MaNuEL – Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub (english)

Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub

The Joint Action “Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub” (MaNuEL) is part of the Strategic Research Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life”(JPI-HDHL). MaNuEL is a consortium of 22 research groups from 7 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands and New Zealand). MaNuEL started on March 1, 2016 and has obtained funding for two years.

General project objectives are to

  • gain knowledge regarding the definition, prevalence, effective screening and aetiology of malnutrition in older persons in different health care settings across Europe;
  • translate scientific knowledge into effective evidence-based strategies and derive recommendations regarding screening and identification of persons who will benefit from nutritional interventions;
  • develop a productive and sustainable competence network of researchers with complementary expertise in the field of malnutrition in older persons;
  • promote harmonisation of screening and assessment of malnutrition in older persons in current practice as well as future research.

MaNuEL is built on 5 interconnected malnutrition work packages (WP 1-5) and one management WP (WP6).


MaNuEL is funded by national funding organisations from Austria, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands (approximately 1.1 million Euro) and by in kind contributions from the participating research groups (approximately 0.8 million Euro). For Germany, the project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

Project coordinators:

Professor Dorothee Volkert, PhD, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Professor Marjolein Visser, PhD, VU Medical Center Amsterdam, Niederlande

IBA research associates:

Eva Kiesswetter, PhD

Melanie Streicher, M. Sc.


Austria Medical University Vienna (MUV)
Medical University Graz (MUG)
France Champmaillot Centre Geriatric Research Unit-Dijon (CHU)
French National Institute for Agronomic Research Paris (INRA)
School of Agricultural Studies Angers (ESA)
Gerontopole of Toulouse (CHU)
Germany German Institute for Human Nutrition Potsdam (DIfE)
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU)
Ulm University (UUlm)
Leipniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology Bremen (BIPS GmbH)
Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (CAU)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Ireland University College Dublin (UCD-1)
University of Limerick, Department of Life Science (UCC)
Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre – Microbiome Institute Cork (UCC)
Institute of Food and Health Dublin (UCD-2)
New Zealand University of Auckland (UoA)
Spain Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria Madrid (IRYCIS)
The Netherlands VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VU)
Wageningen University Research Centre (WUR) 
HAN University of Applied Sciences (HAN)
Dutch Malnutrition Steering Group (DMSG)
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen