A brief description of the area
Adequate nutrition is essential for the prevention, treatment and control of diseases. The relationship between food, nutrition and health is a complex, dynamic process involving the influence of biological, psychological, environmental, social, cultural, behavioural and economic factors.
A brief description of major research
Exploring eating habits through cross-sectional studies to identify the main differences in eating habits, nutritional status, exercise, psychological, inflammatory and metabolic status between adults of normal body weight, overweight adults and adults with obesity.
To explore and study different eating habits in order to determine the tangible and measurable effects of nutritional interventions on certain indicators and predictors of health for both the adult population and adolescents.
To study the links between diet and other lifestyle factors and the intestinal microbial community.
To study the preparation of appropriate nutritional interventions in the work environment and their implementation for the largest possible group of users.
To make recommendations for maintaining health.
Research into the effects of educating people and the influence on nutritional status and health.
- Prof. Darja Barlič Maganja (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Katja Bezek (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assoc. Prof. Maša Černelič Bizjak (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Tadeja Jakus (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assoc. Prof. Zala Jenko Pražnikar (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Saša Kenig (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Boris Kovač (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Katja Kramberger (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assoc. Prof. Mihaela Jurdana (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Nina Mohorko (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Karin Novak (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Ana Petelin (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Tamara Poklar Vatovec (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Mojca Stubelj (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
MOHD SHUKRI, Nurul Husna, WELLS, Jonathan C. K., EATON, Simon, MUKHTAR, Firdaus, PETELIN, Ana, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala, FEWTRELL, Mary. Randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of a breastfeeding relaxation intervention on maternal psychological state, breast milk outcomes, and infant behavior and growth. The American journal of clinical nutrition, ISSN 0002-9165, [in press] Jun. 2019, vol. 109, iss. 6, str. 1-10, ilustr. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ajcn/nqz033/5510581?redirectedFrom=fulltext.
KENIG, Saša, PETELIN, Ana, POKLAR VATOVEC, Tamara, MOHORKO, Nina, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala. Assessment of micronutrients in a 12-wk ketogenic diet in obese adults. Nutrition, ISSN 0899-9007. [Print ed.], Nov./Dec. 2019, vol. 67/68, str., ilustr. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0899900719300760?via%3Dihub.
PETELIN, Ana, TEDESCHI, Paola, JURDANA, Mihaela, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala, et al. Total serum antioxidant capacity in healthy normal weight and asympomatic overweight adults. Experimental and clinical endocrinology & diabetes, ISSN 1439-3646. 10.1055/s-0043-107783.
MOHORKO, Nina, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala, PETELIN, Ana. Leucine and lysine intakes are highly associated with serum adiponectin levels in asymptomatic adults. Minerva endocrinologica, ISSN 0391-1977, sept. 2016, vol. 41, no. 3, str. 302-313, ilustr. http://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/minerva-endocrinologica/article.php?cod=R07Y2016N03A0302&acquista=1.
MOHORKO, Nina, PETELIN, Ana, JURDANA, Mihaela, BIOLO, Gianni, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala. Elevated serum levels of cysteine and tyrosine : early biomarkers in asymptomatic adults at increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome. BioMed research international, ISSN 2314-6141, 2015, vol. 2015, art. ID 418681, str. 1-14, graf. Prikazi.
BIZJAK, Mojca, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala, KOROUŠIĆ-SELJAK, Barbara. Development and validation of an electronic FFQ to assess food intake in the Slovene population. Public health nutrition, ISSN 1368-9800, 2014, vol. 17, iss. 8, str. 1729-1737, ilustr.
ČERNELIČ BIZJAK, Maša, JENKO PRAŽNIKAR, Zala. Body dissatisfaction predicts inflammatory status in asymptomatic healthy individuals. Journal of health psychology, ISSN 1461-7277, 2018, vol. 23, no. 1, str. 25-35, ilustr. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1359105316672923.
