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21st July 2016

Reaction to new vitamin D recommendations

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) today published new recommendations that everyone should consume 10micrograms of vitamin D daily, the equivalent of about 400 International Units (IU). The main way we get vitamin D is through our bodies synthesising it on exposure to...

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21st July 2016

SIRTainly all the craze right now; should sirtuin bioactives be part of our diet?

Scientists led by Dr Naiara Beraza at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park are investigating the mechanisms underpinning the supposed beneficial effects of the ‘Sirtfood Diet’. Sirtfoods burst onto the health and nutrition scene earlier this year, making a splash...

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Scanning electron micrograph showing EHEC (red) adhering to human intestinal biopsy epithelium

11th July 2016

Little gut reaction to enterohaemorrhagic E. coli

A recently published study has found some evidence that enterohaemorrhagic E.coli(EHEC) may be able to evade or suppress our immune system. EHEC (aka E. coli O157) causes around 1200 cases of food poisoning in the UK every year. Symptoms are serious, ranging from diarrhoea...

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8th July 2016

Do the Answers to ME/CFS lie within our Gut?

Researchers on the Norwich Research Park have published a review of evidence for a role of the gut microbiota and virome in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Commonly presenting with hugely diverse and debilitating symptoms including post-exertional tiredness, unrefreshing sleep, concentration problems and widespread pain,...

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4th July 2016

New insights into how we fight bacterial infection

A new study has found a novel way in which certain bacteria are recognised and trigger our immune system. Dr Norihito Kawasaki  has led a group of researchers investigating the role of molecules called lipopolysaccharides. These molecules are found on the outer surface of...

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28th June 2016

UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research

The Institute of Food Research and Jiangnan University have collaborated to initiate a UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotic Research. The centre builds on long term collaboration between Professor Chen Wei, at Jiangnan University, and Professor Arjan Narbad at the IFR, which receives strategic funding...

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1st June 2016

Nature Inside View on the Quadram Institute

Ahead of the Food-Microbiome Interaction: Implications for Health and Disease conference at the Royal Society, Ian Charles, founding Director of the Quadram Institute,  spoke to Nature Magazine for an Inside View profile feature, on the Quadram Institute. It was published in Nature, and is also...

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5th April 2016

Microevolution key to Salmonella’s success

Research led by Dr Rob Kingsley has shown how Salmonella rapidly “microevolves” during an epidemic. It highlights how whole genome sequencing is important in tracking pathogenic bacteria. Salmonella are one of the most common causes of bacterial disease in humans and animals. Part of...

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29th March 2016

IFR Experiment in the Cathedral

IFR’s researchers met with hundreds of people of all ages during Norwich Cathedral’s Science Festival. On Saturday March 12th, thousands of people visited “Experiment in the Cathedral” – a day of family fun and a chance to meet some of the many scientists from...

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4th March 2016

How probiotic protects against pathogen infection in the gut

A collaborative study by researchers on the Norwich Research Park has indicated how certain probiotic bacteria can help reduce infection by pathogenic E. coli. Previous clinical studies have suggested that certain probiotic bacteria could prevent pathogenic bacteria from infecting the human gut. In particular,...

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