The authors are indebted to the research teams of each of the countries involved, as well as to the parents/carers, infants and children for their willingness to participate in the study.
FrieslandCampina provided funding for the SEANUTS, but it was not involved in the recruitment of participants, cognitive performance testing and the final set of results.
A. S. was the project leader and participated in the writing of the study protocols as well as evaluation of the study results; waist circumference supervised the statistical analysis; E. G. H. M. v. d. H. was involved in the choosing of the biochemical methods used; C. v. B., J. H. and P. D. identified the research institutes and were involved in the writing of the study protocols; P. D., I. K. and P. P. were involved in data management, study monitoring and data evaluation; S., P. B. K., N. R. and B. K. L. N. were involved in the writing and execution of the study protocols and were the principal investigators. All authors took part in the writing of this manuscript.
Conflicts of interest: The results of the study will be used by FrieslandCampina, but it had no influence on the outcome of the study. None of the other authors or the research institutes has any conflicts of interest.
This paper was published as part of a supplement to the British Journal of Nutrition, the publication of which was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Royal FrieslandCampina. The papers included in this supplement were invited by the Guest Editor and have undergone the standard journal formal review process. They may be cited. The Guest Editor appointed to this supplement is Dr Panam Parikh. The Guest Editor declares no conflict of interest.
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