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25th August 2011

IFR at the Norfolk Food Festival 2011

At the EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival 2011 IFR debated, discussed, deliberated and demonstrated a wide range of food related issues with the public. Events included explaining taste and flavour in Norwich Castle gardens, the importance of food for sport at the Tour of...

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22nd August 2011

Tuning natural antimicrobials to improve their effectiveness at battling superbugs

Ongoing research at IFR, which is strategically funded by BBSRC, is exploring the use of virus-produced proteins that destroy bacterial cells to combat potentially dangerous microbial infections. Bacteriophages produce endolysin proteins that specifically target certain bacteria, and IFR has been studying one that destroys...

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16th August 2011

Nature reaches for the high-hanging fruit

In the first study of its kind, researchers have used tools of palaeontology to gain new insights into the diversity of natural plant chemicals. They have shown that during the evolution of these compounds nature doesn’t settle for the ‘low-hanging fruit’ but favours rarer,...

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15th August 2011

New International Manager for IFR

The International Offce at IFR is pleased to welcome Gro Slotsvik to their team. Gro Slotsvik’s role as the new International Manager at IFR is split between supporting collaboration between IFR scientists and researchers across the world, and working with international companies to apply...

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11th August 2011

Shedding light on the glass state

    In a special issue of the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics (EJPB) Dr Roger Parker and Dr Natalia Perez described new work which shed light on the molecular basis of stabilising proteins in the glass state.   IFR, which is strategically...

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29th July 2011

IFR research featured in ‘The Big Picture’

The latest issue of ‘Big Picture’, the Wellcome Trust’s free educational resource for teachers and learners, is all about the biological, social and psychological aspects of what we eat. Included in the package is a short film ‘Modelling the Stomach’ that descibes research undertaken...

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29th July 2011

Ask A Food Scientist at LunchBox at the Forum

Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to ask a food scientist? During August the Institute of Food Research installed some of its food scientists into The Forum in Norwich as part of Lunchbox, the two week festival of street theatre that’s perfect to enjoy...

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18th July 2011

Minister opens World Class Innovation Centre and hears about world-leading science

The NRP Innovation Centre at the Norwich Research Park (NRP) provides offices and laboratory facilities for science and technology businesses at the heart of a major science cluster. Today (18th July 2011) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable,...

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11th July 2011

Research opportunity pays dividends for Canadian graduate student

Justin McCarville, a master’s degree student in Applied Bioscience at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology has recently taken part in a three-month international internship at IFR, studying the immune response of the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract.   “When a...

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30th June 2011

Genome analysis will reveal how bacteria in our guts make themselves at home

Researchers from the Institute of Food Research, led by Dr Nathalie Juge, and The Genome Analysis Centre have published the genome sequence of a gut bacterium, to help understand how these organisms evolved their symbiotic relationships with their hosts. The relationship between gut bacteria...

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