The NutriHealth Group investigates the mechanisms by which nutrition influences health. This includes scrutinizing nutritional exposure through food patterns and (non-) nutrient characterization, and modelling the diet-disease relationship, with a particular focus on metabolic and health related conditions.
More specifically, we seek 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.