Professor Paolo Vineis of Imperial College London, and a researcher in the STOP project, recently co-authored* an article in Frontiers in Genetics (www.frontiersin.org | 1 April 2019 | Volume 10 | Article 325), on “The Cord Blood Insulin and Mitochondrial DNA Content Related Methylome”.
Frontiers in Genetics publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research on genes and genomes relating to all the domains of life, from humans to plants to livestock and other model organisms. The article talks about the relationship between mitochondrial DNA content and insulin levels at birth, which could predispose children to metabolic diseases later on.
*This study was co-authored by Brigitte Reimann, Bram G. Janssen, Rossella Alfano, Akram Ghantous, Almudena Espín-Pérez, Theo M. de Kok, Nelly D. Saenen, Bianca Cox, Oliver Robinson, Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Joris Penders, Zdenko Herceg, Paolo Vineis, Tim S. Nawrot and Michelle Plusquin.
The STOP project will bring together a range of key health and food sector actors to generate scientifically sound and policy-relevant evidence on the factors that have contributed to the spread of childhood obesity in European countries and on the effects of alternative policy options available to address the problem. This evidence will complement, systematise and partly reframe the findings of an established body of prior research by leveraging the latest scientific findings.
*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 774548.