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POSITIVe Final Conference

Final Conference of POSITIVe

COST Action FA1403 - POSITIVe

« Interindividual variation in response to plant food bioactives »

25 and 26 September 2018



Program Overview

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Tuesday, 25th September 2018

8.00 a.m. – 8.45 a.m. Welcome

(8.45 a.m. – 17.30 p.m.)

Main Findings from POSITIVe: Major determinants involved in interindividual variations in plant food bioactives ADME and cardiometabolic responses

Morning session 8.45 –  12.25


8.45 – 9.00


Dr. Christine Morand (INRA-Clermont –Ferrand, France)

Introduction of the COST Action POSITIVe – Final Conference

9.00 – 9.35


Dr. Tom van de Wiele (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Determinants of interindividual variability in absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of plant food bioactives

9.35 – 10.10


Dr. Torsten Bohn (Luxembourg Institute of Health, Strassen, Luxembourg)

β-Carotene in Humans – Metabolic Pathway and Bioactivation - from Digestion to Tissue Distribution and Excretion

10.10 – 10.45


Dr. Anne Marie Minihanne, Univ of East Anglia, UK

Key determinants of flavonoids metabolism following mixed dietary flavonoid source – COB Study 



11.15 – 11.50


Dr. Claudine Manach (National Institute for Agricultural Research-INRA, Clermont Ferrand, France)

Untargeted metabolomics for assessment of true exposure to plant food bioactives

11.50 – 12.25


Dr. Aleksandra Konic-Ristic (University of Belgrade, Serbia - University College Dublin, Ireland)

Quality of reporting of clinical trials addressing the inter-individual variation in response to plant bioactives


Afternoon session 13.55 – 17.30

13.55 – 14.30


Dr. Ana Rodriguez-Mateos (King’s College, London, United Kingdom)

Investigating variability in cardiometabolic response to plant food bioactives: approaches and main findings from POSITIVe

14.30 – 15.05


Dr. Dragan Milenkovic, National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Clermont Ferrand, France

Evaluation of cell and molecular targets of plant food bioactives: implications for inter-individual variability

15.05 – 15.40


Prof. Francisco Tomas-Barberan, CEBAS-CESIC, Murcia, Spain

Impact of gut microbial metabolism on cardiometabolic markers



16.10 – 16.45


Dr. Emilie Combet, University of Glasgow, UK

Beyond results - lessons learned from POSITIVe meta analyses

16.45 – 17.30




ROUND TABLE “Future of plant food bioactives in precision nutrition”

Moderators: Chairs ; Participants : WG leaders, speakers, the audience

Introduction : Prof. Baukje de Roos (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)

POSITIVE roadmap



Wednesday, 26th September 2018

(9.00 a.m. – 16.30 p.m.)

Recent advances in research on interindividual variability and interesting perspectives in the field of personalized nutrition


Morning session 9.00 – 12.00 a.m.


9.00 – 9.30


Dr. Eileen Gibney, University College of Dublin, Ireland

Main findings from Food 4Me - Next steps

9.30 – 10.00


Dr. Baukje de Roos, University of Abeerden, UK

Personalized intervention: a precision approach for the next generation of intervention studies

10.00 – 10.30


Dr. Kieran Tuohy (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy)

Microbiome variants in relation to bioavailability of plant food bioactives



11.00 – 11.30


Prof.Rikard Landberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

New personalized strategies for optimal metabolic responses to fibre-rich foods

11.30 – 12.00


Dr. Paul Franks, University of Lund, Sweden

Lifestyle in the context of precision medicine


Afternoon session 13.30 – 16.30 p.m. 

13.30 – 14.00


Prof. Wim Verbeke (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Personal determinants of consumers’ healthy and sustainable food choices

14.10 – 14.15


Dr. Pascale Fanca Berthon (Head of Nutrition & Health Science, Naturex, France)

From science to market: challenges of personalized nutrition with botanicals

14.15 – 14.30


Dr. Carlos Javier González Navarro (Director of Innovation, Centre for Nutrition Research, University of Navarra, Spain)

Food innovation and personalized nutrition: What is (Spanish) industry demanding from scientists and technologists 

14.30 – 14.45


Dr. Marjan van Erk (TNO; program manager public-private consortium on Personalised Nutrition & Health, The Netherlands)

Technologies and knowledge for tailored, scientifically grounded products and services in personalized nutrition

14.45 – 15.00


Dr Adrian Hodgson (Nutrition Innovation Consultant, SPOON-GURU, United Kingdom-USA)

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and precision nutrition are transforming the way people eat and drink

15.00 – 16.00


Round Table: Debate on personalized nutrition and health with a panel of stakeholders

(Moderator: Dr. María-Teresa García-Conesa, CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)

16.00 – 16.30 

Closing ceremony and group photos



Registration is OPEN to all community and have a fee of 50€.  Complete you registration here

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Methods of Payment Accepted

You can pay your registration fees only through bank transfer addressed to iBET using  the details provided below after your registration is completed.

Account Holder: Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnologica (iBET) 
iBET's VAT Number: PT 502 112 255 
Bank Name: MilleniumBCP 
Bank Address: Rua Sebastião José Carvalho e Melo, 6 - 2750-483 Cascais - Portugal 
Account number: 00057396744 
IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 00057396744 05 


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