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Titolo:
Research and education in nutritional science: the current state and future needs
Autore:
Daniel, H;
Indirizzi:
Tech Univ Munich, Inst Ernahrungswissensch, Lehrsthul Biochem & Physiol Ernahrung, D-85350 Freising, Germany Tech Univ Munich Freising Germany D-85350 ung, D-85350 Freising, Germany
Titolo Testata:
ERNAHRUNGS-UMSCHAU
fascicolo: 7, volume: 47, anno: 2000,
pagine: 256 -
SICI:
0174-0008(200007)47:7<256:RAEINS>2.0.ZU;2-R
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
GER
Keywords:
nutritional science; Germany; research; education; current state; future needs;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Agriculture,Biology & Environmental Sciences
Citazioni:
0
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Daniel, H Tech Univ Munich, Inst Ernahrungswissensch, Lehrsthul Biochem & Physiol Ernahrung, Hochfeldweg 2, D-85350 Freising, Germany Tech Univ Munich Hochfeldweg 2 Freising Germany D-85350 Germany
Citazione:
H. Daniel, "Research and education in nutritional science: the current state and future needs", ERNAHR UMSC, 47(7), 2000, pp. 256

Abstract

There is a growing interest in nutritional science from the scientific community as well as from society in general. Nutritional issues are moving into the focus of functional genomics as part of the recent developments in biological sciences including genome analysis as well as with respect to thedevelopment of novel and functional foods. Is nutritional science in Germany prepared for meeting the emerging new scientific requirements and challenges? University study programs and courses in nutrition were implemented in theearly nineteen-sixties as part of diploma programs in Nutrition and Home Economics at several universities mainly within faculties of agriculture. The primary goal of the programs was to provide well trained teachers that could cover all aspects of food production and household needs in private andcommercial sectors including their economic and social dimensions. Consequently, the programs contained an extraordinary broad spectrum of subjects derived from agricultural production, food science, veterinary medicine, chemistry, biology, medicine but also from sociology, micro- and macroeconomy,political sciences and even architecture. As this appeared appropriate to meet the requirements of time, science was left behind and the discipline never developed its own scientific culture. The broad spectrum of courses and subjects prevented that students could be adequately guided into science and for fostering their interests in sophisticated scientific issues. The teaching body in the various university programs in Nutrition and Home Economics was and still is extremely small and therefore did and does not allow the formation of critical masses needed for competitive and innovative research. As a consequence, nutritional science in Germany can hardly meet the scientific standards of other comparable countries on basis of number and quality of publications or number and quality of young researchers. As all aspects of human nutrition become much more sophisticated, there isclearly a growing need for qualified young scientists in academia as well as the commercial sector. To meet the new requirements for high duality scientists, the university programs need rigid reforms. The extremely broad spectrum of subjects and courses has to be narrowed down for allowing diversification in each area and for more science brought into the programs. This however also requires the relocation of ressources from other traditional areas such as agriculture into modern and innovative nutritional sciences. We have the responsibility to convince university officials as well as politicians that now the time of nutritional science has come.

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