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Bioactive compounds from blackcurrant processing waste for brain health

Bioactive compounds from blackcurrant processing waste for brain health

Objective

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common age-related neurodegerative disorder, and one of the most devastating diagnoses that patients and their families can receive. Currently ~10 % of over 65 year old have AD, and the direct and indirect cost of its care is estimated to be >100 billion $ in the US alone and in the UK ~ €22M, and therefore causing profound medical, social and economic consequences. New findings in recent epidemiological studies suggest that polyphenolics containing foods may offer effective means to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease development. This provides great business opportunities for food and nutraceutical companies. The polyphenolic extracts from blackcurrant have recently been demonstrated to provide neuroprotection against oxidative stress induced neuronal damages in human cell cultures, and therefore it may hold a promising natural target for the preparation of bioactive food ingredients for a variety of applications. In this BrainHealthFood European consortium, our aim is to provide research support for SMEs by integrating the different expertise from chemistry, metabolomics and neurology from European countries to identify neuroprotective compounds from blackcurrant processing waste, which helps SMEs to develop novel products in a business area with a high future potential. Neuroprotection activity will be analyzed in neuroblastoma cells and in a mice model of Alzheimer's disease. Research provide strong scientific basis for SMEs to the development of novel berry juices, dietary supplements and other products for elderly people having a high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
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Coordinator

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Address

Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

Administrative Contact

Jaana Backman

Participants (8)

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MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 1 000

PHARMIA OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 197 243,80

VIINITALO AITO-ONNI OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 102 548,80

VIN - KON S.A.

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 80 945,60

Sussmost & Weinkelterei Hohenseefeld GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 206 089,90

INDULLEIDA S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 226 271,90

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 000

SCOTTISH CROP RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222503

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 139 466,80

  • EU contribution

    € 870 100

Coordinated by:

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland