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27th July 2015

Planning permission granted for new centre for food and health

Planning permission has been granted by South Norfolk Council for a new food and health research building on the Norwich Research Park. The building will house a new centre for food and health, which will bring together the Institute of Food Research (IFR) with...

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17th July 2015

SACN report advises we reduce sugar and increase fibre

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on carbohydrates and health represents the biggest and most comprehensive review of the science linking these, and its findings are clear. In order to maintain better health, most people should reduce the amount of sugar in...

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15th July 2015

‘Selfish’ bacteria link IBD and gut microbiota changes

The discovery of unusual foraging activity in bacteria species populating our gut may explain how conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) link to changes in the populations of gut bacteria. IBD affects 1 in every 250 people in the UK, but its causes are...

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3rd July 2015

The heat is on for the Chilli ME Challenge

Feeling hot? You might start feeling even hotter if you take up the Chilli M.E. Challenge. Started by four girls from Ireland, UK and USA, the aim is to spread awareness and raise funds for biomedical research for myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) /chronic fatigue syndrome...

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24th June 2015

Reducing the risk of foodborne disease in Tanzania’s meat

IFR is a partner in a project that is helping reduce the risk of foodborne disease in Tanzania’s meat supply chain. Here, IFR’s Dr Gary Barker blogs about the need for such a project, as highlighted by the news of meat shortages prompted over...

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4th June 2015

How Salmonella synchronises its invasion plan

A new study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered a mechanism by which Salmonella bacteria organise the expression of genes required for infection. Salmonella bacteria are the leading cause of food borne illness in the EU. Part of what makes them so...

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28th May 2015

New software being developed to help answer complex biological questions

A Norwich Research Park translational grant will help in the development of a multi-functional data integration software tool to improve metadata and network analysis efficiency. This novel software will provide a comprehensive systems biology platform for the integration of diverse datasets. The bespoke Omix...

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19th May 2015

Gut bacteria and mind control: to fix your brain, fix your gut!

Prof. Simon Carding, Leader of the Gut Health and Food Safety Research Programme, Institute of Food Research and Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia, recently delivered a public lecture at the Assembly House in Norwich. During the talk he describes our...

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13th May 2015

Spores for thought: study provides new insights into Clostridium spores

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have established how clostridia bacteria emerge from spores. This could help them understand how these bacteria germinate and go on to produce the deadly toxin responsible for botulism, a lethal form of food poisoning, or cause food...

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22nd April 2015

Enriched broccoli reduces cholesterol

Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6%, according to the results of human trials led by the Institute of Food Research. The broccoli variety was bred to contain two to three times more of a naturally...

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