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Improving health through dietary phytoestrogens: A pan-European network on consumers' issues and opportunities for producers

Contract number : QLK1-2002-02453
Contract type : Thematic Network
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Alkmini Katsada
Project website : not yet available
Prof. Dr Francesco Branca
Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione
Nutrizione Umana
via Ardeatina 546
00178 Roma
Tel.: +39-06-5032412
Fax: +39-06-5031592
E-mail: F.Branca @

Given the potential benefits that phytoestrogen (PE) intakes in the range of 60...100 mg/d may have on cardiovascular risk, cancer risk and osteoporosis prevention, new means of increasing PE consumption in Europe are being explored. This proposal will lead to the establishment of a pan-European network of institutions dealing with safety and health effects of phytoestrogens, identification of optimal sources and processing technologies, building around a cluster of three EU funded RTD projects. The project envisages the organisation of scientific meetings, preparation of consensus papers, fact sheet for regulators, producers and consumers, on-line communication with all stakeholders, i.e. scientists, product manufacturers, consumers targeted to receive products, and regulatory authorities guaranteeing that benefits will overcome risks will be represented.


The proposal aims at coordinating research funded by the EU and by member governments in the area of phytoestrogens. A first specific objective is to find consensus about the health and safety of phytoestrogens, establish the acceptance by consumers and to review regulation of PE-enriched food products and supplements in Europe. A second specific objective is to review active compounds, existing sources, manufacturing techniques. A third specific objective is to communicate to opinion leaders and regulating agencies about health and safety of phytoestrogen preparations. A fourth specific objective is to highlight controversial areas and to give recommendations for research.


University of Hull
School of Medicine
Centre for Metabolic Bone Disease
Brocklehurst Building, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road
HU3 2RW Kingston-upon-Hull
United Kingdom
Istituto Nazionale per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori
Unità Epidemiologia
Via Venezian 1
20133 Milan
Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas y Ambientales de Barcelona
Department of Environmental Chemistry
Jordi Girona, 18-26
08034 Barcelona
Università degli Studi di Milano
Dipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche
Via Balzaretti 9
20133 Milano
ENITA de Bordeaux
Micronutrients, Reproduction and Health Unit
Cours du Général de Gaulle, 1
33 175 Gradignan
Università degli Studi di Parma
Department of Public Health
Section of Hygiene
Human Nutrition Laboratory
Via Volturno, 39
43100 Parma
University College Cork
National University of Ireland
Department of Food Science, Food Technology and Nutrition
Nutritional Sciences
Western Road
Unilever UK Central Resources
Molecular Nutrition & Physiology
Biosciences Division
Unilever Research Colworth
Colworth House
MK 44 1LQ Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire
United Kingdom
Università degli Studi di Bari
Dipartimento di Scienze Chirurgiche Generali e Specialistiche
Piazza Giulio Cesare Ii
70124 Bari
Tor Vergata University
Laboratory of Pediatric Endocrinology
Department of Public Health and Cell Biology
Via Montpellier 1
00133 Rome
INRA Theix
Unité des Maladies Métaboliques et Micronutriments
63122 St Genès-Champanelle
University of Vienna
Medical School
Department of Pathophysiology
University Hospital
Währinger Gürtel 18 - 20
1090 Wien
Kellogg Management Services (Europe) Ltd
Talbot Road
M16 QPU Manchester
United Kingdom
University of Ioannina
Laboratory of Biological Chemistry
Medical School
45110 Ioannina
Karolinska Institutet
Department of Medical Nutrition
Novum, Huddinge University Hospital
141 86 Stockholm
Leatherhead Research International
Randalls Road
KT22 7RY Leatherhead
United Kingdom
Medical Research Council
Institute for Environment and Health
94 Regent Road
LE1 700 Leicester
United Kingdom
Hormos Nutraceutical Ltd.
Pharmacity, Itäinen Pitkäkätu 4C
20520 Turku
Department of Nutritional Physiology
Nutrition and Food Research
Utrechtseweg 48
3700 AJ Zeist
The Netherlands
Federal Research Centre for Nutrition
Institute of Nutritional Physiology
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 9
76131 Karlsruhe
Ato B.V.
Bornsesteeg 59
6708 PD Wageningen
The Netherlands
University of Turku
Department of Anatomy
Institute of Biomedicine
Functional Foods Forum
Kiinamyllynkatu 10
20520 Turku
Harokopio University
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Laboratory of Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics
70, Eleftheriou Venizelou Ave.
176 71 Kallithea, Athens
University la Sapienza of Rome
Medical Physiopathology Department
Policlinico Umberto I
Viale del Policlinico
00161 Rome
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Abteilung für Ernährungstoxikologie
Institut für Ernährungswissenschaften
Dornburger Straße 25
07743 Jena
Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Abteilung für Interventionsstudien
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Bergholz-Rehbrücke
Rowett Research Institute
Cellular Integrity Division
Greenburn Road
AB21 9SB Bucksburn, Aberdeen
United Kingdom
University of Ulster
Northern Ireland Centre for Diet and Health
School of Biomedical Sciences
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
United Kingdom
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
Research Department of Human Nutrition
Rolighedsvej 30
1958 Frederiksberg C
International Academy of Phytotherapy
Via Brusaura 2
Dolo (Ve)
University of Athens
Department of Pharmacy
Pharmacognosy Laboratory
Panepistimiopolis Zografou
157 71 Athens
Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
19 Mørkhøj Bygade
2860 Søborg
Università degli Studi di Milano
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari e Microbiologiche
Via Celoria, 2
20133 Milano
National Public Health Institute
Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion
Nutrition Unit
Mannerheimintie 166
300 Helsinki
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment RIVM
Laboratory of Health Effects Research
Department Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis & Genetics
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3720 BA Bilthoven
The Netherlands
ORFFA Belgium NV
Burgstraat 12
4283 ZG Giessen
The Netherlands
Technological Educational Institute of Crete
Laboratory of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Department of Crop Science
School of Agricicultural Technology
71500 Heraklion-Crete
Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Zoologie
Professur für Molekulare Zellphysiologie
Mommsenstraße 13
01062 Dresden
University of Helsinki
Department of Chemistry
A.I. Virtasen Aukio 1
00014 University of Helsinki
Polish Academy of Sciences
Department of Tumour Immunology
Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy
R. Weigla 12
53114 Wroc_aw
The University of Reading
School of Food Biosciences
RG6 6AP Reading
United Kingdom
Nestec S.A.
Nestlé Research Center
Metabolic & Genetic Regulation
BP 44
1000 Lausanne 26
TU Braunschweig
Institut für Lebensmittelchemie
Schleinitzstraße 20
38106 Braunschweig
Karolinska Institutet
Institute of Environmental Medicine
171 77 Stockholm

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