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13th December 2012

Computational model of intestinal crypt cells developed

The lining of the small intestine has a very complicated architecture, partly to increase the surface area through which it can absorb nutrients. It is covered in microscopic folds, called villi, with pits, known as crypts, between them. In these crypts are stem cells that drive...


12th December 2012

Beneficial effects of dietary bioactive peptides and polyphenols on cardiovascular health in humans (BACCHUS)

Paul Kroon and Paul Finglas from the Institute of Food Research are leading a new collaborative project called BACCHUS, funded by the European Commission, that will help small businesses develop robust scientific evidence to back up health claims for new, innovative food and drink products...


6th December 2012

New evidence for epigenetic effects of diet in healthy ageing

New research in human volunteers has shown that molecular changes to our genes, known as epigenetic marks, are driven mainly by ageing but are also affected by what we eat. The study showed that whilst age had the biggest effects on these molecular changes,...


27th November 2012

Molecular DJ

At the recent IFR Open Day, IFR molecular microbiologist Dr Mark Reuter introduced visitors to protein structures using music. Proteins are made up of long chains building blocks called amino acids, and just 20 different amino acids are used to make up all the different proteins...


31st October 2012

IFR positions itself as a Centre for Excellence in Food Safety Science with China

The BBSRC China Partnering Award scheme has enabled the Institute of Food Research to position itself as a Centre for Excellence in Food Safety Science with China. Dr Pradeep Malakar and Professor Tim Brocklehurst, Head of International Relations at IFR, recently hosted a visit...


30th October 2012

E. coli adapts to colonise plants

New research from the Institute of Food Research has given new clues as to how some E. coli strains, normally at home in mammalian gastrointestinal tracts, have adopted slightly different transmission strategies, with some being better adapted to live on plants than others. In...


26th October 2012

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Cristina Fernandez has joined IFR on a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to investigate how adapting foods to control fat digestion could reduce obesity and chronic diet-related disease. Obesity, and related health problems, account for 5% of the EU’s healthcare budget and this figure is...


25th October 2012

PhD opportunities for bioscience graduates

The Institute of Food Research is offering a number of PhD projects through the new Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme which involves five world-class research institutions based on the Norwich Research Park. This new PhD training programme is supported by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) who recognise...


5th October 2012

Hundreds get Inside IFR

Over 1700 people visited the Institute of Food Research during its Open Days in September, getting a unique chance to see Inside IFR. As well as a series of well-received talks, which are now available to view again online, there were dozens of exhibits...


17th September 2012

Assessing a new technique for ensuring fresh produce remains Salmonella-free

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have tested a new technique to ensure fresh produce is free of bacterial contamination. Plasmas are a mix of highly energetic particles created when gases are excited by an energy source. They can be used to destroy...


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