About

The University of Granada (UGR) is one of the largest and historically academic centres in Spain, ranking in the very top group of Spanish Universities in teaching and research. The Department of Paediatrics has one of the best Paediatric Nutrition Programmes in Spain, with respect to research, training and impact on policy and practice. The Departments of Experimental Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, the Institute of Neurosciences and the “Brain, Mind and Behaviour Centre”, have worked closely with the Paediatrics Department for many years on numerous projects.

Expertise

UGR has been involved as a partner in the projects FP5 EU NUHEAL, FP6 EARNEST and FP7 NUTRIMENTHE, EarlyNutrition and MyNewGut. In these projects UGR has been involved in different work packages, with the main goal of exploring the effect of diet during early life on brain development, mental performance and behaviour. The expertise achieved during NUTRIMENTHE has positioned UGR as leader in the field of nutrition, cognition and behaviour, and brain development (neuroimaging studies). Within NUTRIMENTHE a new Neuropsychological Battery, for the assessment of the most important cognitive domains in European children, was developed, led by UGR. Most recently, within the EarlyNutrition project, UGR is involved in two different approaches: To understand the fatty acids transfer through the placenta and its regulation in obese pregnant women, including gene expression of receptors and the proteins involved in this process (PREOBE study, also included in DynaHEALTH with different goals); and a new random controlled trial (RCT), the NIGOHealth study, focused on interventions in obese women trying to control glycaemic index during pregnancy and on reducing the incidence of gestational diabetes in these women. The follow-up of the offspring is also included in DynaHEALTH, where the growth and neurodevelopment of the children and the effect of prenatal metabolic situation on glycaemic control in the children will be studied.

Our team

Professor Cristina Campoy

Professor of Paediatrics and DynaHEALTH Lead Investigator.

Cristina is a Paediatrician, Neonatologist and Master in Endocrinology & Nutrition. She is Director of the EURISTIKOS Excellence Centre for Paediatric Research sited in the Biomedical Centre for Research (CIB) of the Health Science Technological Park (PTS) of Granada, conducting large clinical trials and leading laboratory based studies. Cristina has published more than 240 peer reviewed journal articles and chapters in National and International Journals and books. She was co-ordinator of the FP7 EU funded consortia NUTRIMENTHE Project between 2008 and 2013, is coordinator of the Excellence Project PREOBE, and a Principal Investigator in NIGOHealth and COGNIS. Cristina is also a member of The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition, the Early Nutrition Academy (ENA), The Spanish Royal Academy of Nutrition and Food Sciences, member of the Doctor Oloriz Neurosciences Institute and of the Biohealth Sciences Institute of Granada.

Professor Andrés Catena

Andrés is Director of the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Centre (CIMCYC) with expertise in neuroimaging and brain circuitries (MRI, fMRI, EEG/ERP, DTI etc.)

Dr Miguel Pérez-García

Miguel is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Faculty of Psychology and CIMCYC at UGR, and President of the Federation of Spanish Neuropsychology (FANPSE). He is also Coordinator of the Clinical Neuropsychology Handbook, of the Spanish version of the Frontal System Behaviour Scale and is responsible for more than 15 research projects; he is an expert in cross-cultural neuropsychology and assessment of executive functions.

Dr. Antonio Suárez

Antonio is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has expertise in the development of a selected microorganism system with several properties for healthier human nutrition, and is researching the involvement of microbiome in the "gut-brain axis" controlling eating behaviour in obesity.

Role in this project

The University of Granada is responsible for research tasks in Work Package 1.