The CICN, which will be of interest to UCLouvain academics as well as industrialists, will involve experts in intestinal micro-biotics and physical activity, psychologists, toxicologists, pharmacists, bio-statisticians, endocrinologists and bio-engineers. It will draw on the expertise within UCLouvain’s three sections (Health Sciences, Science and Technology, and Human Sciences) so as to centralise skills and propose a multidisciplinary approach in conducting scientifically validated studies on nutrition.
According to the UCL, no other centre offers such an interdisciplinary approach in Belgium.
The CNCN will have a special type of infrastructure, combining biological sampling rooms, taste-analysis rooms, a kitchen, a dining room and even a relaxation room equipped with cameras to analyse nutritional behaviour. The centre will also be using the existing infrastructure of the effort-test laboratory of the Faculty of Motricity Sciences.