About NU-AGE

The role of the diet in age-related disease is still a research field to be explored and NU-AGE intends to investigate nutrition as a modulator of inflammageing and other age-related outcomes. It seeks to demonstrate the how to, by dietary means, counteract and/or slow down the process of ageing, including decline of cognitive function, cardiovascular and digestive disease development, reduced bone density, immunity and muscle mass.

Based on the knowledge gained about influences of diet on ageing and its potential to prevent age-related disease, foods designed especially for elderly consumers will be developed and the best ways to communicate dietary recommendations to those over 65 will be explored.

Specific objectives

The specific objectives of NU-AGE are to counteract the physical/cognitive decline by a whole diet intervention to assess the effect of a 65+ food pyramid using biomarkers to identify cellular/molecular targets/mechanisms responsible for the whole diet effect to perform genetic and epigenetic studies to assess the role of individual variability in the response to diet to adopt an integrative comprehensive approach to analyse the whole data set. The results of dietary intervention will be used to develop elderly-tailored functional foods. By dissemination activities and industrial exploitation NU-AGE will support EU strategies on nutritional recommendations, thus contributing to the implementation of legislation related to nutrition and health claims for elderly in Europe.

Technical details

Duration: 5 years

Starting date: 1. May 2011

Project full title: New dietary strategies addressing the specific needs of the elderly population for healthy ageing in Europe
Grant Agreement no 266486

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Contact us

Project Coordinator 
Prof. Claudio Franceschi
University of Bologna
Dept. of Experimental Pathology
Via S. Giacomo, 12
I-40126 Bologna, Italy
Tel: +39 051 2094743
Fax: +39 051 2094747

Scientific Manager
Aurelia Santoro, PhD
University of Bologna
Dept. of Experimental Pathology        
Via San Giacomo, 12
40126 Bologna, Italy
Tel. +39 051 2094758
Fax. +39 051 2094747

Media Enquiries
Sofia Kuhn
Head of Scientific Communication
European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
Rue Paul-Emile Janson 6
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 506 89 87
Fax. +32 2 506 89 80