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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 Croh'ns 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

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Other supported projects


Vivons en forme

Created in 2011, VIF is a unique program in France for promoting health and fitness. Our Foundation supports this program, which offers training and tools to member cities on topics like food, physical activity and well-being.


Le Jardin Voyageur

Created in 1996, Le Jardin Voyageur is an association that transmits an enthusiasm for gardening to children, along with a discovery of fruits and vegetables, and educates their taste. The sponsored project concerns the program known as Vegetable Plates.

LP4Y (Life Project 4 Youth)

Created in 2009, LP4Y helps young people ages 18 to 24 living in conditions of extreme poverty and exclusion in various countries find work through an 18-month entrepreneurial program. The sponsored project is a nutritional snacks microbusiness in Mumbai.


Created in 2009, UniverScience aims to promote scientific and technical culture. Our Foundation supports this amusing and educational exhibition inspired by the best-selling book, "Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ," by the Enders sisters. 

Contact: Anne Lambin
Head of the Roquette Foundation for Health
Phone : +33 3 21 63 36 00
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