The consortium includes experts in the fields of epidemiology, clinical trials, geriatrics, nutrition, physical activity, microbiomics, and behaviour, consumer, sensory and computer sciences, as well as industry, SMEs, European stakeholder organisations and representatives of older adults themselves.
VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Department of Health Sciences
The Department of Health Sciences was founded in 2003. It is part of the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research which mission is excellence in research in public and occupational health, primary care, rehabilitation and long-term care and combines inter-disciplinary applied research dealing with care and public health. Ageing research at VU/VUmc is embedded within the Amsterdam Centre on Ageing (ACA), a member of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (EIP-AHA).
- Department of Computer Sciences
The Artificial Intelligence Section of the Computer Science department is one of the leading research units in the Computer and Information Science in the Netherlands. The group has ample experience with the development of both analytical dynamical modelling methods and simulation-based methods, which have been applied in a variety of projects. The group has a long tradition in pursuing multidisciplinary research, including the domain of depression.
- Department of Internal Medicine
The department of Internal Medicine, section nutrition and dietetics combines patient care, education and research. The department has performed multiple clinical nutrition intervention studies, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, focusing on nutritional requirements, dietary intake, malnutrition phenotype, disease factors and clinical outcomes. Expertise involves clinical trial management, food intake studies, nutritional assessment and body composition studies. A major research focus is on older subjects, both (pre-)clinical and in the community.
University of Iceland, Iceland
The University of Iceland (UI) Unit for Nutrition Research (UNR) is a leading research unit in the field of human nutrition in Iceland, closely collaborating both with government organizations, non-profit research organisations as well as SMEs. UNR shares facilities with the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Landspitali National University hospital and has extensive experience in conducting dietary intervention studies in different groups, both patients and community dwelling individuals.
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Newcastle University is very active in the field of ageing and health, having identified it as main research challenge theme that address key societal issues. In 2014, it extended and concentrated its ageing research into a novel Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), which is becoming one of the largest and most powerful institutions in basic and translational ageing research worldwide, being involved in multiple EU projects including KIC INNOLIFE.
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands
RIVM is the Netherlands’ main public sector knowledge institute in the field of public health, nutrition, safety and environmental management. Its Centre for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services advances public health through knowledge development and research on public health, disease prevention and health care, assessing for example the health risks of overweight, lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity, and exposure to substances in foods. The Centre is responsible for the Dutch national food composition database (NEVO) and the national food consumption surveys.
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
The University of Southern Denmark’s research unit of Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics undertakes research and evidence-based teaching in the physiology and biomechanics of health and exercise in sports, ageing, disease and inactivity. It is known for its integrative research approach from muscle cells to whole body function, including translational aspects related to human performance and health. The unit has prevention and maintenance of neuromuscular and physical function in elderly as a strategic research area.
Gothenburg University, Sweden
The Wallenberg Laboratory at the Gothenburg University comprises several basic and clinical research groups that focus on elucidating the mechanisms underlying obesity, cardiovascular disease and associated metabolic disorders. It has specific experience on the role of the intestinal microbiota in human metabolism.
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the Netherlands
TNO is one of the largest European research institutes. It works in five research domains: Healthy living, Urban Environment, Defence and safety, Energy and Industry. The Microbiology and Systems Biology group is one of the major research groups within the TNO life cluster. The group has a focus on the application of systems biology for food, pharma and industrial Biotechnological applications. MSB has leading experts in the areas of host-microbe interactions, immunology, aging and metabolic aspects related to disease.
VIVES University College, Belgium
VIVES University College is a higher education institution based in Flanders, Belgium. VIVES University College works closely together with the local and regional “enterprises”. This includes businesses in the agro-industry, hospitals and healthcare facilities with an interregional role. VIVES research group’s main focus is recipe development and the adaptation of existing recipes for specific target groups (e.g. elderly people).
Ghent University, Belgium
Ghent University’s research unit involved in this project is the Agro-food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour group from the Department of Agricultural Economics (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering). The research unit integrates expertise in the scientific disciplines of economics, sociology, agro-food marketing, consumer behaviour, market and marketing research, communication, health promotion, health education and nutrition epidemiology.
HAS University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
HAS University of Applied Sciences is an education & expertise centre on food, agriculture and the environment. Its science area “Nutrition & health” focuses on health innovation in the food sector and covers three major themes: (1) Healthy product composition; (2) Nutrition for targets groups, new concepts; and (3) Health related information: marketing & communication.
Kellogg Management Services, United Kingdom
Kellogg Management Services (Europe) Limited’s Research, Quality, Nutrition and Technology gathers food developers, food technologists, nutritionists, quality control. The Insights & Planning team is based within the Marketing department and are very experienced in developing tools to understand what consumers think and want in many different topics.
