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Nutrition, Physiology and Health

  • Athletic activity is physiological performance. What are the parameters that affect performance, and what effects appear in the human body?

  • Insufficient micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals ("hidden hunger") is a condition that affects large sectors of the population worldwide. We seek to understand which molecular mechanisms govern the accumulation of zink and iron in crop plants.

Food Production and Quality

  • Our food is made up of a vast array of components that are produced, traded, and processed globally. We are developing analytical methods to achieve control of food and minerals in a way that is as quick, reliable, and extensive as possible.

  • By 2050, global food production will essentially have to be doubled to keep up with the growing world population. How can this be achieved in a sustainable way while decreasing resource input?

Prevention and health promotion

  • Industrialized countries are being forced to confront a global rise in civilization diseases (e.g. diabetes). The frequency of such diseases is due in large part to individual nutrition behaviour, physical activity, and diet. What are the social and cultural factors that determine our behaviour in this connection. What can prevention do for us as individuals and for our economy?

  • Regular movement is a key to staying healthy. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease considerably. But what are the best ways to motivate people to take part in athletic activities.

  • Foods are products that are promoted heavily. How does the way it is presented in the media impact our behaviour as consumers?

Food law and consumer rights

  • Food law is heavily influenced by Europe, while food itself traditionally differs from region to region. How should legal norms be developed to resolve the conflict between harmonizing European legislation and safeguarding regional identities and perceptions of quality?

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