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Wim Saris: Global health needs global collaboration
The emergence of advanced technologies in genomics, IT and neuroimaging has opened up a whole new world in nutritional sciences.
Within the next ten years we will be able to effectively demonstrate how nutrition affects inflammation and metabolic processes in the body.
This will enable food manufacturers to substantiate health claims; for instance for probiotics and prebiotics but also for polyphenols and other bioactive compounds.
In 2009, scientists from TI Food and Nutrition, Wageningen University and Maastricht University were the first to demonstrate that probiotic bacteria can directly affect immune cells in the gastrointestinal tract (1). ...
Another highlight includes research, conducted by Wageningen University and Maastricht University within the TI Food and Nutrition public-private partnership, on maintaining muscle mass in the elderly. ...
This work has shown that nutrition “ especially changes in protein and amino-acid intake “ can extend an active and healthy lifestyle in the elderly (3). ...
Systems biology approach
Public-private partnerships have proven to be excellent structures for establishing and coordinating the programs needed for precompetitive, multidisciplinary research
Prof. Wim Saris: Theme Director Nutrition and Health at TI Food and Nutrition, Professor of Human Nutrition at Maastricht University and Corporate Scientist Human Nutrition at DSM Food Specialties
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