The Innovative Centre for Nutrition Sciences is a project of the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at WULS-SGGW. It is a modern didactic and laboratory building that is designed for conducting scientific activities in the field of human nutrition sciences and for other, related implementation and educational activities. In the future, it will be equipped with a unique laboratory equipment, enabling scholars to conduct research at the global level.
The task of the Innovative Nutrition Centre as a leading scientific, didactic and implementation institution is to develop research directions, the results of which will be introduced to solve nutrition and health problems of the Polish society by reducing the occurence of diet-related diseases in the Polish population. This will bring specific health, social and economic effects. Thanks to the results of the research, early diet preventon will contribute to reducing the risk of metabolic diseases, which are one of the most causes of death, and which are estimated to cause 38 million deaths annually.
The necessity of taking measures to reduce the occurence of diet-related diseases is also justified by the public expenses incurred for their treatment: in 2013, 3.8 million patients with such diseases were treated with medical care worth of 10.5 billion PLN (ca. 2.4 billion EUR).
It is estimated that the total costs associated with the treatement of diet-related diseases will increase from the current 42 billion PLN (ca. 9.7 billion EUR) annually to 93 billion PLN (ca. 21.6 billion EUR) in 2030, while the treatment of obesity and its complications alone will absorb about 25% of the budget allocated to health care. To reduce the size of these data that are unfavorable for the Polish population, it is also necessary to modify the market offer of food products, whose innovative recipes will be developend in the planned investment.
An important advantage of the Innovative Centre for Nutrition Science is a holistic approach to the necessary change in the diet of Poles: food and nutrition experts will carry out physicochemical food research here, shape its pro-healt profile, but also design effective nutritional interventions. This approach will positively influence the effectivess of health education, which will focus on effective dissemination of the principles of proper nutrition and therapy of diet-related dieseases, and based on reliable and innovative research results in the area of interdisciplinary science about human nutrition. The operation and mission of the Innovative Centre for Nutrition Science will focus on the person as an individual, on raw material and product resources, as well as on inteligent transfer of research resulst and technology to the Polish food and nutrition system, which will contribute to consumer confidence in food and improve the health of the Polish society.
The Innovative Centre for Nutrition Sciences will be a research and didactic institution, comprehensively educating professionals in the field of human nutrition, dietetics, health care, designing food that meets the highest standards of quality and safety, while meeting consumer expectations and preferences, thus realizing the idea of a holistic approach to nutrition sciences and its applied character.
The investment project is worth 62 million PLN (ca. 14.4 mln EUR). The value of the co-financing from the budget of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education is 40 million PLN (ca. 930 000 EUR). The project to create the Innovative Centre for Nutriton Sciences includes constructing a new, multi-functional didactic building with the area of approximately 7.5 thousand sq.m., in which there will be 15 didactic rooms, 11 laboratories with 10 labs and 2 halls and a conference room with facilities.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin, and the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, prof. dr hab. Wiesław Bielawski, signed an agreement enabling the transfer of funds from the ministry. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, also took part in the ceremony and the press confernce. The Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Prof. Wiesław Bielawski, during the opening of the press conference, thanked the Deputy Prime Minister, Jarosław Gowin, for granting funds to this project. The Rector presented the tasks that the Centre for Nutrition Sciences will fulfill in the future to the gathered media. The Deputy Prime Minister, Jarosław Gowin, stressed that such a necessary project, which will contribute to improving the health of the society, deserves to be subsidized. The Minister Gowin also stressed the importance of our University to the national economy. Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski also focused in his speech on the element of cooperation between researchers and the agriculture in the broad sense.
The guests of the University had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the modern laboratories of the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, which were presented by the faculty members led by the Dean, prof. dr hab. Krystyna Gutkowska. Before the press conference, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin visited part of the Ursynów Escarpment that was restored by WULS-SGGW, located directly behind the Rector’s Palace.