Energy metabolism and body composition in nutrition and health research

1st International Advanced Course

The aim of this course is to provide a solid scientific background on aspects of energy metabolism and health at the physiological level, with – this year – particular attention for dietary protein and to provide an overview of state-of-the-art in vivo methods to measure body composition and energy expenditure in humans, with some practical experience with analysis of physical activity data.

Target group

The course is aimed at research professionals (PhD level) who are at the start of their career in nutritional or health sciences, or other scientists who want to become familiar with the field of Energy metabolism and Body composition in nutrition and health research. Participants should have a background in biology, medicine, food/nutritional science, or other life sciences and should have basic knowledge of human biology, physiology and nutrition.

Programme topics

  • energy metabolism, mitochondrial function and health
  • energy balance and physical activity
  • methods to assess energy expenditure (e.g. DLW, accelerometry) and body composition (e.g. kinantropometry and imaging)
  • protein metabolism and protein requirements
  • protein and sports, and protein and ageing