The NutriHealth Group investigates the mechanisms by which nutrition influences health.
The NutriHealth Group activities include scrutinising nutritional exposure through food patterns and (non-) nutrient characterisation, and modelling the diet-disease relationship, with a particular focus on metabolic and health related conditions.
More specifically, the group seeks to provide the research, medical and general population communities with easy-to-use (bio-)markers to assess emerging risk factors of morbidities, such as oxidative stress, antioxidant status, inflammation, and body composition disturbances. This is achieved via in vitro/cellular modelling and human observational and intervention studies, exploring a variety of markers ranging from questionnaires/indices and individual compounds to -omics based tools, also studying factors resulting in inter-individual differences to dietary exposure, such as genetic background and microbiome.
The NutriHealth goal is to expand our expertise to better understand the relationship between (non-) nutrients, dietary patterns and chronic and age-related health issues such as cardiometabolic diseases, cancer, frailty and cognitive aspects, and to contribute to improve the control and prevention of diseases via translational research.
Some of the group’s research projects include:
- I2TRON – a translational research project exploring mechanisms link dietary fiber, markers of inflammation related to disease and the gut microbiota
- SUSTEATABLE – To assess the sustainability of the Luxembourgish food system
- Obesity & cardiometabolic issues in adult residents in Luxembourg (2007 – 2017)
- Dietary patterns in Luxembourg and relation to cardiometabolic diseases
- METHOOD – Investigating the relationships between the socio-economic and physical environmental characteristics of residential neighborhoods, behavioral CM risk factors with a focus on dietary habits and physical activity, and the metabolic syndrome.
- CAROFIBER – Revealing the influence of dietary fiber on the bioavailability of carotenoids, as well as studying Interactions of gut microbiota and carotenoids – UPCOMING
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Projects & clinical trials
Featured team members
Pro-inflammatory and pro-oxidant diets are associated with increased odds of cataracts and serum biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress – 01/03/2024
Extension of use of isomalto-oligosaccharide as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 – 05/02/2024
Effect of Digested Selected Food Items on Markers of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in a Caco-2-Based Human Gut Epithelial Model – 25/01/2024
Safety of HelixComplex snail mucus (HSM) as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 – 24/01/2024
Safety of isomaltulose syrup (dried) as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 – 22/01/2024
The Effect of Selenium, Zinc, and their Combined Supplementation on Cardiometabolic Biomarkers-comparing their Effects in the Energy Restriction and High-fat Diet Methods in Obese Rats – 22/01/2024
Effects of crocin on inflammatory biomarkers and mental health status in patients with multiple sclerosis – 20/01/2024
Scientific opinion on the tolerable upper intake level for manganese – 08/12/2023
Safety of oil from Schizochytrium limacinum (strain TKD-1) for use in infant and follow-on formula as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 – 06/12/2023
Safety of oil from Schizochytrium sp. (strain CABIO-A-2) for use in infant and follow-on formula as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 – 06/12/2023
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Nutrition/Public Health (JA/PDFNPH1023/TB/NUT)
Department of Precision Health – Nutrition & Health Research Group