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Latest News

From dietary behaviour to physical activity: I.Family researchers present insights into childhood & adolescent health
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Circulating microRNAs are regulated in overweight/obese children: preliminary results of the I.Family Study
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The influence of physical fitness on cardio-metabolic risk factors in European children: the IDEFICS study
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Intervention can be key to helping families make healthier choices: I.Family research paper published in Obesity Reviews
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Effects of location on BMI: IDEFICS paper accepted by scientific journal Plos One
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Find out more in the project’s brochure and read the full project description here.  Don’t forget to follow the I.Family Study on Facebook and Twitter.


What is the I.Family Study?

Our EC-funded project has two objectives:

Measures of brain activity with fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance imaging)

Measures of brain activity with fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance imaging)

(1) Understand the interplay between barriers against and drivers towards healthy food choice;

(2) Develop and disseminate strategies to induce changes that promote healthy dietary behaviour in European consumers especially adolescents and their parents.

Since Easter 2013, eight cohort centres across Europe have been busy with their study participants – children and their families – completing paper and online questionnaires, conducting interviews on relationships and health, undertaking psychological tests and physical examinations, analysing biological samples and using accelerometers to measure activity.

What is the aim of all this research activity?

To identify effective interventions that help families make lifestyle – and in particular food – choices which support lifelong health. Our research studies have been taking place not only in clinics and universities but in schools and community centres which are easier to access for children and their families.


I Family’s mobile examination centre facilitates participants' arrival.

I.Family’s mobile examination centre.

In Germany, this approach has been taken one step further.

The I.Family Mobile Study van has proved really popular with study participants as it enables the research team to meet them in their local environment, rather than expect them to travel to specific locations.



The I.Family research team says ‘Thank you!’ to all study participants across Europe.


EU-logo This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration  under grant agreement no 266044.  

Last modified: April 20, 2016

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