experts work closely with other (technical) universities and research institutes. This includes academic and regional hospitals (including via the Nutrition & Healthcare Alliance), independent health care professionals, businesses, government institutions and patient organisations. We are also represented in bodies such as the Health Council of the Netherlands and The Netherlands Nutrition Centre Foundation – platforms in which scientific insights are translated into the practice of medical care, education and business. In addition, close relationships are maintained with international institutions such as the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Global Burden of Disease Platform. In addition, we are partners in various consortiums in the Netherlands and abroad, including Regiodeal Foodvalley, GECCO and SUSPANCE.
Via Regiodeal Foodvalley partnership, our experts work with a wide range of parties, including Utrecht University, the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), the Provinces of Gelderland and Utrecht, Regio Foodvalley (eight municipalities), VNO-NCW Midden and the national government to develop innovations that stimulate consumers to make healthier and more sustainable food choices. In the Nutrition & Healthcare Alliance, we work with Gelderse Vallei Hospital and Rijnstate in a theme programme related to obesity as part of the National Prevention Agreement, in which we widely roll out expertise on nutrition and exercise in the healthcare sector. A healthy food supply in Dutch hospitals, science-based custom dietary advice for people with obesity or chronic diseases, and the integration of nutritional expertise in education for health care professionals are the main aspects here. Over recent years we have developed and organised a range of massive online courses (MOOCS) and refresher courses for doctors and dieticians.