The HEROIC Research Project with the DigestScience Foundation
Working as a booster, the DigestScience Foundation intervenes in a number of areas concerning chronic inflammatory diseases of the intestine: research, care, training, education and the production of information for health professionals, researchers and patients. In this context, the HEROIC project (Highlighting Environmental features in epidemic areas of Crohn's disease), which has been divided into four distinct phases, studies the environmental factors behind Crohn's disease and provides solutions to improve the patient's life.
The Roquette Foundation for Health and the DigestScience Foundation are convinced that nutrition is a key field of research for improving human health. Poor eating plays an undeniable role in the development of many major pathologies, such as diabetes, cardiovascular illness and obesity. Therefore, it is essential to fund research work that clarifies the role of food in these pathological mechanisms and develop effective treatments and prevention policies.
This is why the Roquette Foundation for Health supports DigestScience Foundation medical research and, in particular, the HEROIC project.
The HEROIC project (Highlighting Environmental features in epIdemic areas of Crohn's disease) is based on a large-scale epidemiological study that will be carried out in the Hauts-de-France region to find possible environmental causes of this disease.
This study will call on epidemiologists, geographers, gastroenterologists, historians, sociologists, toxicologists, biologists and specialists in air and water quality. The international scientific and medical community recognizes that the Hauts-de-France region is probably a world reference zone for identifying the causes of inflammatory intestinal diseases.