2016 Grant Awardees
This year the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) selected six projects to receive 187,000 euros, reinforcing its commitment to research that helps improve our understanding of the benefits of eating nuts and dried fruits, as well as dissemination projects.
INC awarded grants to three research projects on the relationship of dried fruit to glycemic response, the effects of nut consumption and endothelial function, and the relationship between nuts and fat cells.
Project: Dried fruit as a means for lowering the glycemic response to high glycemic index-carbohydrate foods (clinical study). Lead researcher: Dr. Cyril Kendall, Glycemia Consulting Inc., Canada.
Project: Exploration of the effects of nut consumption on markers of inflammation and endothelial function (systematic review and meta-analysis). LR: Prof. Linda Tapsell, University of Wollongong, Australia.
Project: Effects of nut-derived miRNAs on inflammatory and metabolic profile of fat cells (animal and cell study). LR: Dr. Daniele Lettieri-Barbato, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
INC also issued a total of 50,000 euros in grant money to three promotion and dissemination projects. The goal is to build consumer demand for nuts and dried fruits and provide information about their properties and qualities. Additionally, INC prioritizes projects aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the scientific findings that come from INC-funded research on health and nutrition.
These projects were the beneficiaries of the INC's grants:
Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM), Czech Republic. Project: Nuts, Obesity and Diabetes Symposium, 34th International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition.
Nucis Italia. Project: "Nuts & Fit, Frutta Secca & Sport, il mix ideale per tenersi in forma".
Nucis Germany. Project: "Update Ernährungsmedizin" (Nutritional Medicine Congress Update)
Moreover, INC is allocating nearly 200,000 euros to a Global Dissemination Program to encourage the use of nuts and dried fruits as a top of mind product.
Claudia de Chiara
SOURCE International Nut & Dried Fruit Council (INC)