IDAMES in brief

The aim of this project is to generate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for innovative methods assessing diet in epidemiological studies that allow quantitative and detailed characterisation of individuals regarding their dietary intake including alcohol.

Specific expert reports from the scientists of the participating institutions will be prepared for the workshop and work in the work packages. Most of the partners recently collected locally new data on dietary intake using different approaches. The geographic coverage and the different socio-cultural backgrounds are strengths of this methodological approach. The reports will be made available by the web sites of this project. Particular links will be established to the ALPHA-Project which coordinates assessment of physical activity in the public health sector.

Specific data analyses (secondary data analyses) of the cohort populations will be requested from the associated partners about the feasibility of more technology driven approaches and participation rates in the various study populations regarding repeated dietary assessment.

A further methodological approach is to invite experts with specific experience in technologies being of relevance for our proposal to the meetings and the workshop. The workshop is the place in which expertise is exchanged in a concentrated manner. We consider the work shop as an adequate mean to foster intense discussions about the assessments tools available and the future directions of their use in study populations.

The technique of SWOT-analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) will be used to evaluate new technologies.

Pilot studies regarding the feasibility with the proposed best assessment tools for diet in existing prospective study populations across Europe will give a realistic proof of their applicability on the European level.

The guidelines for new innovative instruments and methodologies to assess dietary intake including alcohol use will be formulated as SOPs. SOPs are now widely used in life science to communicate the best practise in a field and to increase standardisation of approaches across research groups.

The overall information of the project results will be communicated by scientific presentations, internet information web sites including documents and SOPs and written material for distribution.

-- HerbertPiechot - 22 May 2007


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