The University Medical Center Groningen is affiliated with the University of Groningen which was founded in 1614 in the Netherlands. The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) was established in 2005 as a joint activity of the University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital Groningen (AZG). At present, the UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on ‘healthy and active aging’. Research on the relation between Food and Health forms an important contribution to the understanding of our Healthspan, the time in our life that we spent in good health. The influence of nutrition on the diseases we will develop during life and thus on our healthspan, starts already before conception by the food that our mothers consume and continues throughout life. Little is known about such influences in relation to mental health. The research on the relation between Food and mental health is comprehensive and needs a multidisciplinary approach. In Groningen, several aspects of the relation between Food and Health are studied. In WP1, the epidemiology of nutrition and mental health is studied, while in WP2 we take part in one of the clinical trials of Eat2beNICE.
Third party ACCARE
The Accare Child Study Center is a leading Dutch institute for mental health research in children and adolescents. It is embedded within the University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is specialised in top-level clinical care and research in neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on tic disorders, ADHD, conduct disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. This research is part of an interdisciplinary research institute, the Graduate School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences. It is involved in many international projects focused on genetics, gene-environment interactions, neuroimaging, and treatment evaluations.
The Accare Child and Adolescent Psychiatry clinical service has access to over 2000 new child and adolescent patients per year and has a dedicated ADHD specialty clinic. The clinical and research teams include a total of 10 child and adolescent psychiatrists, 20 senior psychologists, 5 post-docs and 20 trainees.