Research

Research activity

 

The faculty’s scientific research focuses on addressing the challenges of today’s society in the field of public health and the health of individuals and communities. The challenges are the result of rapid technological development and modern lifestyles, which are characterized by reduced physical activity, poor eating habits and other examples of unhealthy behaviours (stress, drinking, smoking, etc.). These factors present a high risk for developing many chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). They are a serious health and social problem in the developed world, since they reduce the quality of life, the workability of the active population, shorten the life span and cause major direct and indirect costs. As many as 80 % of NCD cases are attributed to unhealthy lifestyles that could be prevented (World Health Organization, 2009).

The faculty strives to design and analyse the effectiveness of various interdisciplinary approaches for the holistic treatment of individuals, subpopulations and populations, and to prepare strategic plans for the implementation of effective interventions in the areas of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, managing chronic diseases, improving quality of life, etc. By expanding its set of important findings, the faculty contributes new knowledge on NCD development, risk factors and strategic prevention plans across different age groups, thereby facilitating the synergistic transfer of pre-clinical knowledge about improving health status of the population in the region and beyond.

The faculty’s scientific research activities focus on the fields of nursing, nutrition, dietetics, movement, and basic natural and medical sciences.

The researchers are part of the UP FVZ 2413-001 Research group, which currently consists of 50 researchers and professional/technical staff.

In accordance with the Strategy of education and scientific research work on UP Faculty of Health Sciences for the period of 2018 – 2021, faculty’s activities in the field of scientific research work are focused on preparing the parent research program, which would be financed by the ARRS (acronym »ZDRAV«: joint measures based on diet, movement and health education for different age groups using health protection activities). The purpose is to improve the successfulness of scientific research and to establish an interdisciplinary team to research and address a common goal from different perspectives. The potential result will be protecting health of the population at different stages of life (children and adolescents, the active population, the elderly), developing science and profession in the field of dietetics, kinesiology, nursing, physiotherapy, and combining several scientific and professional disciplines (dietetics, nursing, kinesiology, natural sciences, medicine). Based on the results of the research program, it will be possible to raise awareness among the general population about healthy behavioral habits and the possibilities of preventing NCD in all age groups, either through professional meetings or through the media.

The faculty participates in several research programs and projects co-financed by the Public Agency for Research and Development of the Republic of Slovenia (ARRS), in various domestic research projects co-financed by national funds (programs of various ministries), and in international research projects co-financed by cross-border cooperation programs (The European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and other financial instruments).

Research programmes

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Research and development projects

International projects

Student projects

Research equipment

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J5-3111 e@ser | Secure use of smart devices among the elderly: Towards education-based cybercrime prevention (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Development of innovative approached to assessment of force-velocity-power profiles as a foundation for athletic training design (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Optimisation of current guidelines for carbohydrate intake during endurance exercise (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

IZO-STAR – Flywheel exercise for preventing the decline of motor function of the elderly

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

RAVNOTEZ – Assessing balance with quantifying transient behavior of postural sway: from validation to practical application (internal post-doctoral position)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

V4-2004: Management strategies and control of Salmonella Infantis infections in broiler flocks (CRP project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

CARE FOR LIFE ENERGY AND A HEALTHY BODY IN MATURE YEARS (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

E-centre for tracking and preventing athletic injuries in Slovenia (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

EXPLOREDU: System for the identification, management and re-use information on educational events and freely accessible educational content in Slovenia and the world (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

EU MENU Slovenia – Support to National Dietary Surveys in Compliance with the EU Menu methodology – fourth support (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

The influence of differently filled glycogen stores on the hydration status (and body composition) of athletes (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

GUEST UP (National project) – HOSTING FOREIGN EXPERTS AND PROFESSORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA – GUEST UP

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J4-7608 Control of contamination of poultry meat with campylobacters in slaughterhouse (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

V5-1507: Nursing as a scientific discipline in Slovenia: An internationally comparable secondary and tertiary education system in nursing care as the foundation of research and scientific contribution to the sustainable development of society (CRP project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Z2-7257 Postdoc project ARRS – Development of algorithms for antimicrobial drug discovery and reduction of antimicrobial resistance

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

L3 – 0129 Cell-free nucleic acids in diagnosis of coronary atherosclerosis (Applied project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J7-9743 The impact of health care on the quality of life of elderly people: The influence of incontinence and impaired mobility on functionary of elderly people (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J5-4281 »RAZKORAK« Longitudinal study in competence potential of university graduates and a gap between graduates’ competences and labour market requirements in technology, education and health (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J1-6734 Lightweight alloys based on aluminium as materials with increasing potential in transport industry (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of obesity (Self-financed project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

M1-0151 Molecular detection of the consequences of the effects of biological weapon and toxins with long-term activity (CRP project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Interdisciplinary approach in dealing with over-fed children and adolescents (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Bilateral project ARRS SLO-USA: Motor control study of selected work tasks with the aim to develop ergonomic and kinesiological measures in case of low back pain

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Bilateral project ARRS SLO-SRB: Innovative fermentation of cereals and pseudocereals for functional bakery products

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Bilateral project ARRS SLO-SRB: New dietary food product for physically active people

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Bilateral project ARRS SLO-SRB: Effects of accelerated growth in children and of ageing in elderly on kinesthetic sense – the importance for functional movement

