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Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub


The Joint Action ‘Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub’ which resulted in the Knowledge Hub MaNuEL, is one of the multiple actions of the European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life".


MaNuEL aims to create a network of dedicated scientists to build better research capacity on malnutrition across Europe. It will contribute to a common/shared understanding regarding the definition of malnutrition, the aetiology and prevalence of malnutrition in older persons, preferred screening tools, and effective interventions for malnutrition in older persons in different health care settings. MaNuEL will provide insight into current clinical practice, policies, and health professional education on malnutrition and will identify best practice examples and recommendations for improvement. The activities of the Knowledge Hub will contribute to the development of a productive and sustainable competence network in the field of malnutrition.


The project is led by Professor Marjolein Visser - VU Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands - and Professor Dorothee Volkert - Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. In Ireland, MaNuEL is being led by Dr Clare Corish and Dr Eileen Gibney in UCD and by Dr Eibhlis O’Connor in UL.