The Nutrition Researcher Cohort (NRC) is a global cohort of researchers in nutrition and health sciences who gather self-assessment data on their lifestyle and their health. NRC gives YOU access to reliable information on YOUR personal health trajectory, and the effects of YOUR diet on YOUR personal health. Taken together, OUR data will provide a powerful and valuable open access resource that allows US to discover and publish new and important relationships between diet, lifestyle and health.
Our first goal is to gather and validate self-assessment data from at least 250 scientists on OUR lifestyle, exposure to diets and dietary bioactives, levels of biomarkers of health and disease, as well as OUR genome, metabolome and microbiome. And each of YOU will be able to propose new studies based on OUR dataset, or employ OUR platform to validate new self-assessment methods across different countries.
This is just one large proof-of-principle study to show that we can create a cohort, and create robust data, that are invaluable to anyone with an interest in diet and health. Our goal is to establish a nutrition-researcher cooperative where participants enter their personal health data, and collective datasets are exploited to calculate and visualise personal advice packages that empower participants to adapt a more healthy diet and lifestyle. In doing so, we contribute to a fundamental change in societal health and healthcare.
Do you want to have your metagenome sequenced? Are you interested in your plasma metabolites and want to participate in scientific research? You are willing to occasionally sample a small volume of blood, urine or feces, enter food-intake and simple metrics; then you’re in! In the NRC250 study, you are not just a test subject but you are also owner of your data!
The NRC250 protocol was submitted for approval in 10 European countries. From every country approximately 25 participants can join the study. On top of this page, in the announcement section you will find in which countries recruitment has started and which countries are about to start. However, if in your country recruitment has not started yet, you can already sign up for the NRC membership. As soon as enrollment starts you will be notified to register for the NRC250 study and give the corresponding specific study consent.
If you are about to register for the NRC, keep in mind that the NRC250 study requires an active participation! In addition to occasional do-it-yourself blood sampling, participants report their weight, height, food-intake, questionnaires, blood pressure, physical activity and more. Some of these measurements (metabolomics and metabolomics) are sponsored while some of them are at your own cost.
• Make you a member of a unique community
• Provide you with interesting and unique picture of your quantified self
• Give you access to analyses that are not available through regular healthcare
• Make you a contributor to a unique cohort dataset that can be used in many research projects that you will be able to select yourself
JOIN YOUR NUTRITION RESEARCH COLLEAGUES IN THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY!
September 2013 was the start of the Pilot Study during the NuGO week
May 2014, representatives of different universities, institutes and companies from more than 10 different countries met in Rome
Finland was the first country that gained MEC approval of the NRC250 protocol
enrollment of the first participants into the NRC250 study
University Eastern Finland
University of Leuven
The Netherlands email
United Kingdom email
Charles University Prague
Czech republic email
University of Barcelona
University College Dublin
Techn Univ Munchen
University of Copenhagen
If your country is not represented, please contact Ivana Bobeldijk-pastorova for more information
University Eastern Finland