08 January 2014

Early milk and microbiota to stimulate later immunity- NEOMUNE

Neomune will provide fundamental knowledge on how diet (milk and milk supplement) and early microbial colonization influence infant cognitive function and immune system and development.

Shortly after birth, infants must adapt to milk intake and tolerate colonization by billions of microbes along all body surfaces, including the gut. Together, the first diet and gut microbiota stimulate immunity, cognitive function and digestive development, with long term influence on health.

Through infant studies and by using piglets and mice as models NEOMUNE will investigate how early diet and exposure to microorganisms influence the immune system, cognitive function and digestive development.

Infant diet and microbe exposure influence later life 

NEOMUNE is a biological and technological research platform aiming to understand basic mechanisms, improve clinical care, and to identify new diet products for newborn infants.

Translation of scientific results into sustainable solutions for infants is an important aspect of NEOMUNE. This will be achieved through close collaboration between universities, hospitals and industry worldwide.

How diet and bacterial colonization best support maturation for term, preterm and low birth weight infants remains unknown.

We hypothesize that diet and gut microbiota interventions during the first weeks of life promote immunity, gut and brain maturation, both short and long term.

Original title: Early milk and microbiota to stimulate later immunity – NEOMUNE

Start date: July 2013

End date: June 2018

Grant donor:

The Danish Council for Strategic Research

DKK 4,700,000