Physical Activity and Nutrition INfluences In ageing


Life expectancy is increasing dramatically, but the period of good health (healthspan) enjoyed by most is not keeping pace, with implications for health, social care, and pensions resulting in estimated costs more than doubling by 2050. Thus, understanding the many factors that contribute to healthy ageing versus frailty, and validating interventions and influencing policy to promote healthy ageing is a cross-cutting research priority in Europe. Given the considerable impact of lifestyle factors on healthy ageing and disease, there is a surprising lack of innovative multi-disciplinary training and research examining the influence of physical activity and nutrition on age-related changes at gene to societal level. PANINI will address this gap by coordinating research laboratories across Europe to focus on cutting-edge ageing and health research through training 11 ESRs across scientific disciplines to create a holistic approach to the challenge of ageing in the 21st Century. PANINI is a European Training Network with 8 world-leading beneficiaries working on Healthy Ageing and 10 nonacademic partners carefully selected for quality and range of sectors. These vary in size including 1 large nutrition company, 5 SMEs, 2 charities, 1 healthcare partnership and 1 EU Joint Research Centre. PANINI’s vision is to implement multidisciplinary cross-sectoral research and training of a new cohort of researchers taking a radically innovative approach to overcome the challenge of unhealthy ageing. The main goals of PANINI are to: integrate expertise from basic biomedical science and technology to applied clinical practice; standardise measurements across the network to create a toolkit and shared dataset; provide multidisciplinary training secondments to expose ESRs to healthcare and industry research settings and other laboratories; disseminate widely the shared and individual project findings; and use these to develop a policy document to promote healthy ageing in Europe.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Paolo Garagnani

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Medicina Specialistica, Diagnostica e Sperimentale


Other Participants:
Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Tno (Netherlands)
Stichting Vu (Netherlands)
Universidade Do Minho (Portugal)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Personal Genomics Srl (Italy)
Eindhoven University Of Technology - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)
University Of Jyvaskyla (Finland)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.873.941,92
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/01/2016
End Date: 31/12/2019

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Good health and well-being This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 675003