Laboratoires Grand Fontaine, Spain
Laboratoires Grand Fontaine is an international healthcare company located in Barcelona (Spain) since January 2013, that investigates, develops and manufactures specially adapted dietary food products, in response to serious nutrition related disorders caused by advanced age or illness (sarcopenia, diabetes and dysphagia, as well as many other disorders). The company has access to a wide range of technologies that provide different kinds of products: powder, liquid, cream, gel, etc. We offer the experience of a group, Laboratorios Ordesa, leader in the field of nutrition present on the market during more than 70 years.
Fonterra, the Netherlands
Fonterra is a global leader in dairy innovation and research. They actively promote and communicate through a broad range of media/ communication channels and direct customer engagement. The Fonterra Research and Development Centre (FRDC) is one of the largest research facilities in the world dedicated to dairy. Fonterra also has utilized human health research to substantiate commercial products, especially Fonterra Anlene, which has a 20-year track record as the leading bone health product in Asia.
Blonk Consultants, the Netherlands
Blonk is an SME company specialized in sustainability assessment, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of foods and agricultural products. LCA practitioners worldwide rely on our data on the impact of agro-food products, compiled in the Agri-footprint database, which is supplied with Simapro, globally the leading LCA-software package. The company has also been active in the field of sustainable diets. In that respect Blonk developed the Optimeal® diet optimization tool, that is able to identify attainable and healthy options for dietary change.
Frigilunch is a producer of frozen ready-to-eat meals and components. They are active in 4 specific domains and produce each year around 14 million meals: Retail, Home Service (EIsmann, Bofrost), Contract Manufacturing (Iglo), Food Service (commercial catering and social catering). Frigilunch has 2 subsidiaries, “Delimeal” in Belgium and “Vers aan Tafel “ in the Netherlands who commercialize these meals towards hospitals, retirement homes and home delivery services.
Henri BV, the Netherlands
Henri BV is an innovative producer of fresh soups, sauces and ready meal(s)(components). Henri combines the expertise of food production, knowledge of ingredients and expertise of product development and within the project will explore the feasibility of producing the food products to a larger scale. The goal is to contribute to the health of the target group through nutritious food in a sustainable way.
University of Helsinki, Finland
The University of Helsinki is developing actions that support research as part of its efforts to maintain its profile as an international research university. It has a specific research group working on nutrition, which has accomplished studies in malnutrition among older citizens and nutritional care possibilities and has developed nutritional guidelines for older people in Finland.
European Federation of the Association of Dietitians (EFAD), the Netherlands
The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) aims to promote the development of the dietetic profession; develop dietetics on a scientific and professional level in the common interest of the member associations; facilitate communication between national dietetic associations and other organizations – professional, educational, and governmental; and encourage a better nutrition situation for the population of the member countries of Europe. EFAD is open to all National Associations of Dietitians and Education Institutes teaching dietetics in Europe.
European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), Luxembourg
ESPEN is an international scientific society (non-profit organisation) devoted to promote research and education in the field of clinical nutrition. It gathers health related-professionals (doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, nurses – about 3000 members) aiming at increasing the knowledge of the mechanisms linking nutrition and health/disease and in enhancing the nutritional care of patients.
European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), Belgium
The European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, EUGMS, is the collaborating and co-ordinating organisation of the national geriatric medical societies of the European Union member states, but also includes Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. It aims to develop geriatric medicine as an independent specialty caring for all older people with age-related disease; to increase the availability of geriatric medicine to all citizens of the European Union; to promote education and continuing professional development; and to promote evidence-based guidelines for the most efficacious preventive and treatment strategies for older people in the European Union.
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
The Institute for Biomedicine of Aging (IBA) under the head of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has a long tradition on conducting research projects in the area of nutrition and ageing, basic research on sarcopenia, and exercise intervention in community-dwelling older persons ranging from healthy to pre-frail and frail status. The IBA takes part on behalf of the European Network on Action, Aging and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA) which is a thematic, collaborative network founded in 2005 to improve the health, wellbeing and independence of older people throughout Europe by the promotion of evidence based physical activity.
AGE Platform Europe, Belgium
AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 150 organisations of and for people aged 50+ representing directly over 40 million older people in Europe. AGE work focuses on a wide range of policy areas that impact on older and retired people. These include issues of anti-discrimination, employment of older workers and active ageing, intergenerational solidarity, research, and new technologies (ICT). AGE also takes active part in several EU projects.
University of Sherbrooke, Canada
The Research Centre on Aging of the University of Sherbrooke aims to create new knowledge about aging to promote the development and autonomy of seniors. Research conducted at the Centre clearly spans the whole spectrum from basic to applied research. The general objectives of the Centre are: 1) Identify aging biomarkers and processes, understand their meaning and interaction to promote clinical applications; 2) understand life and aging trajectories to foster well-being and social participation of older adults; 3) prevent disabilities and handicaps related to aging through patient-oriented health care and services; 4) develop knowledge transfer strategies in collaboration with decision makers, stakeholders and general public.