We focus on five social themes.
TNO cooperates with companies, the public sector and other organisations, to apply our knowledge and expertise with and for others.
We develop knowledge not for its own sake, but for practical application.
TNO offers you the chance to do groundbreaking work and help customers and society with innovative, practical and smart solutions.
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“Man is what he eats” claimed Anthelme Brillat Savarin in 1825. Since then our knowledge about people and their health has increased significantly. We have discovered that not only food but also drugs, lifestyle, upbringing, behaviour, social surroundings and individual characteristics have a considerable effect on each other. This complex interaction influences and even determines the wellbeing of people as individuals and as part of a social network.
Interventions in just one of these factors seldom results in a sustainable desired effect. The LIFE cluster therefore focuses on the development of interventions that tackle several factors at the same time. And because all humans are different, both internally (biologically: nature) and externally (upbringing, social surroundings: nurture), we target a personalised approach.
Every person deserves the intervention that best suits his or her personal situation.
Within this complex playing field the LIFE cluster zooms in on system solutions in prevention, intervention and care, with both societal and economic impact, in the following knowledge areas:
The LIFE cluster comprises the following expertise groups:
Microbiology and Systems Biology
Risk Analysis for Products in Development
Metabolic Health Research
Work, Health & Care
We work together with the universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Groningen, Maastricht and Wageningen, among others, through our professors and structural collaboration in (international) research programmes. We also have an active lectureship policy with Dutch professional universities.
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