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Project Management (Theme 9)
Theme Leader - Prof. Berthold Koletzko

The project management provided a structure that addressed the complexity of the project and ensured the effective integration of each of the activities within the different Themes.

Internal management structure
The project was coordinated by Professor Berthold Koletzko with a project office based at the University of Munich. The Project Co-ordination Committee, made up of all the Theme leaders, oversaw the project progress, which included all scientific, ethical, dissemination, training and financial matters. The General Assembly was composed of one member from each partner and had the ultimate decision making responsibility for the consortium.

External advisory groups
The large size of the consortium and the 5 year duration of the project made it imperative to have periodic external review and critical stimulation. Therefore, 2 advisory groups were set up that met once every 12 months to review the project progress based on written progress reports and face to face discussions with project partners. These were the Project Advisory Group and the Dissemination and Exploitation Consensus Platform.

The Project Advisory Group (PAG) focused on the scientific and technological progress of the project. Members of the PAG are listed below:

1. Agricultural Science, Medicine
Professor Wim HM Saris
Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Maatricht

2. European Expert Panels on Perinatal and Infant Feeding, Clinical Trials
Professor Raanan Shamir
Associated Professor of Pediatrics, Meyer Children's Hospital of Haifa

3. EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
Dr Pilar Rodriguez Iglesias
Scientific Co-ordinator of the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies

4. Dietetic Industry + Food Retail Sector
Dr. Roberto Moran
Director of Worldwide Medical and Nutritional Affairs, McNeil Nutritionals, a Johnson & Johnson Company

5. Food Nutrition Science/Genetics/Molecular Biology
Dr Alfredo Martinez
Director of the Department of Physiology and Nutrition University of Navarra, Spain

6. Food Technology
Professor Torger Borresen, PhD
Research Director of the Department of Seafood Research at the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research

7. Plant and Biotechnology Science
Professor Daniel Ramon
Professor of Food Science at University of Valencia and Scientific Director of Biopolos S.L.

8. Epidemiology and Public Health
Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, MD, MSc, PhD
Professor in Life course Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College London, University of London, UK, and Department of Public Health and General Practice, University of Oulu, Finland London.

9. Research Council
Dr. Gilman Grave
Chief, Endocrinology, Nutrition and Growth Branch, NIH, USA

10. Genetics
Professor John Mathers
Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Newcastle


The Dissemination and Exploitation Consensus Platform (DECP) supported the interaction of the project partners with advisory and decision-making bodies and acted as a multiplier for acquired knowledge and also helped identify additional target groups.

Prof Michiel Korthals
Netherlands - ethicist

Dr Andrée Bronner
France - infant food industry trade association,

Professor Frank Furedi
United Kingdom - social science,

Carole Middleton
United Kingdom – Dietetics

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Przyrembel
Germany - food policy

Dr Lena Grimm
Germany - Intellectual Property rights

Dr Jean Michel Antoine
France - food industry

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