Mid of December, the JPI HDHL European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment Data Sharing Initiative (ENPADASI) officially started its work programme. The main objective of ENPADASI is to deliver an open access research infrastructure that will contain data from a wide variety of nutritional studies, ranging from mechanistic/interventions to epidemiological studies including a multitude of phenotypic outcomes that will facilitate combined analyses in the future.
51 partners from 9 Member States are involved in ENPADASI (i.e., Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands). ENPADASI is led by coordinator Jildau Bouwman (TNO) and deputy coordinator Duccio Cavalieri (National Research Council – IBIMET) and includes the 6 Work Packages:
WP1 concerns the management, coordination, governance and sustainability of ENPADASI (WP leader: Jildau Bouwman).
WP2 entails the preparation of the joint data analysis and sharing existing data (WP leader: Lars Ove Dragsted).
In WP3 the infrastructure will be developed, tested and released (WP leader: Corrado Priami).
In WP4 ontologies and tools for integrated analysis on multiple studies will be developed (WP leader Duccio Cavalieri).
In WP5 guidelines will be drafted for efficient and legal sharing of data, resolving ethical, data protection, intellectual property, and data sharing policy issues (WP leader Martine Laville).
WP 6 entails the training of nutritional researchers in standards (SOPs and ontologies) and data upload using the infrastructure (WP leader Lorraine Brennan).
ENPADASI will be instrumental to improve the interpretation and validation of results of many different European studies. In this way it will facilitate nutrition research and thereby will increase the knowledge and understanding of how food and nutrition can improve human health.