Coordinator - Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)


LMU is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year-long tradition, and committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. As one of the largest universities in Germany, LMU runs a yearly budget of 580 Mio EUR to employ 746 professors at 18 faculties, and to provide higher education to over 50,000 students. LMU has a classical academic profile ranging from the humanities and cultural sciences, law, economics, and social sciences to medicine and natural sciences. LMU was a founder member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), Venice International University (VIU), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Bavarian International Academic Centers.

The working group of Prof. Koletzko is currently one of the leading, strongest and most productive groups in the critically important area of paediatric nutrition research in Europe, and also among the top groups in this field globally. Their work in the field of LC-PUFA metabolism, early nutrition and metabolomics has been ground-breaking, as was their work in showing the importance of breastfeeding as protection against later obesity. Moreover, one of the core competencies is the management of national and large scale international research and translational application projects.

Role in the Project

  • Coordination and management of the ENeASEA project (scientific and managerial)
  • Renowned expert in early nutrition and lifestyle, metabolic programming of later health and disease research
  • Technically hosting the e-learning platform ENeASEA on the LMU, Leibniz Super Computing Center Munich, in collaboration with the eUniversity LMU (based on Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA; )
  • Leading e-platform & module development / scientific writing based on ENeAglobal


Key Staff Involved In The Project

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Prof. h.c. Berthold Koletzko is Professor of Paediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany and heads the Div. Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine at Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Univ. of Munich Medical Center. Bert has co-authored more than 800 journal articles (Times Cited 15 750, H-index 63), 202 book chapters, and 34 books/monographies. His research is funded by the European Commission, the European Research Council, the German Research Council, and other public funding bodies. He served as President, European Society Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition , Co-ordinator, EU FP7 EarlyNutrition Project, Managing Director, Early Nutrition Academy, Chair, Committee on Nutrition, German Society Paediatrics, Chair of the Scientific Board of the German Government supported Network Young Families, Member of the German National Breastfeeding Committee, and Member of the Councils of United European Gastroenterology, The International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and DiseaseThe International Society for the Study of Lipids and Fatty Acids, and The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. He is Editor in Chief of Annals Nutrition & Metabolism and of World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Associate Editor of Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metabol Care and of Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde. He has served as Scientific Advisor to the German Federal Government, the Innovation Initiative of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Health Organisation, and several other national and international organisations and governmental bodies.

Dr. Brigitte Brands is a senior scientific project manager with several years of experience in scientific management of international collaborations and EU-funded projects (FP6 Earnest, FP7 EarlyNutrition), organizing conferences, leading a team of 16 coworkers and initiating translational application projects . She holds a Master degree and PhD in human biology, with focus on early nutrition and later health outcomes and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Dr. Brands has established and is leading the Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA) in collaboration with the medical didactics department and eUniversity LMU in 2011, and with international experts in the field. More than 6,500 health care professionals from over 150 countries have joined ENeAglobal to receive European and US American CME accreditation in the area of early nutrition and lifestyle.

Simone Cramer is the administrative project manager of ENeAGlobal. She has several years of experience in administrative project management of international collaborations (FP7 EarlyNutrition, ENeAGlobal) and organizing conferences. She holds a Master degree in Public Health. She is responsible for the implementation of the eLearning modules into the Moodle platform.

Mirella Gutser has an education in international commercial correspondence and a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology/ Educational Sciences from LMU Munich. For the last three years she was responsible for the dissemination and exploitation of the FP7-funded project EarlyNutrition, which included the Public Relations and dissemination work for the international conference “The Power of Programming 2014” with more than 500 attendants. She is also responsible for the Dissemination and Public Relation of the ENeAGlobal project. Here she established and implemented the Social Media concept for the eAcademy and EarlyNutrition. Mirella Gutser is fluent in four languages and has previous Public Relation experience.

Rebecca Spörl has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Genetics and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Biochemistry. She has several years of experience as Senior Scientific Writer for ENeAGlobal , as a Guest Lecturer at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and as a Research Technician. She is responsible for the Scientific Writing aspect of ENeASEA.