The head of the dietary laboratory is Assist. Prof. Mojca Stubelj.
|Dietetic laboratory equipment|
|Indirect Calorimeter Medgem||For measurement of Resting Energy Expenditure (REE).|
|Indirect Calorimeter RMR Quark||For accurate measurement of Resting Energy Expenditure (REE) and respiratory ratio (R), through the measurement of oxygen consumption (VO2) and carbon dioxide production (VCO2).|
|Tanita MC-980 MA analyser||For body composition results using bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology: body weight, muscle mass, fat mass, bone mass, lean body mass, total body. For body composition results using bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology: body weight, muscle mass, fat mass, bone mass, lean body mass, total body.|
|Metal skinfold caliper||For assessment of the skinfold thickness, and prediction of percentage of body fat.|
|Software PRODI 5.8 EXPERT||For energy and nutrient intake calculation, and menu planning.|
|Portable Density Meter||Enables evaluation of key chemical composition parameters such as soluble solids in foods, fruit quality, fruit juices, diet formulas and products for patients with dysphagia|
The head of the biochemical laboratory is Assist. Prof. Ana Petelin, Head of the Microbiological Laboratory, Assist. Katja Bezek.
|Equipment of the biochemical and microbiological laboratory|
|Biochemistry analyzer||Biochemistry analyser offers consolidated testing from a broad menu of clinical chemistry applications. This analyzer has the capacity for ion-selective electrode (ISE) determination of sodium, potassium, and chloride in serum, plasma, and urine. In addition, measurement of triacylglycerol’s, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, glucose, bilirubin, and different enzymes can be performed.|
|Reflotron||Reflotron, an immediate clinical chemistry system which allows the measurement of different parameters from whole blood, plasma or serum.|
|Photochem||Photochem, an antioxidant analyzer, allows the analysis of the antioxidative capacity of water-soluble or lipid-soluble substances with the PCL method.|
|Spectrophotometer Tecan The Spectofotometer Tecan||a multimode plate reader, enables determination by ELISA method and implementation of many other colorimetric methods.|
|Refrigerated centrifuge||Instrument ideal for centrifugation of samples that may be also temperature sensitive. Many feature interchangeable rotors and adaptors to accommodate a wide range of sample volumes and speeds.|
|Fluorimeter||Optical density measurement or fluorescence for the determination of plant bacteria in a cell.|
|Incubator CO2||Enable cultivation and Incubation of cell cultures in the appropriate atmosphereEnable cultivation and Incubation of cell cultures in the appropriate atmosphereLaminar flow hoods for cell cultures A carefully enclosed bench designed for creating aseptic environment in laboratory conditions when working with cells.|
|Laminar flow hoods for bacteria||A carefully enclosed bench designed for creating aseptic environment in laboratory conditions when working with bacteria.|
|Microfluidic system for cells||Microfluidic Perfusion System delivers microenvironment control for live cell imaging experiments.|
|Mikropretočni sistem||Spremljanje bakterij ali celic pod kontroliranimi pogoji, raziskovanje različnih vplivov na razmnoževane mikroorganizmov|
|Fluorescentni mikroskop Olympus s pripadajočo kamero za opazovanje in snemanje||Opazovanje mikrobioloških in celičnih preparatov obarvanih z različnimi flour. barvili, imunoflourescenčne metode za določanje viabilnosti, apoptoze…|
|Inverted Olympus IX51 microscope||microscope equipped with the most common fluorescent filters. It enables observation of microbial and cell preparations stained with different dyes.|
|Sistem za elektroforezo||Elektroforeza, omogoča ločevanje in določanje pomnoženih delov DNA, omogoča določanje prisotnosti in količine proteinov|
|Real time PCR||A technique used to monitor the progress of a PCR reaction in real time. At the same time, a relatively small amount of PCR product (DNA, cDNA or RNA) can be quantified.|
|Multiskan Sky Microplate Spectrophotometer||A UV/Vis microplate reader designed to be convenient and easy to use for virtually any photometric research application, especially DNA, RNA and protein analysis|
|Abbott i-stat Alinity||Enables measurements of pH, gasses, Haematocrit, Haemoglobin, certain electrolytes and other markers in arterial or venous whole blood|
|iBlot 2 Gel Transfer Device||Is a dry transfer device that performs western blotting transfer efficiently and reliably, within seven minutes, and without the need for liquid buffers. The iBlot 2 system is compatible with both polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and nitrocellulose membranes and has comparable performance to traditional wet-transfer methods in a fraction of the time. The iBlot 2 Gel Transfer Device is an integral part of the iBlot 2 Dry Blotting System, which consists of the transfer device and consumable transfer stacks that contain the required buffers and transfer membrane (nitrocellulose or PVDF).|
|Flask-trap aspirator FTA 2-i||Aspirator with trap flask FTA-2i is designed for aspiration or removal of liquid from reaction vessels|
|Homogenizer for the preparation of food samples||BagMixer® 400 P is an easy-to-use and powerful lab blender. Adapted to all kinds of applications and with a guarantee of optimal bacterial extraction or e.g. preparing the food sample for further physical and chemical analysis|