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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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4th March 2016

Discovery of mechanism for transfer of botulinum neurotoxin genes

A new study has shown how Clostridium botulinum could potentially transfer their deadly neurotoxin genes to other bacteria. This highlights the need for constant vigilance in identifying new threats to food safety. The botulinum neurotoxin is the most potent known, and has been much...

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19th February 2016

Norwich to be home to the Quadram Institute, a new Food & Health research centre

The Quadram Institute is the name of the new centre for food and health research to be located at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in food, health and environmental sciences.  Building of a new...

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3rd February 2016

Autophagy – A review of techniques

The third edition of “Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy” was recently published in the leading journal Autophagy,featuring TGAC’s Autophagy Regulatory Network resource and co-authored by Dr Tamas Korcsmaros, Computational Biology Fellow at The Earlham Institute and the Quadram...

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15th January 2016

More weapons but less ammo: benefits and drawbacks of selenium supplementation for immunity

A more thorough evaluation of selenium supplementation is needed, to better understand its benefits to our immune system, and the risks. This is the finding of a new study from the Institute of Food Research, and funded by the Food Standards Agency, which has...

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