Commercial partners needed for an Existing Project on MEDITERRANEAN DIET in PREGNANCY

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Dear Sir/Madam

We are one of the leading academic units in the UK conducting Women’s Health research. We recently won an award from Barts Charity to assess the benefits of a healthy diet based on Mediterranean pattern in pregnant women. This study has the potential to change the dietary habits of pregnant women nationally.

We plan to recruit 1062 pregnant women and provide extra virgin Olive oil 0.5l/week and nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts and almond) 30g/day as part of the intervention to half of them. We start our recruitment later this year and are currently looking for a commercial partner who is interested in bearing the costs of extra virgin olive oil and/or nuts. ExperimentalWe are in joint partnership with Spanish experts whose work on a similar diet in non-pregnancy reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke or death by a third (PREDIMED study). That study was sponsored by olive oil and nut industry.

We will be able to acknowledge your contribution in all publications (which would involve press releases and no doubt much media attention should we demonstrate a significant positive impact on the health of these women and babies (as shown recently by a similar study in non-pregnancy in Spain)). We are also happy to use your logo, thus increase exposure.

A beneficial effect has widespread implications not only nationally but internationally in promoting Mediterranean diet in pregnancy, with specific focus on extra virgin olive oil and nuts. Please let us know if you interested in this exciting opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours sincerely

John

(On behalf of)
Prof Shakila Thangaratinam PhD MRCOG
Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health
Consultant in Obstetrics

John Allotey
PREP Study Co-ordinator

Women’s Health Research Unit
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Yvonne Carter Building
58 Turner Street
London. E1 2AB

Tel: +4420 7882 6048
Mobile: 07512913961 (personal)
Fax: +4420 7882 6047
nhs.net email: john.allotey@nhs.net
Website: blizard

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