INFINITE Laboratory

PENSINE project

The Roquette Foundation for Health supports the PENSINE project, which highlights the importance of nutrition, from conception onwards, for the development of good health. This research project is in line with the Foundation’s activities in the field of nutrition and health. 

The INFINITE laboratory is developing scientific and medical research that will allow understanding and treating inflammatory pathologies by identifying their nutritional, environmental, immunological and bacteriological causes. By discovering predictive biomarkers of the onset and progression of inflammatory diseases, the INFINITE laboratory will be able to develop new treatments for them. 


utrition during the first 1,000 days of life, from conception to 2 years of age, appears to be an important determinant of a child’s health and risk of chronic diseases throughout life. The PENSINE study is based on the study of the relationship between exclusive breastfeeding for 3 months and the child’s intestinal health at the age of 4 years. 


To carry out this study, 350 volunteer mother-child pairs from the Jeanne de Flandres maternity hospital in Lille (Europe’s leading maternity hospital in terms of the number of births) will be followed for a period of 4 years.  


During the study, the pregnant woman’s diet, clinical history and lifestyle, as well as the child’s diet from birth will be monitored. The child’s dietary evolution, i.e. type of breastfeeding, age at diversification, intake of prebiotics or probiotics, will be closely followed until the age of 4 years. In addition to interviews and questionnaires, stool, cord blood and blood samples from the child will be collected and analyzed. 


This study will eventually lead to new recommendations for pregnant women and their infants, with the aim of modulating the child’s health trajectory and preventing the onset of chronic intestinal diseases. The interest of this project is also to promote breastfeeding and good behavior in the diversification of the child’s diet.


*PENSINE: Perinatality, Environment, Intestinal Health and Nutrition of the Child 



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