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Advancing food, nutrition, and health research in Europe by connecting and building research infrastructures in a DISH-RI: Results of the EuroDISH project

Snoek, Harriëtte M., Eijssen, Lars M.T., Geurts, Marjolein, Vors, Cecile, Brown, Kerry, Bogaardt, Marc-Jeroen, Dhonukshe-Rutten, Rosalie A.M., Evelo, Chris T., Fezeu, Leopold, Finglas, Paul M. , Laville, Martine, Ocké, Marga, Perozzi, Giuditta, Poppe, Krijn, Slimani, Nadia, Tetens, Inge, Timotijevic, Lada, Zimmermann, Karin and van ’t Veer, Pieter (2018) Advancing food, nutrition, and health research in Europe by connecting and building research infrastructures in a DISH-RI: Results of the EuroDISH project Trends in Food Science & Technology, 73. pp. 58-66.

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Background: Research infrastructures (RIs) are essential to advance research on the relationship between food, nutrition, and health. RIs will facilitate innovation and allow insights at the systems level which are required to design (public health) strategies that will address societal challenges more effectively. Approach: In the EuroDISH project we mapped existing RIs in the food and health area in Europe, identified outstanding needs, and synthesised this into a conceptual design of a pan-European DISH-RI. The DISH model was used to describe and structure the research area: Determinants of food choice, Intake of foods and nutrients, Status and functional markers of nutritional health, and Health and disease risk. Key findings: The need to develop RIs in the food and health domain clearly emerged from the EuroDISH project. It showed the necessity for a unique interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder RI that overarches the research domains. A DISH-RI should bring services to the research community that facilitate network and community building and provide access to standardised, interoperable, and innovative data and tools. It should fulfil the scientific needs to connect within and between research domains and make use of current initiatives. Added value can also be created by providing services to policy makers and industry, unlocking data and enabling valorisation of research insights in practice through public-private partnerships. The governance of these services (e.g. ownership) and the centralised and distributed activities of the RI itself (e.g. flexibility, innovation) needs to be organised and aligned with the different interests of public and private partners.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Snoek, Harriëtte M.
Eijssen, Lars M.T.
Geurts, Marjolein
Vors, Cecile
Bogaardt, Marc-Jeroen
Dhonukshe-Rutten, Rosalie A.M.
Evelo, Chris T.
Fezeu, Leopold
Finglas, Paul M.
Laville, Martine
Ocké, Marga
Perozzi, Giuditta
Poppe, Krijn
Slimani, Nadia
Tetens, Inge
Zimmermann, Karin
van ’t Veer, Pieter
Date : 2 January 2018
DOI : 10.1016/j.tifs.2017.12.015
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Research infrastructures; Public health; Roadmap; Governance; Policy; Nutrition
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 16 Jan 2018 09:09
Last Modified : 03 Jan 2019 02:08

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