BIOMIC_AUTh, an inter-disciplinary team active on biomarker discovery (disease diagnosis/prognosis/therapeutic intervention), pre-clinical drug research and agro-food R&D, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Central Analytical Facility, has recently presented FoodOmicsGR_RI, a research infrastructure which aims to provide a focal point for the realization and initiation of R&D efforts from research institutes, universities and the private sector to address a number of priorities for the agri-food sector. Eight Academic and Research Institutions participate in the project: the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (project coordinator), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Agricultural University of Athens, the University of Ioannina, the University of Crete, the International Hellenic University, the University of the Aegean, and the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA).
What is FoodomicsGR exactly?
FoodomicsGR aims to provide a reference center, a center of excellence for the analysis of the molecular/elemental content of food products, with its spearhead on small molecule analysis (metabolomics). FoodOmicsGR will support development work in different fields of the agrifood sector: generation of novel high level products, characterisation of foods, evaluation of health claims, nutritional studies and so forth.
FoodOmicsGR also intends to provide a focal point for the realization and initiation of R&D efforts from research institutes, universities and the private sector to address a number of issues for the agri-food sector, as well as the basis for synergistic efforts and ideas that will generate new knowledge and new research aims. The proposed facility aims to integrate research and development (R&D) and services, and play central role for the realization of different R&D activities that can be grouped in two directions: on the one hand providing data from analysis of food and agricultural products in order to gain new knowledge and enhance their position in the international market. On the other hand, to investigate the relation between nutrition, health and wellness.