The Scientific and Organizing Committee of the 3rd Scientific Workshop of the POSITIVe COST Action has the pleasure to invite you to our Scientific Workshop held in Thessaloniki, Greece, on September 20th-21st, 2017.

The POSITIVe COST Action is focused on inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives and determinants involved (www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fa/FA1403, https://www6.inra.fr/cost-positive/). POSITIVe organizes a Scientific Workshop every year to share results and ideas about the role of plant bioactives and cardiometabolic endpoints considering the contribution of inter-individual variability.

The 2017 workshop is entitled “Omics breakthroughs in the health effects of plant food bioactives”. It focuses on how all «Omics» (including Nutrigenetics, Nutri(Epi)genomics, Metabolomics and Microbiomics) have helped to provide new findings on the health effects of plant food bioactives. This workshop will deal with scientific findings resulting from the use of these approaches. Both renowned and promising young researchers have been invited and will discuss their most recent scientific findings.

We sincerely hope that you will join us and enjoy this event… and, for sure, Thessaloniki!

The Scientific and Organizing Committee of the 3rd Workshop of the POSITIVe COST Action


Scientific Committee

  • Banu Bayram (University of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Mar Garcia-Aloy (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Antonio González-Sarrías (CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)
  • Rocío García-Villalba (CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)
  • Geoffrey Istas (King’s College London, United Kingdom)
  • Pedro Mena (University of Parma, Italy)
  • Laurent-Emmanuel Monfoulet (INRA, France)
  • Noemi Tejera (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
  • Mireia Urpi-Sarda (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Organizing Committee

  • Antonia Kaltsatou (University of Thessaly, Greece), email: akaltsat@gmail.com
  • Christos Kontogiorgis (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece), email: ckontogi@med.duth.gr
  • Eirini Deligiannidou (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)

Honorary Members (POSITIVe leaders)

  • Christine Morand (INRA, France)
  • Francisco Tomás-Barberán (CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)


Wednesday 20th September 2017

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and Introduction (Christine Morand, Christos Kontogiorgis)

Metabolomics Session (chairs: Rocío García-Villalba & Claudine Manach)

14:10 – 14:50 The translation of lipid profiles to nutritional biomarkers in the study of infant metabolism - Albert Koulman (Cambridge University, UK)

14:50 – 15:20 Biomarkers of food intake and effect after consumption of plant-based dietary patterns in cardiovascular risk participants - Mireia Urpi-Sarda (Barcelona University, Spain)

15:20 – 15:50 Host: microbiome co-metabolic processing of dietary polyphenols – a cross-over study with different doses of apple polyphenols in healthy subjects - Marynka Ulaszewska (Istituto Agrario San Michele all'Adige, Italy)

15:50 – 16:10 – Flash Poster Presentation

16:10 - 16:40 – Coffee Break and Posters Session

Nutri-genetics, -genomics, and -epigenomics Session (I) (chairs: Antonio González-Sarrías & Wim Van den Berghe)

16:40 – 17:20 The impact of genotype on the metabolism and bio-efficacy of plant polyphenols - Anne Marie Minihane (University of East Anglia, UK)

17:20 – 17:50 Implications of predictive genomics for drug response and food intake - George Patrinos (University of Patras, Greece)

17:50 – 18:20 Gene expression profiling in whole blood cells from healthy men after chronic blueberry consumption - Geoffrey Istas (King’s College London, UK)

18-20 – 19:30
4th Management Committee Meeting COST Action FA-1403-POSITIVe

20:30 – Conference Dinner

Thursday 21st September 2017

Nutri-genetics, -genomics, and -epigenomics Session (II) (chairs: Geoffrey Istas & Baukje de Roos)

9:00 – 9:40 Understanding the mechanisms underlying the effects of the PATHWAY-27 bioactive enriched foods - Clarissa Gerhäuser (German Cancer Research Center, Germany)

