Workshop: Biomarkers of Inflammation Towards Guidance for Future Nutrition Studies

Seville, Spain
14/05/2012 – 15/05/2012


A major concern in western countries is chronic inflammatory disorders, such as obesity, type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, where prevalence increases. There are studies suggesting that various dietary components have an impact on inflammatory conditions. However, the heterogeneity of the tools used in these studies and the lack of clear information on the relationship between clinical symptoms and markers of inflammation are limiting the progress of knowledge in this field. There is a clear need for more good quality studies assessing the impact of nutrition and specific nutrients on chronic inflammatory responses, using more standardized sets of inflammatory markers. Today clear recommendations on which markers of inflammation to use and how to interpret changes/patterns are missing.

The purpose of the workshop was to review and comment on a draft manuscript, which has been prepared by a group of experts, to help validate the conclusions presented in the manuscript.


The main objectives of the workshop were to review the experts’ work in listing biomarkers of inflammation and identifying emerging concepts in this area. By this approach, the workshop contributed to a better understanding of the current limitations and emerging opportunities for assessing inflammation. The goal of the workshop was to identify robust markers of inflammation and provide guidance to future studies.


The outcome will collect the feedback from the workshop to modify the draft report of the expert group.


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Welcome and opening of the workshop
S. Vidry, ILSI Europe, BE

Inflammation in the clinic
S. Holgate, University of Southampton, UK

Inflammation and Nutrition
M. Müller, Wageningen University, NL

A real life example
B. van Ommen, TNO Quality of Life, NL

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