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New dietary strategies addressing the specific needs of elderly population for an healthy ageing in Europe

Objective

NU-AGE is a large multidisciplinary consortium (30 partners, from 16 EU countries) involving nutritionists, biogerontologists, immunologists and molecular biologists from the most prestigious institutions in Europe, 5 large food industries, 8 traditional food companies and 1 biotech SME, SPES GEIE and FooDrinkEurope, covering the SME Food Industrial Associations of 13 European countries and the European Confederation the food and drink industry. NU-AGE aims are: 1. to counteract the physical/cognitive decline occurring in the elderly as a consequence of the progressive alteration of different organs/systems (immune and cardiovascular systems, bone, brain, muscle and intestine) by one year elderly-tailored whole diet intervention on 1250 healthy elderly men and women aged 65-79 years (half diet, half control) from 5 different EU regions; 2. to assess the effect of the newly designed food pyramid specific for 65+ EU citizens on the different organs/systems using a large set of biomarkers related to nutrition and ageing, with particular attention to the low grade, chronic, systemic inflammatory status named inflammageing, a major risk factor for common age-related diseases; 3. to perform in a subgroup of 120 subjects in depth studies and high throughput “omics” to identify cellular/molecular targets/mechanisms responsible for whole diet effect; 4. to perform genetic and epigenetic studies to assess the role of individual variability on the response to diet; 5. to adopt an integrative comprehensive approach (systems biology) to analyze the whole set of data. The results of dietary intervention will be used to develop elderly-tailored prototypes of functional foods and to improve traditional foods. The research activity will be accompanied and followed by a strong activity of dissemination and industrial exploitation to support EU strategies on nutritional recommendations, thus contributing to the implementation of legislation related to nutritional and health claims for elderly in Europe.
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Address

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 669 520

Administrative Contact

Valeria Genovesi (Dr.)

Participants (33)

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MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 907 882

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 385 067

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 331 880

SPREAD EUROPEAN SAFETY GEIE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 272 402,60

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 443 250

QUADRAM INSTITUTE BIOSCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 364 450

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 330 744

FOODDRINKEUROPE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 100 002

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 227 686

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 105 772

ETHNIKO IDRYMA EREVNON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 246 220

STRATICELL SCREENING TECHNOLOGIES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 202 224

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 103 651

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 80 756

VALIO OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 2 702,64

OREBRO UNIVERSITY

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 198 244

LESIEUR SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 178 158

VILLANI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 191 262

PANCRAZIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 19 998

NEWSOL SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 724,80

Wiesbauer Gourmet Gastro GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 19 958

VIDRERES LLET, S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 19 969

ZEELANDIA SPOL SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 20 000

MAKEDONIKI VIOMIHANIA GALAKTOS ANONIMOS ETERIA (MEVGAL SA)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 19 999

YORUK SUT URUNLERI HAYVANCILIK GIDA SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 19 991

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 77 774

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN NUTRITION HUMAINE D'AUVERGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 318 020,60

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

MIRELITE MIRSA ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RESZVENYTARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 19 968

EC6 SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 18 256

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

GRANAROLO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 101 357,36

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266486

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 947 661,69

  • EU contribution

    € 8 998 889

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy