Changes in energy balance result in weight gain or loss and changes in body composition. Disturbances in energy metabolism like mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic inflexibility are linked to metabolic health and chronic diseases. Both diet and physical activity, but also ageing and clinical conditions, can affect energy metabolism, energy balance and body composition.
This course will give an overview of state-of-the-art methods to measure body composition and energy metabolism and its application, and will only briefly touch upon some major (patho)physiological aspects of energy metabolism and health.
The course is aimed at research professionals who are at the start of their career in nutrition or health sciences, or other scientists who want to become familiar with the field of energy metabolism and body composition in nutrition and health research. Participants should have a background in biology, medicine, food/nutritional science, or other life sciences and should have basic knowledge of human biology, physiology and nutrition.
Approach: a brief, intensive hybrid course at an advanced level, which provides the participants with up-to-date information about state-of the art methodology and current issues in energy metabolism and body composition research. Only limited practical experience is included in the programme.
After this course the participant;
- knows the principles of common state-of-the-art methods to measure body composition and energy metabolism in humans,
- knows how and why to choose an appropriate method when studying energy metabolism or body composition, with this year particular focus on ageing and clinical research
- The course consists of 3 course sessions, with a series of key-lectures, discussions, and some exercises (in between sessions). Course sessions will be interactive and given by experts form inside and outside Wageningen University. Some preparation for the sessions is asked, e.g. reading papers, watching clips, making exercises.
Day 1 - Monday afternoon 15 January
- Introduction; terminology, components, multi component models, general assumptions (density, FFM hydration)) + Densitometry/hydrometry + other dilution methods (D3-creatine) - Marco Mensink
- BIA (most used in practice)
- DEXA (most used in research practice) - Willy de Clerck
- Imaging - Renate Winkels
- How to choose a method? - Marco Mensink & Renate Winkels
- Homework excercises
Day 2 - Monday afternoon 22 January:
- Feedback excercises
- Introduction Energy Metabolism - Marco Mensink
- Measuring Energy expenditure: indirect calorimetry, incl DLW and accelerometry
- Measuring oxidative capacity (whole body, muscle and mitochondrial oxygen consumption) - Arie Nieuwenhuizen
- Homework excercises
Day 3 - Monday afternoon 29 January:
- Feedback exercises
- Considerations and application of BC&EM methodology in older adults with a focus on malnutrition - Marian de van der Schueren
- Considerations and application of BC&EM methodology in ICU patients - Imre Kouw
Lecturers are from the Division of Human Nutrition and Health (HNH) and from Human and Animal Physiology (HAP) from Wageningen University & Research:
- Renate Winkels, PhD (HNH)
- Marco Mensink, PhD (HNH)
- Arie Nieuwenhuizen, PhD (HAP)
- Willy de Clerck, PhD (DUOMED)
- Prof. Marian de van der Schueren (HNH)
- Imre Kouw, PhD (HNH)
Date & duration
The course will run 3 afternoons, on Monday 15 January, Monday 22 January and Monday 29 January, 2024.
The course is offered both in-person and online. For participants who are not able to be present in Wageningen, we offer the possibility to join the course online via MS Teams.
The study load of this course is 0.4 ECTS credits.
The course language will be English.
For more information on the course content please contact Dr Marco Mensink
For organisational matters please contact Cornelia van Bree-Evers
Location & accommodation
The course venue is one of the Wageningen University buildings on Wageningen Campus, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
This course is also offered online.
The town of Wageningen is 5 km from Ede-Wageningen railway station, with transport options being taxi or bus. Ede-Wageningen railway station is about one and a half hours from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. For train schedules visit: www.ns.nl.
Hotel accommodation is not included in the course fee. If you need accommodation in Wageningen, you can find several options below.
Wageningen International Congress Centre
Hotel de Wageningse Berg
Bed & Breakfast:
see Bed & breakfast Wageningen
Rooms and appartments:
see Short Stay Wageningen
Registration & course fee
The course fee (which includes materials and coffee/tea during breaks but does not cover accommodation) depends on the participant's affiliation:
|Wageningen University PhD candidates affiliated with one of the Wageningen Graduate Schools
|| € 125
|All other PhD candidates / Postdocs and staff from VLAG
|| € 350
|Other University staff / Non -Profit
|| € 475
|Industry / For-Profit
|| € 750