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A baby being held by mother

7th October 2022

How does the gut microbiome affect vaccine response in babies?

“Early life is a critical time for our gut microbiota and immune system. Both take shape during the first two years of life. It’s also the time when most of us get our vaccines. So, it’s important we understand how the gut microbiome affects...

Three bread rolls on a wooden surface.

27th September 2022

What is the best way to store bread?

On average we each eat 43 loaves of bread each year. But a lot of that goes in the bin, with UK households throwing away 24 million slices of bread each day. So, what’s the best way to store bread? A member of the...

A woman with dark hair smiling, holding papers with the title "Investigating Immune Reactivity to the Intestinal Microbiome in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"

23rd September 2022

The highs and lows of a PhD in ME research

Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a long-term debilitating condition. It has a wide range of symptoms including extreme post-exertional fatigue, cognitive difficulties and mobility difficulties which are worsened after physical or mental exertion. Katharine’s PhD in the Simon Carding group was funded by the UK charity...


12th September 2022

A to Z of food science

Food science spans biology, chemistry, microbiology and nutrition to learn more about the food we eat and its impact on our health. We explore some of the key aspects of research going on at the Quadram Institute in this area. A – Antimicrobial Resistance...

A graphical image. The background is green and there are white silhouettes of a baby, an adult and older people along with a toddler. Each has a variety of colourful blobs illustrated inside their guts.

2nd September 2022

Where do we get our gut microbes from and how do they change with age?

Birth and Babies Early life is the first step in establishing a beneficial microbial ecosystem. Even before birth, the maternal microbiome can help in the development of the placenta and the healthy growth of the baby. Initial colonisation of the gut by microbes happens...

A torso wearing a grey t shirt holding two glass bottles of milk with green lids. On the left bottle there is the image of soybeans on the label and on the right bottle there is a label with almonds on it.

22nd August 2022

Boosting nutrition of plant-based milks

Plant-based alternatives to dairy milk have gained huge popularity in recent years. European plant-based “milk” sector has grown by 36% between 2018 – 2020 to €1.6bn and sales in the UK are set to double by 2025. This growth in popularity of plant-based alternatives...

A woman wearing a blue hairnet, white lab coat and red oven cloves is stood on the right holding a large pizza spade. Behind her is an industrial oven.

12th August 2022

Baking biscuits for research; an experience in industry

Kathrin Haider is a fourth year PhD student in the group of Professor Pete Wilde studying dietary fibre to make healthier foods. As part of her PhD, she gained experience with food industry partner Mondelez. We chatted to Kathrin to find out more about...

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4th August 2022

Cycling; from commuting to community

Social group rides regularly take place across Norwich Research Park. We find out more about the social bike rides and support for cyclists. How the social group rides started “I started the social group cycling rides in 2020. I joined the Quadram Institute during...

A group of seven young people smiling. A couple with thumbs up.

29th July 2022

The vibrant student community at the Quadram Institute

The Quadram Institute is home to a vibrant and supportive community of students that include undergraduates, masters and PhD students. Students work on unique projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in health, microbiology, and nutrition. Within the student community, the Quadram Student Forum...

A graphic showing an illustration of a brain on the left, a silhouette of a body in the middle and some microbes on the right

22nd July 2022

How the gut microbiome affects the brain and mind

The gut-brain axis is the communication between the gut microbiota and the brain. Imbalances in the gut microbiome are often linked to immunological and neurological conditions. Here we learn about the latest research into the links between the gut microbiome and the brain. Cognitive...


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