Congratulations to the Gertsch group for the 3.2 Mio Sinergia grant Congratulations to the Gertsch group for the 3.2 Mio Sinergia grant to study how food affects health in primates starting in February 2024. Prof. Jürg Gertsch (responsible applicant) and his colleagues Prof. Erica Van de Waal (Geneva), Assistant Prof. Claire Bertelli (Lausanne) and Prof. Yossi Tam (Jerusalem. Israel) obtained the Sinergia grant “The Food-Medicine Continuum in Vervet Monkeys: Investigations on the Interplay between Diet Quality, Stress Coping, and the Endocannabinoid System» to study the impact of food on social stress in wild and urbanized vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) in South Africa.” This 4-year interdisciplinary study aims to identify molecular components in food that impact metabolism and stress through the gut-brain endocannabinoid system. The research team believes that an understanding of non-human primate food choices during stress could have implications to improve human nutrition. This project not only will shed light on primate ecology, but also provide a basis for novel nutraceutical interventions in humans.