Looking for collaboration (as partners) in:
a) Assessment of food/ microconstituents / extracts biological activity meaning anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-trombotic including anti -platelet activity.
b) Implemmentation of clinical trial in order to establish the beneficial effect of a novel food on human health
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
Harokopio University (HUA) is a dynamic academic institution specializing in quality of life and sustainability. Its ratio of journal publications per academic member of staff ranks it 3rd in Greece. Over 300 research programmes were implemented by HUA in the last decade.
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Harokopio University has adequate equipment and could cover the implementation of the proposed program. In specific, the Laboratory of Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology and Microbiology has the relevant equipment for the study of gene expression (RT–PCR), for the isolation and the quantification of micro-constituents (HPLC, GC), for the measurement of inflammatory/oxidative stress mediators (ELISA reader, UV-Vis, for assessment of platelet aggregation (aggregometer), for cell culture experiments (laminar flow hood, cell culture incubator), for microbial analysis (anaerobic cultivation, in vitro fermentation, DGGE, multiplex PCR). Also and the Laboratory of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics has the relevant equipment for the body composition assessment, namely a dual energy x-ray absorptiometer, several bioelectrical impedance apparatuses, equipment for anthropometry and for measurement of biochemical markers (biochemical analyzer, hormone analyzer), as well as the relevant dietetic software for the assessment of dietary intake. The infrastructure of Harokopio University, also, consists of a well-designed metabolic unit for the implementation of clinical trials and, therefore, the Department can fully support the execution/implementation of such as study and ensure its successful completion.
The research team has an expertise a) in the isolation and characterization of food micro-constituents especially of Mediterranean foods and b) in the study of the basic patho-physiological mechanisms, namely of inflammation, of oxidative stress and of thrombosis and how they are affected by food micro-constituents
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.