9:40 – 10:10 A genetic basis for the inter-individual LDL cholesterol response to plant sterol consumption: from an association to an ongoing validation trial - Dylan Mackay (University of Manitoba, Canada)

10:10 – 10:40 Systems biology characterization of immunomodulatory properties of Echinacea in monocyte cells - Ken Declerck (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

10:40 – 11:00 – Coffee Break and Posters Session

Microbiomics Session (chairs: Mireia Urpi-Sarda & Francisco Tomas-Barberan)

11:00 – 11:40 Gut microbiota functions: metabolism of nutrients and other food components - Kieran Tuohy (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy)

11:40 – 12:10 Diet-responsive gut anaerobes as drivers of inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives - Alan Walker (University of Aberdeen, UK)

12:10 – 12:40 Individuality in the gut microbiota determines rutin metabolism - David Berry (University of Vienna, Austria)

12:40 – 13:00 Round table session-Concluding remarks (Pedro Mena, Noemí Tejera, Albert Koulman, Anne-Marie Minihane, Dylan Mackay, María Teresa García-Conesa)

13:00 –
Lunch Break

14:00 – Training School

Event Location

Greece, Thessaloniki
Porto Palace Hotel 65
26th Octovriou Str., Thessaloníki, 546 28.

For more information about transportation and accomondation you can download our conference guide!


  • This is the hotel’s link: Porto Palace Hotel.
  • When you open it, choose the book online field and inset in the Booking Code field the password: COST ACTION MEETING.
  • They are going to charge you 100 EUR per night by using the above code (otherwise they’ll charge you 120 EUR).
If you need further assistance please contact Dr Antonia Kaltsatou via akaltsat@gmail.com

Abstract Submission


All abstracts for oral flash poster or poster presentation will be submitted by mail to positive.ws2017@gmail.com Please, indicate in the subject of the mail “Abstract submission".

Submission of a maximum of one abstract per presenting author is allowed. Body of the abstract should not exceed 300 words and it should not contain figures, tables or references. Abstracts should include Title (Arial 12, bold), List of authors (Arial 10), Affiliations (Arial 9, italic) and Abstract body (Arial 10). The preferred format for submission is Word (.doc, .docx). Author’s name and corresponding affiliation should carry the same number as a superscript. Presenting author should go underlined. Deadline for Abstract Submission: August 25th 2017 (Extended: September 5th, 2017)


Once abstracts are approved, authors will receive a confirmation email that will include an identification number for poster presentation. This number will be used to help participants with poster identification. It will be clearly displayed in the top right corner of the panels provided by the Organizing Committee and it will also be included in the book of abstracts. Posters display must be portrait with dimensions not exceeding 90cm wide x 120cm high (A0 paper size). Mounting material will be provided at the meeting. To ensure full participation it is important that authors display posters straight after registration. Posters should be as self-explanatory as possible, with all text and figures legible from around 1.5m to 2m distance. Posters must cover the same material as the abstracts, with the abstract title, authors, and affiliations indicated in a heading at the top of each poster.

Flash Poster Presentation

In order to encourage all attendants to engage with poster presenters, selected authors will be requested to make a short presentation (maximum 2 minutes) explaining the aim of their poster to the whole audience. For this purpose, a maximum of one PPT slide or a one page PDF file should be handed to the delegates during registration.

To get more information please contact: positive.ws2017@gmail.com


One award will be given to two high-quality poster submitted and accepted by the SC in each of the two following categories:

  1. High-quality poster
  2. Flash poster presentation

Registration & Pricing

Cost-members: 20 Euros
Non Cost-members (Postdoc Researchers, PhD Students,
Postgraduate Students and Undergraduate Students):
20 Euros
Non Cost-members (Academic, Instustry, Professionals) 50 Euros

Registration fee can be paid onsite, at the Workshop.
Registration Deadline: 10th September 2017

Please use this link for your registration via credit / debit card.

Alternatively you can use the following bank account:

VAT Number:. 090071277 D.T.: VOLOS
ΙΒΑΝ GR9301403100310002002020898



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