The Competence Cluster for Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health (nutriCARD) aims to achieve sustainable improvements to human health. The cluster is strengthened through the expertise of the universities Halle-Jena-Leipzig and further regional non-university institutions. nutriCARD is launched initially for three years and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
About 40 scientists support the interdisciplinary research and holistic approach which aims to unravel the underlying mechanisms of diet- and age-related diseases and to prevent cardiovascular diseases in particular. The development and launching of cardio-protective foods and consumer education are main objectives.
nutriCARD aims to improve recipes of traditional products with regard to nutrient composition.
The Competence Cluster for Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health (nutriCARD) joins forces and creates synergies to improve cardiovascular health and help prevent onset of cardiovascular disease. It provides the infrastructure and develops a forum for rapid knowledge transfer from academia to industry, meaning results from research lead directly and efficiently into real-life practice and vice versa. This interactional process which encompasses research on the association between nutrition and cardiac health uses proof of concept studies applied to the development and marketing of health-promoting foods, in particular cardioprotective food.
The research approach includes concepts for the development and optimization of food, evaluates nutrition strategies and exercise programms, communicating strategies, as well as education policies.