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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...

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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...

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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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15th July 2022

What is a hackathon? Coding, computers and community

“A hackathon is an event that brings together technical experts to focus on solving common challenges that they collectively face. These  challenges can be small or big. A hackathon brings diverse expertise to address the challenge to benefit the whole community. Software solutions I...


8th July 2022

Bringing physiological research to Parliament

“We went to London to take part in the Parliamentary Celebration of Physiology Education and Teaching event at Portcullis House within the Houses of Parliament. The four of us are members of the Physiological Society and the society invited us to exhibit the work...

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1st July 2022

Robots and jigsaws – the technology behind investigating bacterial diversity

Bacteria that cause disease are increasingly resistant to antibiotics used to treat infections. This resistance is a major global public health challenge.  Tracking the changes in genetics of bacteria is important for monitoring antimicrobial resistance along with providing insight into their bacterial biology. The...

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17th June 2022

Studying how diets rich in broccoli could prevent prostate cancer progression

“Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way and is the most common cancer in males in the UK’’. Human studies in individuals who have prostate cancer have shown that eating broccoli may inhibit the risk of...

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10th June 2022

How researchers can promote a better online presence

Dr Nabil-Fareed Alikhan is a Bioinformatics Scientific Programmer in our Core Bioinformatics group. Here Nabil-Fareed shares his experience and insight on the value of being visible online and easy resources to help you develop your online presence. “Over the years I have attended several...

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20th May 2022

How does sleep affect blood sugar levels?

Sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind and body occurring periodically, resulting in reduced consciousness, increased muscle relaxation and altered response to stimuli. Based on the brain pattern of electric activity, eye movement and skeletal muscle tone, human sleep is split into two...

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13th May 2022

DIME study explores how bioactives help the microbial eco-system in our gut

By Federico Bernuzzi The DIME study? What is it? When we think of food, we tend to think of how many carbs, fats, and, perhaps even, protein a portion of food or meal contains. Rarely, do we consider the micronutrients, such as vitamins and...


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