The future of food and nutrition in ELIXIR [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]

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  • Bachir Balech
  • Lorraine Brennan
  • Enrique Carrillo de Santa Pau
  • Duccio Cavalieri
  • Susan Coort
  • Domenica D’Elia
  • Tome Eftimov
  • Chris T Evelo (Editor)
  • Polonca Ferk
  • Paul Finglas
  • Agnese Gori
  • John Hancock
  • Matúš Kalaš
  • Barbara Koroušić Seljak
  • Carl Lachat
  • Brane Leskošek
  • Edoardo Pasolli
  • Graziano Pesole
  • Karl Presser
  • Anna Sandionigi
  • Monica Santamaria
  • Duygu Dede Şener
  • Maria Traka
  • Guy Vergères
  • Karin L Zimmermann
  • Jildau Bouwman
Non-communicable diseases are on the rise and are often related to food choices; nutrition affects infectious diseases too. Therefore, there is growing interest in research on public and personal health, as related to food, nutrition behaviour and well-being of consumers throughout the life cycle. These concepts and their relations are complex and only partially understood – more data is needed to improve our understanding. The required data include deep geno- and phenotyping data from human nutritional studies, covering metabolic and health, but also including behavioural and socio-economic data. The aim of this white paper is to provide a guiding framework for the future contributions of ELIXIR’s recently established Food & Nutrition (F&N) Community. This white paper is the direct result of a strategy meeting that took place in September 2019 in The Hague (NL) and involved representatives of 14 countries representing the ELIXIR Nodes. The meeting led to the definition of F&N related bioinformatics challenges, including the use of standards for data reuse and sharing, and for interoperability of data, tools and services, advocacy and training. Resolving these bioinformatics challenges makes it possible to address a wide range of F&N-related challenges, such as definition of an individual health status, individual dietary needs, and finding complex intake biomarkers (to replace questionnaires). Here, we provide suggestions on how to align these tasks within the ELIXIR Platforms, other ELIXIR Communities/Focus Groups and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11-978
Publication statusSubmitted - 25 Aug 2022

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - Food, Nutrition, ELIXIR, Data reuse, Bioinformatics, Interoperability

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