Project leader: Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach

Web communication: Anna Eriksson,  (E-STaR) Fondazione Edmund Mach,

Bando "I comunicatori STAR della scienza", Provincia Autonoma di Trento

EFH | Mission

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The EFH project is built around the “one health” concept, and will address how ENVIRONMENT, FOOD and HEALTH are all linked to obesity and healthy ageing.

By the year 2060 more than 20% of the EUREGIO population will be over 65 years of age, placing considerable economic burden on social provision and health care costs. Similarly, more than 50% of our people are currently overweight and nearly 20% obese. This “perfect storm” of age and obesity related chronic disease threatens the economic viability of our region and the health and welfare of our people.

The EFH project proposes a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on scientific expertise in different disciplines (environmental science, public health, psychology of risk perception, dairy science, food science and technology, nutrition, metabolomics, genetics, bioinformatics, gut microbiota, gene ecology, cell biology, biomedicine, epidemiology, clinical nutrition, obesity and gerontology), to tackle the multifaceted challenges of obesity and healthy ageing.

EUREGIO Environment, Food & Health (EFH) deals with the growing socioeconomic challenges of age- and obesity-related chronic disease. It addresses the interface of environment, genetics, metabolome, microbiome, food and health, linked to obesity and ageing. These are important research priorities identified within current European, national and regional research plans.

Our mission is to lay the scientific basis for practical approaches to fight obesity and age-related chronic disease, providing innovative solutions and new products, valorising regional food production chains while safeguarding the natural environment.

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