The overarching objective of the BRAINFOOD cluster is to ultimately positively impact on brain health by improving nutrition of European citizens based upon fundamental insights in the bidirectional links between brain health and nutrition. In line with the EBRA concept, it is our mission to work together, synergistically and in a coordinated and non-fragmented manner, to specifically identify knowledge gaps and priorities in ways that can impact on the societal challenge of improving brain health through nutrition. At all levels, and where possible, gender will be taken into account.
BRAINFOOD aims to:
Stimulate the development of novel concepts that support design of foods/beverages for brain health.
Provide new opportunities and incentives for scientists to bridge the gap in knowledge of how nutrition impacts on brain health.
Stimulate the interest of funders (including industry) in supporting development of specific nutritions for target life stage groups (elderly, new-born, people at risk to develop mood (and other mental) disorders.
Provide an exchange platform (knowledge and know-how) on how to address key questions and foster new collaborations based on the collective expertise of our group.
Provide a knowledge base that can be used not only by the scientific community but also for all stakeholders that seek precise knowledge (separating fact from fiction) about the evidence base on how foods impact on brain health. These include the Food industry, Health care professionals, journalists, Public Health institutions, academia (seek funding for PhD students), policy makers and patient organizations. Social media will be exploited to develop targeted information that could reach all of the above mentioned categories, in addition to the general public (this could be achieved, e.g. by having an ad hoc twitter account that could be used as a platform to disseminate results and key messages on nutrition and health).
2 events will be run
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) network:
The BRAINFOOD cluster is also involved in the ECNP network: Nutrition Network.
ECNP Networks bring together researchers with different expertise across Europe to foster successful collaboration and sharing of ideas, discoveries and practices in translational neuroscience. The overarching aim of ECNP Networks is to facilitate the collection of essential biological, clinical and therapeutic data in a standardised way to guarantee their robustness, reproducibility and translatability.