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METAHEALTH receives 10 million euros from National Science Agenda

18 March 2022
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), within the National Science Agenda (NWA-ORC call 2020/21), has awarded the project METAHEALTH: 'Health in a microbial, socio-cultural and healthcare context in the first thousand days of life', led by Prof Egija Zaura (ACTA, Preventive Dentistry/Cariology/Childhood Dentistry) a total of 10 million euros.

Obesity, tooth decay and low socio-economic status often go hand in hand. This has negative consequences for health and well-being.

In METAHEALTH, together with all stakeholders, we want to: 1) gain in-depth knowledge about the interaction between lifestyle, environment and microorganisms during pregnancy and the first thousand days, 2) learn how care can better match the needs and complex daily reality of children and families, and 3) co-create effective interventions to prevent obesity and tooth decay based on this knowledge. Of course, this can only be done in close cooperation with all stakeholders from the start.

About the consortium

The consortium consists of:

  • Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA);
  • University of Amsterdam;
  • Amsterdam UMC - Location AMC;
  • Amsterdam UMC - Location VUmc;
  • Wageningen University & Research;
  • TNO;
  • University of Twente;
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences;
  • Inholland University of Applied Sciences;
  • VU Amsterdam;
  • University of Porto (Portugal);
  • GGD Amsterdam;
  • Bètapartners;
  • Nederlands Instituut voor Biologie (NIBI);
  • PANEL;
  • Jeugdtandverzorging (JTV) Amsterdam;
  • NVvK;
  • Onkolyze (Singapore & UK);
  • Supabase (Singapore & US);
  • Sarphati Amsterdam;
  • Coop Nederland;
  • Ivoren Kruis;
  • Netherlands Youth Institute (NJi);
  • Nederlands Centrum Jeugdgezondheid (NCJ);
  • PHAROS;
  • Food4smiles;
  • Eerstelijns Verloskundigen Amsterdam Amstelland (EVAA);
  • Gezonde Generatie van Samenwerkende Gezondheidsfondsen (SGF);
  • Academie Verloskunde Amsterdam Groningen;
  • Voedingscentrum;
  • Nederlandse Vereniging van Dietisten (NVD);
  • BaseClear;
  • Smallsteps/Partou;
  • I3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (Portugal).

Meer information
VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam also wrote about the scholarship.

Picture: Anca Danila, ‘Infant Obesity’ (2008-2021)