Our expertise

Within the CICN, we realize exploratory clinical studies to evaluate the effects of behavior, food compounds and/or every type of feeding on health, biological parameters or on the perception and receptivity of the subjects. 

For this purpose, we take care of every steps involved in clinical studies, depending on your needs, following the EFSA’s guidelines, the good clinical practices and the regulations in force (belgian law from the 7 May 2004 related to human experimentations and the european directive 536/2014) :

  • Redaction and submission of the protocole, informed consent form and all files requisite  by the Ethical Committee and by the Competent Authority if needed, follow up; 
  • Recruitment, subjects follow up, harvesting samples ;
  • Coordination between partners ;
  • Data management (using a program that respects HIPPA standards), statistical analysis et results interpretation

Our assets are numerous :

  • A flexible and personalized service depending on your needs
  • A pluridisciplinary team of scientific experts from the University
  • An ideal situation, at Louvain-La-Neuve, enabling to approach all the age categories of the population. 
  • Adapted infrastructure for clinical studies in the Nutrition with forefront equipments

Service catalog

The collaboration between University partners with various expertise in the field of Nutrition enable to propose a large analyzes panel. Please find below some examples of parameters that could be analyzed at the CICN. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASUREMENTS

Mesures anthropométriques

Anthropometric measurements

body weight follow up, body weight composition (DXA, impedancemeter, biometric measurements, …)

HEPATIC FUNCTION AND STATE

Fonction/état hépatique

Hepatic function and state

fibrosis and steatosis evaluation (Fibroscan®), measurement of hepatic enzymes, hepatic proteins, …

GUT PHYSIOLOGY

Physiologie de l’intestin

Gut physiology

transit evaluation (Bristol stool scale, hydrogen breath-test), tolerance and symptoms questionnaires (VAS, IBS-SSS, …), measurement of intestinal permeability, assessment of gut microbiota composition (Illumina sequencing, qPCR, DGGE) and activity, …

ADIPOSE TISSUE METABOLISM

Métabolisme du tissu adipeux

Adipose tissue metabolism

from adipose tissue biopsies we can study the lipolytic function, measure the adipocytes size, fibrosis, inflammatory markers, fatty acid pattern, …

GLUCOSE METABOLISM

Métabolisme glucidique

Glucose metabolism

HOMA, OGTT, …

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

Système cardiovasculaire

Cardiovascular system

measurement of circulating lipids, inflammatory markers and antioxydants, blood pressure, endothelial function (microtonometry, measurement of dilatation and constriction of isolated vessels from the luteal adipose tissue)

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

Physiologie/biochimie de l’exercice

Exercise physiology

endurance evaluation (effort test), electrocardiogram, questionnaires (IPAQ, QAPPA, …), from muscular biopsies we can study the protein synthesis and degradation pathways.

BIODISPONIBILITY

Etude de biodisponibilité

Biodisponibility

metabolites analyses (Orbitrap LC-MS, UPC2, …)

ASSESSMENT OF GLOBAL HEALTH STATUS

Evaluation de l’état de santé global

Assessment of global health status

questionnaires (SF36, EQVOD, …)

BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN FUNCTIONS

Comportement alimentaire

Behavioral and brain functions

claims understanding, implicit measures (eyetracking, …), measurement in real situation (video recording system, …), gastrointestinal peptides involved in the appetite regulation, questionnaires (POMS, PANAS, HAD, VAS, …)

SENSITIVE ANALYSES

Analyses sensorielles

Sensitive analyses

discrimination tests, consumer tests, descriptive tests

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS

Analyses nutritionnelles

Nutritional analysis

24-hour dietary recall, food diary, food records, food frequency questionnaire,...