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Research project The Px7 project is a bi-national clinical study across Sweden and Denmark, led by Odense University Hospital Dept. of Surgery, Unit for Neoplastic Colorectal Research. The primary aim is to determine the potential of carrots in preventing the development of colorectal cancer.

The project brings together researchers and chefs from UMU Sympoietic Collaboratory (from UID and the Dept. of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Sciences), with health researchers and practitioners from Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital, in Denmark, and Karolinska Institute, Uppsala University Hospital, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, in Sweden. The carrots are grown and prepared in collaboration with commercial partners: Orskov Foods; Naturfrisk; DanRoots; and Skarø Is.

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Project overview

Project period:

2024-04-01 2027-04-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Umeå Institute of Design

Research area

Cancer, Design, Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science

Project description

The Sympoietic Collaboratory is responsible for Work Package 2: Participation, compliance and Adherence. We use collaborative design methods to prototype support materials, develop guidelines and describe protocols for upstreaming patients into the design of their own care.

Px7 requires participants to drink 100ml of carrot juice (or a placebo) every day for a year. Consuming the same food every day for an extended period is not straight forward. To assist patients in this task, we will prepare support materials for self-tracking and embodied imagining; conduct co-creative workshops with patients; and develop and evaluate a range of carrot products containing high levels of the anti-inflammatory compounds: FaOH/FaDOH, to determine their suitability for helping patients to consume these compounds every day.

Latest update: 2024-05-20