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: