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Location: Tartu, Estonia

Tartu Ulikool (UT)

The University of Tartu is experienced in conducting interdisciplinary translational research aimed at identifying neurochemical underpinnings of affect-related behavioural traits, and developing original approaches to modelling animal and human behaviour and psychiatric disorders. We also have extensive experience in exercise and metabolism studies. Besides having received numerous national grants for basic and applied research, this research group has previously participated in the FP6 integrated project NEWMOOD, has been funded by the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (U.S.A.), and is currently included in the FP7 Consortium Aggressotype and the Horizon 2020 Consortium CoCA. It is operating in modern facilities of the brand new biomedical and natural science campus of the University of Tartu and has technical resources for all modern biomarker analyses. UT is responsible for conducting the Estonian Children Personality Behaviour and Health Study (ECPBHS) that provides a unique resource for the current proposal in terms of extensive and detailed longitudinal data on impulsivity, nutrition, physical activity, fitness, etc. In addition to ECPBHS, we are conducting the Estonian Psychobiological Study of Traffic Behaviour, another unique investigation of impulsive traits and realistic anti-social behaviour, with a biobank and validation by cross-linking the database with police registry and traffic insurance registry. We operate locally within a larger network of the Estonian Centre of Behavioural and Health Sciences that supports multidisciplinary approach and provides technologically diverse competence from molecular biology to epidemiology and sophisticated data analysis. Our main tasks in New Brain Nutrition will include examining how diet is associated with the development of impulsive and compulsive behaviour in longitudinal and familial aggregation analysis, taking into consideration both genetic and environmental factors and how changes in nutrition and other aspects of lifestyle are reflected in alterations of epigenetic profiles. Website:

Prof. Jaanus Harro, MD, PhD
Project Leader

Dr. Kariina Laas, PhD

Dr. Jarek Mäestu, PhD

Dr. Mariliis Vaht, PhD

Dr. Inga Villa, MD, PhD

Mrs Katrin Tomson-Johanson MA

Ms Urmeli Joost, MSN

Ms Liisa Haabpiht MA

Ms Katre Sakala MA

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New Brain Nutrition is the public dissemination effort of Eat2beNICE, a consortium of 18 European universities, hospitals and agencies doing research on the connections between nutrition, lifestyle and mental health. We look to attract members of the public, health professionals, and representatives of industry and government to help develop healthier lifestyles and improved mental health.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 728018

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