Overweight and obesity have become a major health problem and their prevalence is accelerating dramatically in Europe and the rest of the world. This project aims to deliver European expert scientists which are urgently required in the field of feeding behaviour and satiety control. Scientific expertise: The EST will provide early-stage researchers with a structured training programme on feeding behaviour and control of food intake and appetite in three top European institutes located in Paris, Munich, and London, and they will also have access to one of the biggest European food industries. The synergy provided by this multiple partnership will represent an important added value by covering the latest experimental, theoretical and applied aspects. Career development: A Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP) will be established to aid the early-stage researchers to pursue a career in this important area for the European community. This plan will prepare the earlystage researchers for future careers inacademic institutes, the food or pharmaceutical industries, or governmental and non governmental organisations. Scientific insights and model development: The EST will provide not only new scientific insights into regulation of energy intake, it will also generate several models that allow to study appetite control in vitro/ex vivo, and to screen compounds for satiety/appetite control. Such screening models are currently not available and highly needed, both in the food as in the pharmaceutical industry. The international network developed by NuSISCO will translate into enhanced career choices and greater employment opportunities. This programme will enhance inter-sectorial collaborations to overcome fragmentation within European Research and will also contribute to two science and technology priority areas of the ERA as outlined in the Framework VI programme: 1) life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health, and 2) food quality and safety.
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