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26th November 2021

B.1.1.529, the ‘Omicron’ SARS-CoV-2 Variant

Dr Andrew Page is Head of Informatics at the Quadram Institute and leads the genomic surveillance work which has been undertaken by the Quadram Institute and other UK centres since March 2020 for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and public health agencies.  Life...


5th November 2021

Plants as vegan iron sources

In this blog, Jenny Plumb from the Food Databanks National Capability at the Quadram Institute looks at which plants make the best vegan iron sources, and the factors that affect how much of this iron we absorb into the body. And, through her work...


2nd November 2021

Hunting variants and how Delta dealt a blow to Alpha

The publication today of a new paper in the journal Science demonstrates how genomic sequencing undertaken at the Quadram Institute has helped the country keep track of how SARS-CoV-2 was evolving in the face of the vaccine rollout. The findings from the Imperial College...

SARS-Cov-2, the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic.

30th September 2021

How genomic surveillance helps understand outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes

In England and Wales, an estimated 30% of deaths due to COVID-19 occurred in care homes, with long term residents being susceptible because of a combination of risk factors, such as increased age and other underlying health conditions. One tool that has shown its...

Dr Teagan Brown, Quadram Institute

24th September 2021

Meet the Quadram Institute Postdoc Society (QIPS)

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution postdocs and researchers make towards research and academic life in general. A postdoc (otherwise known as a ‘postdoctoral’ or ‘postdoctoral researcher’) is a person professionally conducting research after the completion of...

Dr Melanie Pascale, Big C Cancer Charity, Norwich.

5th September 2021

Supporting Good Health: The Role of Charities in Biomedical Research

Charities play a vital role in biomedical research. The AMRC calculated that charities contribute a staggering £1.6bn on medical research in the UK each year. The Quadram Institute is privileged to have the support of local, national, and international charities in several biomedical research...


31st July 2021

Taking Pride in Science and Supporting Inclusive Environments

At the Quadram, we’re committed to celebrating diversity. We strive for the Institute to be a place where everyone feels welcome, respected, and safe. By supporting inclusive environments, staff and students can achieve their true potential. Norwich Pride is an annual extravaganza celebrating our...


1st April 2021

Four scientific innovations that sound like a hoax, but are surprisingly real

Today’s global health challenges require new, innovative ways of thinking. ‘Sci-fi’-esque technology is increasingly being developed and deployed to improve public health. While some of these scientific innovations may sound like a hoax and cause initial scepticism, they are real and enabling Quadram scientists...


27th July 2021

Four Reasons Why Norfolk is a Centre for Plant and Food Science Excellence

In the fields of food and plant science, Norfolk is a centre for excellence. Ripe in agricultural diversity, the region benefits tremendously from the leading farming and agriculture hubs in East Anglia. It is also home to Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest...


15th July 2021

The National Food Strategy: a wake up call and catalyst to change to a healthier food system

Today saw the publication of the National Food Strategy, which calls on the government to reform the UK’s food system to address the immense burden of diet-related illness whilst protecting the environment. Poor diet currently contributes to 64,000 deaths every year in England alone,...


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