Webinar PlantIntake project: Multi-biomarker panels of plant-based diets

Recently, the JPI HDHL funded the PlantIntake project, “Combining biomarker panels and dietary intake data for improved assessment of healthful/unhealthful plant food intake”. This project is funded within STAMIFY, the 4th additional non-cofunded Joint Funding Action (JFA) implemented in the frame of the ERA-Net Cofund HDHL INTIMIC.

The PlantIntake consortium is pleased to announce its opening workshop dedicated to the community of nutritional epidemiology scientists.

It is scheduled as an online event on Monday, February 6, from 3 pm - 5 pm CET. The title is: Multi-biomarker panels of plant-based diets.

You may register to this event following the link below. Upon registering, please save the zoom email access link into your calendar upon receipt.
Register here: https://u-bordeaux-fr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ph9Koq2ZSr-nnh9a6bM5wg 

PlantIntake webinar

About the webinar
Accurate information on food intake is necessary to investigate diet-health associations. Traditional assessment methods depend on self-reported data, which are prone to measurement error and bias. Specifically, plant-based foods are frequently misreported.
Diets predominantly consisting of plant-based foods are associated with lower risk for noncommunicable diseases. However, emerging data indicates that unhealthful plant-based dietary patterns are associated with raised disease risk. Therefore, there is a need to improve the dietary assessment of plant-based foods by combining self-reported intake data with biomarker data. This webinar will address the challenges and opportunities of development of multi-biomarker panels to improve assessment of healthful and unhealthful plant-based diets.

The moderators will be Drs Cécilia Samieri and Benedikt Merz. Prof Lorraine Brennan and Prof Frank Hu will be the two keynote speakers, followed by a presentation of the PlantIntake aims by project coordinator Dr Manuela Rist.

Professor Lorraine Brennan is a full professor and a PI in the UCD Institute of Food & Health and Conway institute. She leads a nutritional metabolomics group that are at the forefront of the application of metabolomics in nutrition research and the development of Personalized nutrition. Her group develop strategies for using metabolomics profiles to aid assessment of food intake and for delivering personalized nutrition. She served as Director of the European Nutrigenomics Organization for 5 years and led a number of important initiatives such as the development of an Early Career Network and expansion of membership of the organization. She leads a number of large-scale research initiatives including a US-Ireland tripartite grant on Cardiometabolic Health and an all Island project PROTEIN-I on diversification of Protein intake on the island of Ireland. She has a strong public engagement portfolio including an initiative with the journal Frontiers to make science more accessible to kids.

Professor Frank Hu is Chair of Department of Nutrition, Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Hu’s major research interests include epidemiology and prevention of cardiometabolic diseases through diet and lifestyle; gene-environment interactions; nutritional metabolomics; and nutrition transitions in low- and middle-income countries. Currently, he is Director of Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center Epidemiology and Genetics Core and Director of Dietary Biomarker Development Center at Harvard University. He served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, the Obesity Guideline Expert Panel, American Heart Association Nutrition Committee, and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, USDA/HHS. Dr. Hu was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Dr Manuela Rist is a nutritional scientist and acting deputy head of the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition at the Max Rubner-Institut, Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food, in Germany. Her main interest is to investigate the association of nutrition and health, using metabolomics as a tool to address this question. She has worked in the field of metabolomics for more than 15 years, and has been involved in several cross-sectional and intervention studies addressing the variation in the metabolome of healthy humans, the determinants of this variation, and the discovery of food intake biomarkers. She leads a group on NMR-based metabolomics.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion between the audience and a panel of experts including the three speakers and other renowned scientists in human nutrition and epidemiology.

Publication date: January, 2023
Text: PlantIntake consortium

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s
H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n.696300

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