The FOOD4GUT project allows the collaboration between 10 academic partners from 3 belgian universities.
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Professor Nathalie Delzenne, from Metabolism and Nutrition group (MNUT) is the FOOD4GUT projet promotor. This group involved in the Louvain Drug Research Institute (UCL) works on nutrients targeting the gut microbiota, such as carbohydrates which escape the digestion and which are largely fermented in the colon by specific bacteria -called prebiotics- as well as to understand the molecular mechanisms linking gut microbes to the host metabolism. The development of functional food targeting the gut appears as an interesting way to modulate key metabolic functions in the body, in order to improve health and well-being.
The research activities of Prof. Dr Jean Paul thissen and his team focuses on the link between nutrients and hormones and their roles in the modulation of skeletal muscle mass and muscle metabolism.
The Psychological Sciences Research Institute is involved in this project through two research centers: the "Center for Health and Psychological Development" and the "Center for the Study of Social Behavior" (CECOS). An important project of Professor Olivier Luminet's team concerns the detection of neurocognitive deficits in obese patients.
The Earth and Life Institute-Agronomy group (ELIA) supervised by Professor Philippe Baret works on the management of genetic diversity and innovation processes in food systems. They collaborate with sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and lawyers. In this project, a part of the research will be provided by the team of Professor Olivier De Schutter, Professor of Law at UCL.
The Immunobiology Laboratory (IMMUNOBIO) of FNRS Research Director Muriel Moser is interested in fundamental immunology, a discipline at the heart of several advanced molecular biology techniques and many medical problems: vaccination, organ transplantation, treatment cancer, autoimmune diseases, inflammation and allergy. The team seeks to identify factors that may induce, strengthen, limit or inhibit the immune response.
Prof. Dr Miriam Cnop and her team highlighted, thanks to the development of specific in vivo models, that insufficient secretion of insulin by the beta cells is the main contributor to the loss of glucose tolerance. Dr. Cnop and her team will now contribute to the FOOD4GUT project with a goal of innovative and exploratory research, for analyzing the link between colonic nutrients, microbiota and pancreatic beta cells. Dr Cnop will also play an important role in the recruitment and the intervention protocole in obese patients .
This project involves two research centers of the Faculty of Psychological Sciences and Education of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (PSYULB): the Research Center Cognition & Neurosciences (CRCN) (Prof. A. Cleeremans) and the Center de Research in Social and Intercultural Psychology (CRPSI) (Prof. O. Klein). The Research Center in Social and Intercultural Psychology has developed expertise in various fields related to social psychology, including in particular; environmental influences on food consumption. The Cognition & Neuroscience Research Center develops a main expertise in the study of cognitive functions in humans.
The team of Prof. Dr Nicolas Paquot is specialized in the human clinical studies in the field of nutrition and metabolic diseases.
The laboratory of Prof. P. Stassart is an interdisciplinary group specialized in sociology and focused on the theme of life management which - in its different forms and at different scales, from the organism to the ecosystem and the people - has become problematic.
The group of Prof. Jérôme bindelle (ZT, Université de Liège) will be associated to the Unit of Industrial and Biological chemistry (CBI-A Richel) for works involved in the project. The work of the ZT laboratory is oriented towards the physiology of digestion, microbiology, histology and immunity of the digestive tract, nutrition in animal and human , based on animal models using in vitro and in vivo techniques.in vivo et in vitro.