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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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IFR hosts international conference on food bioactives and health

The Institute of Food Research hosted a major international conference dedicated to the study of bioactives and health in September 2016. Bioactives are compounds found naturally in foods that have some active effect on our bodies, and they have attracted a lot of interest from the scientific community for their ability to improve or protect […]

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Dan Lock

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 sunlight, but it can also be taken in through diet – […]

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Naiara Beraza

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 in the media, with several high profile athletes including Olympic gold-medallist […]

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Norihito Kawasaki

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 from the Institute of Food Research has led a group of researchers investigating the role of molecules called lipopolysaccharides. These molecules are found on the outer surface of a large group of bacteria, […]

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Norwich to be home to the Quadram Institute, a new £81.6m 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 £81.6m facility to house the Quadram Institute begins this month, with […]

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Processed meat and cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IACR)’s announcement that processed meat is a cause of cancer, and that red meat is a probable cause of cancer, needs to be taken in the context of what these classifications mean. Crucially, these classifications don’t indicate the size of the risk, how many cases of cancer they […]

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Find out more about broccoli

Sunday’s BBC Countryfile programme on October 25 includes a feature on a variety of broccoli bred to contain higher levels of a compound called glucoraphanin. This broccoli, called Beneforté, is now being grown commercially in the UK and around the world and is available in a number of leading supermarkets in the UK including Asda […]

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New EU project to reduce food waste begins

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is a key partner in the new EU funded multinational research project that will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025. Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain (REFRESH) is an EU Horizon 2020 project which runs from 2015 to 2019, involving partners across the […]

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SACN report advises we reduce sugar and increase fibre

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on carbohydrates and health represents the biggest and most comprehensive review of the science linking these, and its findings are clear. In order to maintain better health, most people should reduce the amount of sugar in their diet, and increase the amount of fibre. What is also […]

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Scientists at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park want to find out whether eating this new broccoli can have an impact on conditions such as high cholesterol in the over-50s.

Enriched broccoli reduces cholesterol

Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6%, according to the results of human trials led by the Institute of Food Research. The broccoli variety was bred to contain two to three times more of a naturally occurring compound glucoraphanin. It is now available in supermarkets, under the […]

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