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Soon to be at the heart of a unique plant-food-health science cluster in Norwich, UK, the Quadram Institute (QI) will be an international hub to provide a step-change in interdisciplinary food and health research and will be housed in a new state-of-the-art building at the Norwich Research Park, due for completion in 2018.  It will […]

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Quadram Institute reaches major construction landmark

The construction of the Quadram Institute, Norwich Research Park’s state-of-the-art new centre for food and health research, reached a significant stage this week (Thursday 2 March) with the final cement pouring.  George Freeman MP, chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and former UK Minister for Life Sciences, led a ceremony to make the occasion, […]

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ME/CFS talks held in Norwich

An event held in Norwich in January 2017 gave the public a chance to hear about some of the biomedical research being undertaken on the debilitating condition ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). The event was hosted by IFR and Invest in ME Research, a charity promoting biomedical research and education into ME, which is aiming to establish a […]

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New evidence of how gut microbes affect Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) have uncovered a new mechanism linking bacteria in the gut to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They have found that certain bacteria release molecules that interact with the lining of the gut to influence a process known as epithelial cell shedding. This shedding process is vital to maintaining […]

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Signalling network in colon cancer. Cancer-related proteins are green, first neighbours are orange

Finding new cancer drugs in the neighbourhood

In the search for new drugs to combat cancer, it might be worth calling on the neighbours. Computational biologists have looked at the complex networks of interacting proteins that drive cancer formation, and found that targeting the neighbours of cancer-causing proteins may be just as effective as focusing on the cancer proteins themselves. Cancer is […]

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New study unravels critical genes to understand human diseases and support drug discovery

A network analysis of proteins that are most important in responding to environmental signals highlights potential targets for drugs and provides better information on the genetic basis of diseases.  Throughout evolutionary history, there have been genetic elements that have duplicated – giving rise to genes with different functions. These are called ‘paralogs’. They are able […]

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Scientists spend a week at Westminster

Two scientists from Norwich Research Park have taken part in a Royal Society scheme to bring the worlds of politics and science closer together. The initiative, run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science – with support from the Government Office for Science, enabled them to spend a week at Westminster […]

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Omnipath sends strong signal

Combining the power of 27 data resources, Omnipath [http://omnipathdb.org] helps researchers see biological signalling pathways with unprecedented accuracy. Developed by researchers in the UK and Germany and published in Nature Methods, OmniPath offers a comprehensive, unified collection of literature-curated signalling pathways based on an analysis of 41 000 scientific papers. All the functions happening in […]

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Diversity in C. botulinum germination

A new study from the Institute of Food Research has filled a gap in our knowledge of germination of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous causes of food poisoning. C. botulinum bacteria produce a highly potent neurotoxin that if present in the body causes botulism, which often leads to paralysis and sometimes death. The […]

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The BioPilotsUK partners at the launch at EFIB2016

Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

The Norwich Research Park Biorefinery Centre has joined a new alliance of similar established R&D centres, called BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy. “BioPilotsUK will enable Britain to realise the potential to tap both […]

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Norfolk hospital and science partnership cure patients of debilitating gut infection

A treatment programme for Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is being announced during International Infection Prevention Awareness Week 17-21 October. In the last year, the lives of 20 patients diagnosed with C. diff, a bacterium that infects the gut, have been transformed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by the use of Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT).  […]

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