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Impact of Dietary Protein on Disability in ageing Europeans

Impact of Dietary Protein on Disability in ageing Europeans

Objective

The European population is ageing but, for many countries and Portugal in particular, the extra years of life are not free of disability. Diet is known to be important for health and dietary protein specifically for maintaining physical function, though few European countries have good data on the impact of protein malnutrition on disability in later life. In the Impact of Dietary Protein on Disability in ageing Europeans (InDEPENDEnt) project, I will contribute to the World Health Organisation’s goal of maintaining the functional capacity of older people by conducting the first meta-analysis of European data to determine the optimal level of dietary protein (and in relation to physical activity) to slow disability progression and provide the first reliable estimates of how many cases of disability could be prevented by an adequate protein intake in Portugal. To undertake the project I will move from Newcastle University (UNEW, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK) to the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL, Lisboa, Portugal) to increase my knowledge of musculoskeletal health and disability, in addition bringing an existing collaboration in nutritional epidemiology and ageing from the Vrije University, Amsterdam. My overall objective is to build on my expertise in nutritional epidemiology and functional outcomes in gerontology, while gaining professional independence.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Address

Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 147 815,04

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 835577

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    15 July 2019

  • End date

    14 July 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 147 815,04

  • EU contribution

    € 147 815,04

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal