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Frontiers for Young Minds Nutrigenomics Collection / Call for abstracts for the Frontiers for Young Minds Nutrigenomics collection
Calling all creative NuGO writers and researchers!

The NuGO Early Career Network (ECN) are offering a unique opportunity for you to share the best of your research with a new generation of budding scientists who are still at school! NuGO Researchers are invited to submit a short lay summary (written for the audience of Frontiers for Young Minds) of a recently published scientific article (original article or review) that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2020

For further information, please visit:
ECN webinars 2020 / Webinar- Proposal writing- 31 July 2020
We are also happy to confirm the scheduling of a webinar on the much requested topic of proposal writing on 31 July 2020:

“Ever wondered what happens to your proposal when you submit it?

This webinar seeks to give insight on how to write a successful grant proposal from the perspective of a proposal reviewer. Dr Sian Astley will uncover the essential steps to making your proposal sellable to the reviewers and will highlight some of the pitfalls to avoid.

For this special webinar, we would like to invite you to send any questions that you already have on the project proposal process by 11 July 2020 to: or comment directly on this post. Further information and registration details will follow.
ECN webinars 2020 / Webinar- Microbiota analysis for nutritional research- 5 June 2020, 16:00
DATE: Friday, 5 June at 16:00 h (CET)
TITLE: Microbiota analysis for nutritional research: concepts and tips to get started
HOST: Dr Kathryn Burton (Agroscope, Switzerland)

REGISTRATION: Attendance is FREE but registration is required.
Please register at:

Webinar resumé
The gut microbiota has emerged as an important predictor and potential influencer of health and disease. Consequently, the gut microbiota is increasing studied in nutritional studies. Inspired by the 6th Nutrition Winter School in Levi (Finland), ‘Diet & Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body’, this webinar seeks to introduce the core concepts and terminology used in microbiota research and provide a practical example of how sequencing technology (specifically focusing on 16SrRNA) can be used to explore the link between diet and nutrition, and the gut microbiota composition.

Kathryn is a dietitian and nutrition researcher working at Agroscope, the Swiss centre of excellence for Agricultural Research. Trained in clinical nutrition at the University of Nottingham (UK), she pursued a career in nutritional research with a masters in human health at AgroParisTech (France) leading to her PhD thesis on the nutrigenomics of dairy foods at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). After a short post doctoral experience at Agroscope, she is working as a research for the Human Nutrition Group with special interests in the effect of diet on the gut microbiota, analysis and integration of big data to better understand the role of diet on health. Kathryn has been a NuGO ECN board representative for the last two years.

The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend live.
Job announcements / Post doctoral position at the Max Rubner-Institut- nutrition and metabolomics
In the EU-funded JPI project FoodPhyt ("Food phytochemicals matter for cardiometabolic health") a postdoctoral position (3 years) is offered.  The post is at the Max Rubner-Institut Karlsruhe, Department of Safety and Quality of Fruit and Vegetables. The overall aim of the project is to better understand and use the contribution of plant foods and their phytochemicals to health. The aim during the postdoc is the development of validated and targeted methods for the accurate assessment of plant food consumption using biomarkers. For further information please see attached advert.
Job announcements / Post doctoral position at ETH Zurich in collaboration with Agroscope
NutriExhalomics project

The postdoctoral position is offered in the framework of a project will combine the areas of breath analysis and nutrition by applying metabolomics technologies for the identification and quantification of metabolites derived from nutrition and present in exhaled breath. Prerequisites include a Ph.D. in chemistry or nutritional sciences; strong background in “big data” analysis and/or programming; experience with modern mass spectrometry is advantageous.

Application deadline: May 31, 2020
ECN webinars 2020 / Webinar- Dietary Challenges and Metabolomics Analysis - 24 April 2020
NuGO ECN are delighted to announce that our first webinar of 2020 will complete the multivariate statistics series with our special invited speaker Prof Jarlei Fiamoncini:

DATE: Friday, 24 April: 16:00 h (CET)
TITLE: Dietary Challenges and Metabolomics Analysis as Phenotyping Tools for the Identification of Metabotypes and Early Markers of Chronic Diseases.
HOST: Prof. Jarlei Fiamoncini (Dept of Food and Experimental Nutrition, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo, BZ)
REGISTRATION: Attendance is FREE but registration is required. Please register at: GoToWebinar

Space is limited and priority is given to ECN members on a first-come-first-served basis.

Webinar resumé
In this webinar, we will talk about the application of dietary challenges combined with metabolomics analysis for the generation of data that allows the identification of individual post-prandial responses. In particular, we will discuss how multivariate statistics can be employed to reveal distinct human metabotypes and susceptibility to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Prof. Fiamoncini is a biologist working as an assistant professor in the Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of São Paulo. This role follows his PhD in Human Physiology (University of São Paulo) and post-doctoral experiences in Prof. Hannelore Daniel’s group at the Technical University of Munich and in Claudine Manach’s group at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). With a background in targeted and untargeted metabolomics and an interest in the metabolism of bile acids, Prof. Fiamoncini’s research is now focused on understanding post-prandial metabolic adaptations and how these are affected by different meal components.

Prof. Fiamoncini is also a former NuGO ECN board representative and we are delighted to welcome him back to share his recent research experiences.
Job announcements / Fellowship: Newcastle University (UK)
The 2020 Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship Scheme, is now open for applications with a closing date of 6th March 2020.  Anyone within the ECN who is interested should contact Prof. John Mathers (email: ) in the first instance to let him know if they are interested in applying.  John will be delighted to give more background to the application process and the University to the potential candidate.

This is an excellent opportunity for talented researchers in nutrigenomics to develop towards an independent career.
NUAcT Clinical Fellows will join a thriving cohort of talented early career researchers across the NUAcT Scheme and across the whole University.
A candidate briefing pack for those applying to the Medicine and Biological Sciences panel is attached.
What does the NUAcT programme offer?
   • Five years' salary (or five years FTE equivalent if working part time)
   • Initial fixed term appointment with progression to an open-ended contract subject to review
   • Research expenses (up to £50k, subject to research programme needs)
   • Funding for a PhD studentship associated with the research project
   • Dedicated mentors with world class expertise and significant research management experience
   • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class interdisciplinary research centres
   • A bespoke personal development plan and extensive training opportunities
   • Peer support from a cross disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers
Further details about how to apply can be found by following this link.
A direct link to the recruitment portal for the NUAcT Clinical Fellowship can be reached by clicking here:
External training / Free course on molecular biological pathways and networks
Interested in pathway analysis?

Check out a free course on molecular biological pathways and networks that the BiGCaT department of Bioinformatics at Maastricht University created for the Helis Academy.

“Learn create and curate pathways, put them on WikiPathways and use them for omics analysis or as the start of biological networks that can be used for more advanced types of analysis”.

Course date: 30-31  March 2020
Further information and registration details at:
PhD/training funding / NuGO training grants
6th Nutrition Winter School 27-31 January 2020,Levi, Finnish Lapland

Title: Diet and Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body
Date: 27-31 January 2020, Levi, Lapland, Finland

Course Website:

Grants: NuGO will make 4 course grants available for PhDs and postdocs (< 3 years after obtaining the PhD) covering the course fee of 550€. For more details about the grant and how to apply please visit: grants Winterschool Lapland 2020

Deadline grant application: 31 October 2019.

For detailed infomation about this symposium please visit the programme
External training / The 6th Nutrition Winter School

Diet and Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body
27.1. – 31.1.2020, Levi, Lapland, Finland
Nutrition Winter School is a scientific seminar aimed at young post docs and PhD students from the fields of nutrition, medicine, and biochemistry. Ever since we organized this event for the first time in 2009, our goal has been to gather early-career scientists and top researchers from various backgrounds to enjoy scientific lectures and fruitful discussions under the magical atmosphere of the Finnish Lapland.
The 6th Nutrition Winter School will take place in Lapland at Levi, Kittilä, Finland from January 27th to 31st, 2020. This time the theme of the seminar is Diet and Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body. This theme is covered by internationally renowned experts from a clinical, experimental, and molecular biological point-of-view.
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Robert-Jan Brummer, Örebro University                                   Dr Federica Facciotti, European Institute of Oncology
Prof. Karl-Heinz Herzig, University of Oulu                                         Dr Jonna Jalanka, University of Helsinki
Prof. Stefan Kiechl, Medical University of Innsbruck                        Prof. Eero Mervaala, University of Helsinki
Dr Milla Pietiäinen, University of Helsinki                                           Dr Justus Reunanen, University of Oulu
Dr Anu Ruusunen, University of Eastern Finland                              Prof Seppo Salminen, University of Turku        
Prof Michael Schemann, Technical University of München              Dr Filip Scheperjans, Helsinki University Hospital       
Prof. Magnus Simrén, University of Gothenburg

Check out the preliminary program:
Early Bird registration and call for abstracts are now open! Be fast and book your place today!
ECN webinars 2019 / 6th September 2019- ECN multivariate statistics webinar 2
The ECN committee are pleased to announce the second webinar in our series on multivariate statistics that will be delivered by Dr Claus Mayer:

Sparse multivariate methods and integration of omics data sets

Friday 6th September, 16:00-17:00 CET

Multivariate methods like principle component analysis (PCA) or partial least squares (PLS) are essential in revealing structure in high-dimensional omics type data, where the number of variables is typically much larger than the number of samples (p>>n). As useful as these methods are to study the relationship between samples the high number of variables obscures the interpretation which genes, proteins or metabolites contribute to the patterns we see. Sparse methods enforce the loadings of most variables to be 0, while still explaining much of the variation in the data and thus enable an easier biological interpretation of the results. Dr Mayer will introduce sparse versions of some commonly used multivariate methods and illustrate their use in data examples.
In a second part he will present methods that simultaneously analyse two (or more) data sets like Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) or Co-Inertia Analysis (CIA). These tools allow to study the joint influence of two sets of variables (eg. a transcriptomic and a proteomic data set) on the variation within samples while showing the relationship between the data sets at the same time.

Dr Claus Mayer is a senior statistician working for Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland. His main area of research in recent years has been the analysis of high-dimensional genomics data with a particular emphasis on gene expression studies (microarrays, RNAseq) and related areas (proteomics, methylation studies. Dr Mayer has worked on methods of integrating/combining such omics data sets from different sources like combining high-dimensional  data from different stages of an experiment in a group-sequential setting, conducting meta-analysis of comparable gene expression studies or integrating different types of omics data collected from the same samples. Dr Mayer has also investigated ways of quickly calculating overall summary statistics of pairwise (cross-) correlations within one or more high-dimensional data sets and has studied ways of turning such (partial) correlation structures into sparse biologically interpretable networks.

Sign up for the webinar at:
NuGO conference 2019 / ECN annual social 2019- Tuesday 10th September
Join us in Bern during NuGOweek 2019 for the NuGO ECN annual social !

This year there will be an adventure room, speed-networking, refreshments and more!

Don't miss out, participation is limited, please sign up on the NuGOweek 2019 registration homepage.

Further information is given in the attached flyer.

Many thanks to Michel Combes for the flyer design:)

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ECN webinars 2019 / 28th June 2019: ECN webinar on Multivariate statistics- part 1
The first webinar in a three part series on the theme of multivariate statistics in nutrition will be delivered by Maren Büttner 

How to uncover biological patterns in omics data
Friday 28th June, 16:00 CET

This webinar is targeted at researchers who are using (or plan to use) omic data such as metabolomics, proteomics or transcriptomics to address their research questions. The first part of the webinar will cover how to use principal component analysis (PCA) as a tool for dimensionality reduction and detection of biases. In addition, guidance will be provided on how to select the number of meaningful components and how to interpret the loadings of principal components (if necessary). The second part of the webinar will explore how to complete basic clustering, including hierarchical clustering (e.g. as used in dendrograms), and how to extract groups from it. A practical example of the typical workflow for these analyses will be provided with an R script example for those who use R programming.

Extensive knowledge in R programming is not essential to participate in the webinar but the application of some of the methods is demonstrated in the R environment.

To sign up, please register directly at: