Our Science

Vision: to understand how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease....



Our mission: to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food....


Our Targets

Our research targets some of the major challenges that face society, where our bioscience...


As Director I am delighted to welcome you to the Quadram Institute.

Prof. Ian Charles

Prof. Ian Charles, Director of Quadram Institute

The Institute’s mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. We are achieving this by bringing together food and gastroenterology researchers and clinicians, under one roof, in a unique environment where collaboration, innovation and synergy across disciplines are promoted to address global challenges in human health, food and disease.

As a population, we are living longer. Here at the Quadram Institute we undertake to provide the best clinical care and the most innovative research to ensure longevity is complemented with good health.

Quadram Institute scientists are developing new foods and improving our understanding of how we can tailor nutritional intake to maximise our own person health.  We are also developing new ways of diagnosing and treating infections when they happen, as well as performing cutting-edge research that is revealing how maintaining a healthy microbiota (the bacterial population that lives in your gut) is critical to reducing the chances of developing conditions such as cancer and dementia.

By browsing through our website, find out more about the biological and clinical research of Quadram Institute Bioscience as well as discovering why the Quadram Institute Endoscopy Centre is providing an outstanding clinical environment for the patients and their families.

Can you help in a new study into pregnancy and early life?

Researchers at Quadram Institute are looking to enrol pregnant mothers who are less than 22 weeks pregnant to take part in The PEARL Study (Pregnancy & Early Life) to understand how the transmission of beneficial microbes from mother to baby affects health.

Quadram Institute Bioscience and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital are launching the PEARL Study to better understand the importance of beneficial microbes in the development of the infant microbiota. This will help define microbial ‘signatures’ that are beneficial to health and lead to new therapies to promote health and prevent disease.

If you are less than 22 weeks pregnant and would like to know more, please visit the study website www.quadram.ac.uk/pearlstudy 

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18th February 2020

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12th February 2020

New sequencing platform uncovers genomic adaptations to common household antibacterial


10th February 2020

Students visit the Quadram Institute to get a taste of food research on European tour