Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health

Financed by : Instituto de Salud Carlos III – ISCIII

Program : IHDHL-INTIMIC – Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health

Grant Agreement ID: AC19 / 00031 

Role in the project: Partner

Duration: January 2020 to June 2021


Studies suggest that the intestinal microbiome modulates the risk of several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, allergy, cardiovascular disease, and colorectal cancer (CRC). Dietary factors are related to chronic disease risk, and they have been suggested to modulate the composition and function of the gut microbiome.

However, detailed knowledge on the relationship of diet, the microbiome, and chronic disease risk is still limited.

The overarching aim of the knowledge platform is to foster studies on the microbiome, nutrition and health by assembling available information in the field of microbiome research in food, nutrition and health in a comprehensive way, which also includes other disciplines (e.g. food science, metabolomics) that are relevant in the context of microbiome research. The goal is to make this information findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) to the scientific community and to link and provide in-depth information to various stakeholders.

Through these efforts a network of transnational and multidisciplinary collaboration will emerge, that will further develop and increase the impact of microbiome research in human health. Urgent areas of research in this KP were identified to be the roles of microbiome in early infancy, during ageing and in subclinical and clinically manifest disease.


  • Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (Coordinator)
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität
  • University of Turin
  • State Agency Higher Council for Scientific Research
  • Institute of Biomedical Research of Malaga
  • Wageningen University
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • Medical University of Graz,
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  • Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • University of Milano,
  • University of Barcelona
  • sigmund Freud University Vienna
  • Libera Università di Bolzano
  • University of Bari Aldo Moro,
  • University of Naples Federico II
  • Research Center for Food and Nutrition
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna
  • L’Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement
  • Max Rubner-Institut
  • University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
  • Galilee Research Institute Ltd.
  • Medes Medizinische Dienstleistungen GmbH
  • University of Florence
  • University of Graz
  • Leibniz-Institut für Präventionsforschung und Epidemiologie – BIPS GmbH
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • University Medical Center Groningen
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • The Open University of Israel
  • Institute of Clinical Microbiology and Hygiene
  • Hannover Medical School
  • University of Hohenheim
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Vienna
  • Unilever Innovation Centre Wageningen B.V.
  • Maastricht University
  • University of Bonn
  • INSERM-University of Rouen
  • CRNH Rhône-Alpes,
  • Chalmers University,
  • Centre d’Immunologie et des Maladies Infectieuses,
  • University Hospital Aachen, AöR, for the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen,
  • Federico II University of Naples

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