Title of project or programme

NANA – Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing

Principal Investigators of project/programme grant
DrArleneAstellUniversity of St AndrewsUK
 Mr Tim AdlamBath Institute of Medical Engineering Ltd. UK
 Dr Faustina HwangUniversity of Reading UK
 Dr Elizabeth WilliamsUniversity of Sheffield UK
 Mr Steve WoodSanctuary Care Ltd UK
Address of institution of lead PI
InstitutionUniversity of St Andrews
Street AddressSt Mary’s College, South Street
CitySt Andrews, Fife
PostcodeKY16 9JP

United Kingdom

Source of funding information

Medical Research Council

Total sum awarded (Euro)


Start date of award


Total duration of award in months


The project/programme is most relevant to
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Neurodegenerative disease in general

Supporting Older People; Nutrition

Research abstract in English

Background: Current figures suggest that 1 in 4 older people are likely to be malnourished. Malnutrition in older people is closely linked to physical frailty, which is a major factor in the development of disability and dependency in old age. Malnutrition may be due to a range of factors including impaired physical function, such as problems with chewing and swallowing or reduced mobility; mental health factors such as depression or social isolation; and cognitive factors such as dementia or other neurological illnesses. It is difficult to examine the links between diet, physical health, mental health and cognitive factors due to inadequacies and unsuitability of currently available methods of measurement.
Description: The aim of this project is to improve the methods available for collecting nutritional information from older people using advanced technology to overcome the limitations of current pen and paper methods. The second aim is to develop a comprehensive assessment package that integrates nutritional information with information on health status; function in activities of daily living; cognition; and mental health to improve the targeting of interventions. The assessment package must be suitable to monitor events over time so that changes and rates of decline or improvement can be detected. Objective: This is a multi-disciplinary programme involving Psychology, Nutrition, Engineering and Software Engineering. Assessment Toolkit. The objective is to develop an assessment toolkit which uses data collected in an older person’s home and analysis this in order to establish likely causes of malnutrition.

Lay summary

    Types: Investments > €500k
    Member States: United Kingdom
    Diseases: Alzheimer's disease & other dementias, Neurodegenerative disease in general
    Years: 2011
    Database Categories: N/A
    Database Tags: N/A

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