Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, CARPE Conference 2019: Horizon Europe and beyond

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Research Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living
Raymond Pieters, Nienke Bleijenberg, Katarina Jerkovic, Cyrille Krul, Cindy Veenhof, Harriet Wittink

Last modified: 22-11-2019



The Research Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living of the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht aims to enable healthy urban living.


According to the latest concept, health entails the capacity to respond resiliently to stressors that disturb homeostasis. In addition, an individual’s health benefits from the ability to self-manage and is determined by personalized conditions. One of the derived research challenges is to obtain know-how (biomarkers) and tools (e.g. point-of-care, wearables) to monitor an individual’s health condition in daily life.


The well-known quotes “you are what you eat” and “sitting is the new smoking” indicate that condition of the oro-gastrointestinal tract and physical activity are pivotal to health. With this popular knowledge, we set out to identify biomarkers to monitor health benefits from nutrition and physical activity. Our first studies with human volunteers indicated that immune and intestinal parameters are responsive to physical stress (performed on a bicycle ergometer) in a clear kinetic manner, related to extent of physical activity and influenced by an unhealthy condition (deprivation of water intake during exercise).


Our next research goals are to: -evaluate the initial selection of biomarkers in specific patient-groups and; -how these biomarkers are influenced by the condition of the oro-gastrointestinal tract, e.g. via nutrition.


bionmarkers, health, point of care, wearables

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