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Final Conference

Welcome to the Final Conference of the COST Action FA1403 POSITIVe to be held the 25th and 26th of September 2018, Lisbon, Portugal.

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The scientific network COST POSITIVe was developed to address through a multidimensional approach, the complexity of the inter-individual variation in response to plant food bioactives consumption and in relation with the prevention of cardiometabolic disorders. This large network has gathered top-level scientists from diverse research areas (nutritionists, clinicians, microbiologists, experts in gut microbiome, nutrigenomics, molecular biologists and food scientists) and from more than 70 Universities and  Research Institutions distributed across 32 European countries. During these past four years, these experts have worked together to compile and critically analyse the available literature in order to enhance our understanding of the potential factors responsible for the inter-individual variation in response to plant food bioactives consumption, including aspects related with  their bioavailability and with their bioefficacy to improve cardiometabolic health. Considering these factors is crucial for establishing effective food based dietary guidelines underpinned by scientific knowledge of which food components are responsible for the health effects, which individuals can benefit from them, and how the knowledge can be used for the design of foods with specific health claims and personalized nutrition.

The final Conference of the COST Action POSITIVe, opened to the whole scientific community,  will present the main findings of the work carried out within the network and will also invite distinguished speakers to present recent advances and interesting perspectives in the field of personalized nutrition. This conference will also be the place for discussion with panels of scientists and stakeholders about the integration of plant food bioactive compounds in future strategies of precision nutrition to become healthier.

We hope that you will join us for this POSITIVe’s conference!

Thank you for your consideration.

The Steering Committee of the Action.

Satellite symposium of:

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NOVA University rectory building
Campus de Campolide, Lisboa


Registration to the COST Conference is open to everybody and is available at
Registration fees: 50 euros (for everybody) - By bank transfer only

Program Overview - Final Conference

25th September (9h00-17h30)

- Main Findings from POSITIVe: Major determinants involved in interindividual variations in plant food bioactives ADME and cardiometabolic responses (Detailled session available soon)

  1. “Determinants of interindividual variability in absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of plant food bioactives” -Tom van de Wiele, Univ of Ghent, Belgium
  2. “β-Carotene in Humans – Metabolic Pathway and Bioactivation - from Digestion to Tissue Distribution and Excretion” - Torsten Bohn, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Strassen, Luxembourg
  3. “Microbiome variants in relation to bioavailability of plant food bioactives” - Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy
  4. “Untargeted metabolomics for assessment of true exposure to plant food bioactives” - Claudine Manach, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Clermont Ferrand, France
  5. “How to report inter-individual variability in scientific publications” - Aleksandra Konic-Ristic, Univ of Belgrade, Serbia
  6. “Investigating variability in cardiometabolic response to plant food bioactives: approaches and main findings from POSITIVe” - Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, King’s College, London, UK
  7. “Evaluation of cell and molecular targets of plant food bioactives: implications for inter-individual variability” - Dragan Milenkovic, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Clermont Ferrand, France
  8. “Impact of gut microbial metabolism on cardiometabolic markers” - Francisco Tomas-Barberan, CEBAS-CESIC, Murcia, Spain
  9. “Beyond results - lessons learned from POSITIVe meta analyses” - Emilie Combet, University of Glasgow, UK

- Round Table "Future for plant food bioactives in precision nutrition" between WG leaders, chairs and the audience
In introduction: “POSITIve Roadmap”, Baukje de Roos, Univ of Aberdeen, UK

26th September (9h-17h00)

- Recent advances in research on interindividual variability and interesting perspectives in the field of personalized nutrition

Confirmed invited speakers:

Pr Eileen Gibney (UC Dublin, Ireland) : « Main findings from Food 4Me - Next steps »
Pr Baukje de Roos (Rowett Institute, UK): « Personalized intervention: a precision approach for the next generation of intervention studies »
Pr Anne Marie Minihanne (East Anglia Univ, UK)  : “ Key determinants of flavonoids absorption and subsequent metabolism of a mixed dietary flavonoid source – COB Study”
Pr Ben van Ommen (TNO, NL) "The role of personalised nutrition in the prevention and treatment of metabolic disease"
Pr Paul Franks (Lund University- Diabete Center. Sweden) "Lifestyle in the context of precision medicine"
Pr Wim Verbeke (Univ Ghent, Belgium) "Personal determinants of consumers’ healthy and sustainable food choices"

- Round table (30 min) - Discussion on personalized nutrition and health with panel of stakeholders

About 2nd FBH

The Final Conference of POSITIVe is organized as a satellite of the 2nd conference on Food Bioactives and Health (Website).
POSITIVe participants can submit their abstracts to FBHC until the 15 June at

One-day registration at FBH is possible for POSITIVe members :

  • students 100€
  • academic 200€
  • Industry 300€

For registration just for one day please contact FBHC organizing committee (

Practical Information for POSITIVe partners

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