Food and Health Alliance

Scientists in the Food and Health Alliance (FAHA) on Norwich Research Park (NRP) work to understand the relationship between diet and human health. In particular they are responding to the increase in chronic diseases common to aging such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and the ‘metabolic syndrome’ associated with obesity. They have a special focus on the functioning of the GI tract and its microflora in healthy and diseased states.  A new focus for this area on NRP is now set to be provided by the Quadram Institute (QI).


FAHA – Food and Health Alliance

The Norwich Research Park has over 50 food and health related research groups based within it’s partner institutions and its scientists have collaborated for a number of years under the Food and Health Alliance (FAHA).  A new focus for this area set to be provided by the Quadram Institute (QI), a pioneering new facility for food and health research which is opening in 2018.

QI will bring together research teams from the Institute of Food Research with others from the UEA Norwich Medical School, as well a new NNUH regional gastrointestinal endoscopy centre and a state-of-the-art clinical research facility.  QI will host interdisciplinary research at the frontier of where food, health and the microbiome studies combine. It will harness a pipeline of research from plants to foods to people to populations, delivering innovative new foods and novel therapies.

Name Affiliation Research interests
Richard Ball Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Mechanisms in oncogenesis, especially in urological cancers. The decline in the clinical post mortem examination
Yongping Bao University of East Anglia Understanding the mechanisms of isothiocyanates in cancer prevention, focussing on signalling pathways, cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and expression of chemoprotective enzymes
Naiara Beraza Institute of Food Research Hepatology, cholestatic liver diseases, SIRT1, bile acids
Mark Blyth University of East Anglia Modelling of GI tract
Simon Carding Institute of Food Research Mucosal immune system, dendritic cells (DC) and lipid metabolism
Aedin Cassidy University of East Anglia Polyphenols, nutrition, cardiovascular disease
Ian Clark University of East Anglia Molecular cell biologist, cartilage biology and osteoarthritis. Effect of diet derived phytochemicals
Mark Cooker University of East Anglia Mathematical modelling of GI tract
Colin Cooper University of East Anglia Prostate cancer, genomics and clinical studies
Claire Domoney John Innes Centre  Genes and processes involved in determining seed quality traits in Pisum sativum L. (pea), proteins, sugars, starch and nutritional value
Dylan Edwards University of East Anglia Cancer : molecular biologist principally interested in the functions of the human “degradome”
Sue Fairweather-Tait University of East Anglia Nutrition, micronutrients, diet and ageing
Rob Field John Innes Centre Molecular basis of complex biological events, carbohydrates
Paul Finglas Institute of Food Research Development of the UK food composition database
Alastair Forbes Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Clinical nutrition, GI tract
Jelena Gavrilovic University of East Anglia Cell interactions in health and disease, emphasis on inflammation
Lindsay Hall Institute of Food Research/University of East Anglia Early life nutrition & microbiota
Andy Hart University of East Anglia/Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Nutrition and GI tract diseases
Linda Harvey University of East Anglia Nutrition : microntrient requirements and metabolism
Brittany Hazard Institute of Food Research/John Innes Centre Nutrition : microntrient requirements and metabolism
Lee Hooper University of East Anglia Nutrition, research synthesis, meta-analysis, large clinical studies
Andy Jones University of East Anglia Metabolic syndrome – effect of environment on obesity
Nathalie Juge Institute of Food Research Molecular mechanisms underpinning gut bacteria-mucus interaction
Nohorito Kawasaki Institute of Food Research Food structure in the gastorintestinal tract
Rob Kingsley Institute of Food Research  Variation in genotype and phenotype of food-borne bacterial pathogens and their host
Tamás Korcsmáros Earlham Institute  Host-microbe interactions in the gut, regulation of autophagy by microbes, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer
Paul Kroon Institute of Food Research Intake, absorption, metabolism and health effects of dietary polyphenols
Mike Lewis Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Calcium signalling in GI tract. Oesophagogastric cancer and Barretts. Quality of life in cancer surgery
Alexander Macgregor University of East Anglia Genetic epidemiology ; Rheumatic disease epidemiology
Paul Malcolm Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Body and vascular MRI
Anne Marie Minihane University of East Anglia Nutrigenetics, n-3 fatty acids and inflammatory conditions, cardiovascular, brain
Cathie Martin John Innes Centre Plant foods for nutrition, anthocyanins, genetics
Richard Mithen Institute of Food Research Plant bioactives, glucosinolates, cancer, cardiovascular
Michael Muller University of East Anglia/Institute of Food Research Molecular Nutrition, Nutrigenomics
Arjan Narbad Institute of Food Research Microbial ecology of the gastrointestinal tract and the role of the complex gut microbiota in health and disease
Maria O’Connell University of East Anglia New therapeutic targets in the resolution of inflammation
Anne Osbourn John Innes Centre Plant-derived natural products – function, synthesis, and mechanisms of metabolic diversification
Mike Peck Institute of Food Research Basic and strategic aspects of the physiology and molecular biology of Clostridium botulinum
Carmen Pin Institute of Food Research
Gary Rowley University of East Anglia Molecular microbiologist, environmental regulation of enteric pathogens, Salmonella
Simon Rushbrook Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Hepatology – genetics
Mike Sampson Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Diabetes – clinical
John Saxton University of East Anglia Exercise physiology
Stephanie Schuller University of East Anglia/Institute of Food Research Infection & Immunity, E. coli
Andoni Toms Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital CT and MR of orthopaedic implants, dynamic carpal instability, physiological MR imaging of the gastrointestinal tract
Mark Tremelling Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital The genetics of inflammatory bowel disease
Jeremy Turner Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital The role of inflammatory signaling in adipose tissue in linking obesity to insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease
David Vauzour University of East Anglia Neurodegenerative disorders
Fred Warren Institute of Food Research
Alastair Watson University of East Anglia Gastroenterology, gut epithelium
Ailsa Welch University of East Anglia Nutrition and musculoskeletal health
Pete Wilde Institute of Food Research Food structure in the gastrointestinal tract
Mark Williams University of East Anglia Cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the self-renewal and physiological function of the human intestinal epithelium
Andrew Wilson University of East Anglia/Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Airways specialist – projects on nutrition and respiratory tract and inflammatory status

Multi-disciplined science approach improves diet and health

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New study highlights how processing affects fat absorption from plant-based foods

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IFR and NNUH help to combat serious gut infections with FMT

A collaboration between the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and Institute of Food Research (IFR) has been crucial to the success of the Faecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) to combat Clostridium difficile infection, but this also extends beyond, as they are interested in learning more about exactly what makes this treatment so effective, and finding ways of improving [Continue reading»]

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