[PHNUTR-L] Scientists study the link between children's nutrition
and adult diseases
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Public release date: 15-Jan-2008
Contact: Cristina Campoy Folgoso
ccampoy at ugr.es
Universidad de Granada
Scientists study the link between children's nutrition and adult diseases
This release is also available in Spanish.
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics of the University of
Granada, in collaboration with another 38 universities and companies
from 16 European countries, will study the effects of children’s
nutrition on the onset of cardiovascular problems, diabetes, obesity,
allergies, weak bones, neuromotor functioning and children’s behavioural
aspects. The EARNEST project (The Early Nutrition Programming Project)
aims to help in the development of policies, information campaigns,
documents, guides and recommendations on the nutritional components of
children’s food, for the improvement of children’s formulas. It also
collaborates in the design of plans preventing and avoiding nutrition
effects on the metabolism.
Thanks to this project, the University of Granada becomes the only
Spanish investigation centre taking part in this ambitious initiative,
the first of its kind in Europe. Cristina Campoy Folgoso, the professor
heading this initiative in Granada, emphasizes that the “early nutrition
programming” is quite a recent subject in the health and science field
today. “Different studies show how food can have long-term consequences
in children’s growth and health during pregnancy, the breastfeeding
period and childhood. Moreover, food can also have influence over the
later onset of diseases”, states the researcher.
Study of diseases
This project aims to answer the question about the extent of nutrition
effects of prenatal, postnatal, and infant diets of someone among the
current European population in critical periods of development as well
as the efficiency of actions preventing and avoiding long, medium and
short-term metabolic effects on health.
The project will tackle randomly assigned clinical tests and nutritional
interventions during pregnancy and childhood, pilot studies, tests on
animals, cells and genomita, as well as social and economic studies
connected with nutrition in the first stages of life and their
significance in the development of later diseases. The researchers hope
to find the genetic mechanism of diseases such as diabetes and obesity
with this project. “Obesity, a growing global epidemic, begins, partly,
during child development –explains professor Campoy Folgoso-. It is
known that breastfed children’s growth kinetics differ from those fed
with commercial foods. These children easily gain weight and height.
Considering these consequences, linked with eating habits, the purpose
of this project is to study whether breastfeeding can prevent a later
risk of obesity.
This investigation project is financed by the European Commission and is
made up of 38 multidisciplinary groups of professionals from 16 European
countries. Scientists from different institutions of all over Europe are
involved in it: 33 academic institutions, 5 industries and 7 PYMES
companies form the project, coordinated by Ludwig Maximilians University
in Munich (Germany). It began in April 2005 and will last until 2010.
* Coordinator: Professor Berthold Koletzko. Dr. von Hauner Children’s
Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians. Ludwig-Maximilians Universty, Munich, Germany.
* Institutions taking part: Medical Research Council-Institute of Child
Health (London, United Kingdom); University of Pécs (Pécs, Hungary);
University of Granada (Spain); University of London-Alliance (United
Kingdom); Danish Epidemiology Science Centre (Copenhagen, Denmark);
Aarhus University (Denmark); Instituto municipal de Investigació Médica
(Barcelona, Spain); Inst of Public Health (Oslo, Norwich); University of
Bristol Alliance (United Kingdom); The Children’s Memorial Health
Institute (Warsaw, Poland); GSF National Research Centre for Environment
and Health (Germany); University Hospital Groningen (Holland); Turku
University Central Hospital (Turku, Finland); University of Nottingham
(United Kingdom); Louvain Universities Alliance (Belgium); Rowett
Research Institute (Scotland, United Kingdom); University of Cambridge
(United Kingdom); Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals
(Germany); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France); INSERM
(Paris, France); RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the
Environment (Holland); Institute of Physiology (Prague, Czech Republic);
University Medical Centre (Utrecht, Holland); University of Surrey
* Companies: DNA testing Ltd (Scotland, United Kingdom); Schothorst Feed
Research (Holland); Ashwell Associates (United Kingdom); RDE Software
GmbH (Munich, Germany); Institute for Market Research, Strategy and
Planning (Munich, Germany); Arexis (Gothenburg, Sweden); BioScientifica,
(Bristol, United Kingdom).
* Industry: Numico (Friedrichsdorf, Germany); Ordesa, (Spain); Orafti
(Belgium); Mead Johnson (USA); Nestlé International.
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