EFRO-Immunoforce, “Development of specialised food to increase gut immune competence of young children and animals”

  • Vervelde, Lonneke (Principal Investigator)
  • van Eden, Willem (Principal Investigator)

Project Details

Layman's description

In the first period of life, the immune system of animals including humans is not yet fully developed. All kinds of important substances are transferred directly from the mother to the young to provide protection against pathogens and to help the immune system to develop further. However young animals and newborn children are still susceptible to infections affecting e.g. the gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract. The project 'ImmunoForce' combines scientific and product-technical knowledge from academic and industrial partners with the aim of developing safe food products that enhance early immunity in young animals and children. It is hoped that this will result in reduced use of antibiotics and a decreased occurrence of antibiotic resistance.
The European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO) has granted a € 2,6 million subsidy to support research into new food products to strengthen the immune system in humans and animals. Partners include: Trouw Nutrition Nederland BV (Putten), Mead Johnson Nutrition BV (Nijmegen), Wageningen Universiteit, Universiteit Utrecht, UMCN St. Radboud (Nijmegen) en NIZO food research (Ede).
Effective start/end date1/01/1231/12/15


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