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

SCHOOL POT (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J3-2277 Combination of Electrogene Immune Therapy with Interleukin-12 and Irradition for Treatment of Experimental Tumors (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J3-2218 Detection of Prostethic Infection at Revision Arthroplasty (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J3-6796 Translational oncology: development and validation of immunogene therapy with Interleukin-12 combined with surgery for canine cancers of the oral cavity and skin (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J3-4211 Antiangiogenic gene therapy of cancer using electroporation and magnetic nanoparticles as targeted delivery systems (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J3-4259 Preparation and validation of therapeutic plasmids without selection gene for antibiotic resistance for cancer gene therapy using inducible and tissue-specific promoters (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

J3-8209 Bilirubin as a protective factor against the development of chronic degenerative diseases: serum biomarker and pharmacological modulation (Basic project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Upgrading the Interdisciplinary Approach to Overfeeding Children and Adolescents (National projekt)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Promotion of activities to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial risks at work (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

INOVUP – Innovative Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Bilateral project SLO-CRO: School Furniture as Risk Factor for Low Back Pain: Biomechanical Evaluation and Proposed Design Solutions (Bilateral project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

InoTeZ – Innovative with technology to knowledge (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

STAR-VITAL “Joint measures for the vitality of older workers” (National project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

L5-1845 Body asymmetries as a risk factor in musculoskeletal injury development: studying etiological mechanisms and designing corrective interventions for primary and tertiary preventive care (Applied project ARRS)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

TOVID: Teaching Online: Video Initiatives in Digital and Module Learning (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

EISuFood: Study about food habits and knowledge about edible insects as sustainable foods (International project)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

BICEPS: Building financial capability for healthcare professionals (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

Implementation Of Nurse Professional Competence Scale in Nursing profession in Croatia and Slovenia (Bilateral project SLO-CRO)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

VALCER Waste recovery: potential of using the cherry core (EU PROJ/IPV/ID&I/00)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

BENEFITS: Better and more Effective Nursing Education for Improving Transcultural Nursing Skills (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

4STEPS: 4STEPS for Healthy Babies, Healthy Families, Healthy Nations (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

DIG-IT: Digital Education Initiatives and Timely Solutions (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PreconNet: PRECONCEPTION HEALTH OF YOUTH, bridging the gap in and through education (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

DeMoPhaC: Development of a model for nurses’ role in interprofessional pharmaceutical care” (ERASMUS+)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

SURFUNCTI Controlled surface structuring and surface functionalisation af advanced biomedical titanium alloys for orthopaedic implants (MNT-ERA.NET II)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

EATMOT Psycho-social motivations associated with food choices and eating practices

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

INTEGRA: Cross border network for migrant women : sexual and reproductive health and social integration (INTERREG SLO-ITA 2014-2020)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ALMICROBHOL – EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON GUT MICROBIOTA COMPOSITION IN ADULTS (ERAB GRANT)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

CO.N.S.E.N.SO: »COmmunity Nurse Supporting Elderly iN a changing SOciety« (Model of care for elderly in Alpinespace)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

EP4Bio2Med European network for development of electroporation-based technologies and treatments – Acronym (COST action)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

TRAFOON – Traditional Food Network to improve the transfer of knowledge for innovation (EU 7th Framework Programme)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

TRANS2CARE Transregional Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer to Improve Health Care (INTERREG SLOVENIA – ITALY 2007 – 2013)

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: SMOOTHIE – Smoothie for health

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: SAMOKATETERIZACIJA – SELF-CATHETERIZATION, integrative development of devices

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: FONDA – Culinary Tips for Cooking Healthy Fish and Cooking Recipes for the Fish Farm FONDA

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: SRCE – The plan to improve the lifestyle of coronary patients

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: LEPA – Designing a model for promoting sustainable development of physical activities in the local environment

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: GLINDEX – Development and testing of new products with suitable glycemic index for patients with diabetes

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: KREPKO – Influence of kefir consumption on metabolic syndrome indicators

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: MEDEX – The effects of royal jelly on systemic inflammation

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: SACYC – Designing guidelines for preventing injuries during cycling

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: ČILI – Chili analysis

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: DIETA – The influence of low carbon hydroatate nutrition on health indicators

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: GibKoP – Holistic approaches to active and healthy aging: Moving and cognitive activity and nutrition

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: FUNKCIONAL – The possibility of using useful discards of food and waste of primary processing for the preparation of functional foods

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: PREDEL – Interdisciplinary care for occupational health in micro and small companies in Littoral region

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: ŽIVSLOG – The influence of lifestyle on health of young athletes

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: PROZ-SIPO – Health promotion for slovenian police

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: PROICECREAM – Development and testing of ice cream with the addition of probiotic microbial cultures

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: ZdravDIH – Integral breathing to promote healthy lifestyle patterns

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: HIPDY – Development and validation of mobile measurement system for muscular capacity

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: OKOUČINKOVIT – Preparing a model for evaluating sustainable development and the environmental efficiency of educational institutions

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: PONO – Development of the platform intended to reduce the football injuries

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

ŠIPK: ESPOS – E-center for sport injuries in Slovenia

KINSPO – Kinesiology for movement performance and musculoskeletal injury prevention in sport (Internal research program)

PKP: SMILJ – Characterization of H. italicum and study of the effects of H. italicum products on oxidative stress and inflammation