Secondment of Juscelino Tovar from Lund University (SE) to DomusVi . Geriatros S.A. (ES) (10th -20th September 2018)

The aim of this first part of the secondment was to know the facilities and working protocols of the nursing homes run by DomusVi (trademark of Geriatros S.A.), which will host WP4 clinical trial in Galicia.

I had a really productive stay in Vigo where I visited the Organization headquarters, holding interesting informative meetings with the Technical Director (Fini Pérez M), the Quality Director (María Taboada) and the Senior Nutritionist (Nekane Cárdenas), who provided me with a comprehensive view of the Organization functioning.

Ms Taboada and her team organized a fruitful round of visits to some of their nursing homes in the area: Barreiro (Vigo), Chantada, Santiago de Compostela and Ourense-Centro. Those visits allowed me to meet and discuss the general objective of our WP in Fodiac with corresponding home directors, resident MDs, psychologists and nurses.

We managed to identify the possible profile of the target volunteer that will participate in the dietary intervention planned for the clinical assessment of the bioactivity of main Fodiac outcomes. As a result of these considerations, The Quality Director will implement measures aiming to complement the currently available databank of cardiometabolic risk-related biomarkers, information that will be needed for the formal estimation of the sample size in the upcoming intervention.

I am glad to say that the secondment results allow us to be optimistic regarding the feasibility of a sound clinical validation at a later stage of the project.