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Diet-Body-Brain: From Epidemiology to Evidence-based Communication


Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings
Institut für Ernährungs- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften
Endenicher Allee 19b
53115 Bonn


Dietary factors play an important role in cognitive development and cognitive decline across the lifespan, and development of neurodegenerative diseases. Evidence-based dietary recommendations are intended to minimize the risk of chronic diseases in the population; however, effective strategies to achieve corresponding long-term changes in dietary behavior in the population are missing.

The cluster, Diet – Body – Brain (DietBB), acts in the region of Bonn-Cologne and includes academic partners, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the German Nutrition Society, and two industry partners, all located within a radius of 30 km around Bonn.

The cluster consists of six interdisciplinary thematic areas, which are scientifically linked:

  • development of novel methods and technologies for nutritional and behavioural sciences
  • investigate in population-based studies of food intake and food patterns, and brain structure and function across the lifespan (DONALD Study, Rhineland Study, DELCODE Study etc.)
  • conduct dietary intervention studies on the effect of food patterns and polyphenol availability on systemic inflammation and risk markers for neurodegenerative diseases
  • investigate genetic and epigenetic factors as a biological link between food intake and neuro- degeneration
  • identify individual and contextual factors as determinants of food choices
  • communicate research results and integrate them into individualized dietary recommendations