An international team of scientists have embarked on an ambitious study, which is believed to be the biggest research of its kind. The objective is to discover if individualised lifestyle strategies can be developed to fight or prevent metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
To do this, the METAPREDICT ('Developing Predictors of the Health Benefits of Exercise for Individuals') project plans to identify molecular biomarkers and study the response to exercise and training. This is supported by EU-funding of EUR 6 million and a multidisciplinary research group including medical staff, physiologists, and experts in genetics, genomics, informatics, and metabolism.
Principle coordinator of the project is Jamie Timmons, a professor of systems biology at Loughborough University. He says METAPREDICT has set out to study how 300 people in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Canada and the United States respond to a 10-week supervised exercise-training programme.