Europe is facing major challenges in promoting health and reducing the disease burden of age- and diet-related non-communicable diseases by means of lifestyle, food and nutrition.
Research collaboration, innovation, and capacity building are essential to efficiently benefit from the – mainly public – research resources and this requires EU-wide Research Infrastructures (RIs).
The aim of the EU project EURO-DISH is to provide advanced and feasible recommendations on the need for RIs to the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures and other stakeholders. The project will focus on the integration of existing and the development of new food and health RIs that are relevant for innovations in mechanistic research and public health nutrition strategies.
LEI researchers Krijn Poppe and Karin Zimmermann will coordinate the project and Pieter van 't Veer (Wageningen University) is scientific coordinator. The project lasts from 1 September 2012 to the end of 2014.
The researchers will systematically map existing RIs and needs for integration of existing and new RIs, and supporting governance structures throughout Europe. The mapping will be organised around the ‘DISH’ model's four key building blocks: Determinants, Intake, Status, and Health. Also, a conceptual design and roadmap will be developed for implementing the most important RIs. Two case studies will enrich the project by designing and testing pilot RIs that feed the overall conceptual design and roadmap, which will be aligned with ongoing activities.