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Nutritional biomarkers to advance understanding of association between diet and type 2 diabetes

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2018-02-28


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 Project objective

Objectives: There is an unabated rise in the burden of type 2 diabetes (T2D) with associated premature morbidity, mortality and cost to individuals and society. There is an urgent need to identify modifiable factors that can prevent T2D. This Fellowship aims to use objectively measured nutritional biomarkers to improve the precision of dietary assessment for investigating the association between dietary factors and T2D risk. The use of biomarkers opens the possibility to investigate gene/diet interactions, which can lay the foundation for future stratified or personalised nutrition, and to address causality of associations using genetic-based approaches.

Method: Measurement of plasma vitamin C, six carotenoids and 25-hydroxyvitamin D is now complete in the EPIC-InterAct study across 26 centres within 8 European countries in the world’s largest study of T2D incidence with 12,403 new-onset T2D cases, and a random sub-cohort of 16,835 individuals. We will examine the distribution and determinants of these nutritional biomarkers within European populations and investigate the association between biomarkers and T2D, and biomarker-gene interaction on T2D. Combining these data with other studies, we will use Mendelian randomisation to examine potential causal association of biomarkers with T2D.

Relevance: Diet and nutrition are crucial for the prevention of non-communicable disease including T2D, but measurement error in self-report dietary assessment has posed a major challenge in identifying specific dietary components that elevate or mitigate disease risk. The systematic use of nutritional biomarkers on an unprecedented scale opens up an important new frontier to advance diet/health research. Specifically, this proposal will clarify the distribution and determinants of important biomarkers within European populations and as well as increasing aetiological understanding, will enable the estimation of the population impact of dietary factors on avoiding new cases of T2D


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Xia Jiang, Paul F. O’Reilly, Hugues Aschard, Yi-Hsiang Hsu, J. Brent Richards, Josée Dupuis, Erik Ingelsson, David Karasik, Stefan Pilz, Diane Berry, Bryan Kestenbaum, Jusheng Zheng, Jianan Luan, Eleni Sofianopoulou, Elizabeth A. Streeten, Demetrius Albanes, Pamela L. Lutsey, Lu Yao, Weihong Tang, Michael J. Econs, Henri Wallaschofski, Henry Völzke, Ang Zhou, Chris Power, Mark I. McCarthy, Erin D. Michos, Eric Boerwinkle, Stephanie J. Weinstein, Neal D. Freedman, Wen-Yi Huang, Natasja M. Van Schoor, Nathalie van der Velde, Lisette C. P. G. M. de Groot, Anke Enneman, L. Adrienne Cupples, Sarah L. Booth, Ramachandran S. Vasan, Ching-Ti Liu, Yanhua Zhou, Samuli Ripatti, Claes Ohlsson, Liesbeth Vandenput, Mattias Lorentzon, Johan G. Eriksson, M. Kyla Shea, Denise K. Houston, Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Yongmei Liu, Kurt K. Lohman, Luigi Ferrucci, Munro Peacock, Christian Gieger, Marian Beekman, Eline Slagboom, Joris Deelen, Diana van Heemst, Marcus E. Kleber, Winfried März, Ian H. de Boer, Alexis C. Wood, Jerome I. Rotter, Stephen S. Rich, Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Martin den Heijer, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Alana Cavadino, Peter K. Joshi, James F. Wilson, Caroline Hayward, Lars Lind, Karl Michaëlsson, Stella Trompet, M. Carola Zillikens, Andre G. Uitterlinden, Fernando Rivadeneira, Linda Broer, Lina Zgaga, Harry Campbell, Evropi Theodoratou, Susan M. Farrington, Maria Timofeeva, Malcolm G. Dunlop, Ana M. Valdes, Emmi Tikkanen, Terho Lehtimäki, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Mika Kähönen, Olli T. Raitakari, Vera Mikkilä, M. Arfan Ikram, Naveed Sattar, J. Wouter Jukema, Nicholas J. Wareham, Claudia Langenberg, Nita G. Forouhi, Thomas E. Gundersen, Kay-Tee Khaw, Adam S. Butterworth, John Danesh, Timothy Spector, Thomas J. Wang, Elina Hyppönen, Peter Kraft, Douglas P. Kiel
Genome-wide association study in 79,366 European-ancestry individuals informs the genetic architecture of 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02662-2
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-06-13
2017 Ju-Sheng Zheng, Stephen J. Sharp, Fumiaki Imamura, Albert Koulman, Matthias B. Schulze, Zheng Ye, Jules Griffin, Marcela Guevara, José María Huerta, Janine Kröger, Ivonne Sluijs, Antonio Agudo, Aurelio Barricarte, Heiner Boeing, Sandra Colorado-Yohar, Courtney Dow, Miren Dorronsoro, Pia T. Dinesen, Guy Fagherazzi, Paul W. Franks, Edith J. M. Feskens, Tilman Kühn, Verena Andrea Katzke, Timothy J. Key, Kay-Tee Khaw, Maria Santucci de Magistris, Francesca Romana Mancini, Elena Molina-Portillo, Peter M. Nilsson, Anja Olsen, Kim Overvad, Domenico Palli, Jose Ramón Quirós, Olov Rolandsson, Fulvio Ricceri, Annemieke M. W. Spijkerman, Nadia Slimani, Giovanna Tagliabue, Anne Tjonneland, Rosario Tumino, Yvonne T. van der Schouw, Claudia Langenberg, Elio Riboli, Nita G. Forouhi, Nicholas J. Wareham
Association between plasma phospholipid saturated fatty acids and metabolic markers of lipid, hepatic, inflammation and glycaemic pathways in eight European countries: a cross-sectional analysis in the EPIC-InterAct study
published pages: , ISSN: 1741-7015, DOI: 10.1186/s12916-017-0968-4
BMC Medicine 15/1 2019-06-13

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