Nutrition and food security research theme

Determining dietary requirements and sustainable food choices to improve health.

The challenge

Ingesting suitable amounts of nutritious and safe food at an appropriate regularity is key to sustaining life and promoting health and wellbeing. This is not currently happening — the World Health Organisation estimates that around 60 per cent of the global disease burden is attributable in some way to poor diet or unsafe food. New thinking, knowledge, applications and governance systems need to emerge to persuade individuals to make healthy and sustainable choices for themselves and others. Better strategies to ensure food and water security, including effective food waste management, are sought throughout the world.

Our response

Research programmes within the theme of nutrition and food security address these challenges — from investigating electron shuffle in food chain-relevant microbial communities to instigating behavioural change in human populations. Biomedical, clinical and genetic studies of nutrient deficiency, nutrient handling and circadian control of metabolism inform approaches to personalised diets and disease prevention. Investigations of how nutritional requirements alter during times of illness and exertion aid menu design, including when fresh food is not easy to obtain. Understanding how diseases and drug treatments effect the GI microbiome in people and animals highlights ways to prevent contamination of food and water, reducing, for example, the likelihood of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Studying the function and regulation of the gut-brain axis informs strategies to improving mental health.

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Time is of the essence: Revealing the elusive ‘bone clock’ in humans

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Research theme members

NameRoleSchool
Kourosh AhmadiReader in Nutritional GenomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Illkur AktanTeaching Fellow in Veterinary AnatomySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Rona Canaj AntoniResearch Fellow in Nutritional MetabolismSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon ArcherLecturer in Veterinary Clinical ResearchSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Bryony ArmsonResearch FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Claudio Avignone RossaReader in Systems MicrobiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Matteo BarberisReader in Systems BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Elizabeth BarleyProfessor of Mental Health Sciences and NursingSchool of Health Sciences
Sarah BathLecturer in Public Health NutritionSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Shahriar BehboudiSenior Lecturer in Veterinary Immunology and VirologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Martha BetsonLecturer in Veterinary ParasitologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Emma BorkowskiTeaching Fellow In Anatomic PathologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Anna-Maria BrownTeaching Fellow - Integrated Care (Midwifery)School of Health Sciences
Jonathan BrownSenior Teaching Fellow in Nutritional SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Hayley BruceVeterinary Clinical Teaching FellowsSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Mark ChambersProfessor of Veterinary BacteriologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Kathrin Cohen-KadoshSenior Lecturer in Developmental Cognitive NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Adam CollinsSenior Teaching Fellow in Nutritional SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Alasdair James CookHead of Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public HealthSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Guido CordoniResearch Fellow in Molecular MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Louise DaviesSenior Teaching Fellow Director of Studies Midwifery and LMESchool of Health Sciences
Philip DeanResearch Fellow (RA II)School of Psychology
Ayse DemirkanResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Hermanus Henricus Maria DraismaResearch Fellow in Statistical Multi-Omics Modelling and AnalysisSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Mary Bernadette EganSenior Research FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ruan ElliottSenior Lecturer in Nutritional SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Barbara EngelSenior Teaching Fellow in Nutrition and DieteticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Benjamin FieldClinical Reader of Diabetes and EndocrinologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Barbara FieldingReader in Nutritional SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher Fife-ShawProfessor of PsychologySchool of Psychology
Erika GalipoResearch AssistantSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Maria GetinoResearch Fellow in MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Veronica GiacintucciTeaching Fellow in Food ScienceSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Terri GrassbyLecturer in Food ScienceSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bruce GriffinProfessor of Nutritional MetabolismSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jorge Gutierrez MerinoLecturer in Food MicrobiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kathryn HartSenior Lecturer in Nutrition and DieteticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Robert HatchTeaching Fellow  (Biosciences Foundation Year)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Sara HealyTeaching Fellow in Animal HusbandrySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Christian HeissClinical Professor of MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Charo HodgkinsResearch Fellow (RA II)School of Psychology
Teresa HollandsSenior Teaching Fellow in Veterinary NutritionSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Daniel HortonSenior Lecturer in Veterinary VirologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Andrew HultonTeaching Fellow in Sport and Exercise ScienceSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Cheryl IsherwoodResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jonathan JohnstonReader in Chronobiology and Integrative PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Nicola JohnstoneResearcher in Developmental Cognitive NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Cecile JonesTeaching Fellow in DieteticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher JonesSenior Lecturer in Social PsychologySchool of Psychology
Henrietta Kodilinye-SimsTeaching Fellow in Veterinary Clinical Practice (Production Animal)School of Veterinary Medicine
Roberto La RagioneProfessor in Veterinary Microbiology and PathologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Susan Lanham-NewProfessor of NutritionSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kathryn LawtonTeaching Fellow Integrated Care MidwiferySchool of Health Sciences
Giovanni Lo IaconoLecturer in Biostatistics/EpidemiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Carlos Maluquer de MotesSenior Lecturer in Virus/Host InteractionsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ralph MandersLecturer in Exercise PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jai MehatResearch Fellow in MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Lisa MohebatiResearch Fellow (Daphne Jackson Fellowship)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Jane OgdenChair in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Aurore PoirierResearch Fellow in Molecular MicrobiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Joaquin PradaLecturer in Veterinary EpidemiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Inga ProkopenkoProfessor of E-One-HealthSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher ProudmanProfessor and Head of the Veterinary MedicineSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Monique RaatsAssociate Dean (Research and Innovation)School of Psychology
Margaret RaymanProfessor of Nutritional MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Victoria RevellLecturer in Translational Sleep and Circadian PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jennifer RitchieSenior Lecturer in Microbial PathogenesisSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Margaret RobertsonReader in Nutritional PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Tracey RoberstonResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Clare RusbridgeProfessor in Veterinary NeurologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Helen SherriffTeaching Fellow (Paramedic Science)School of Health Sciences
Debra SkeneProfessor of NeuroendocrinologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Annette Marie SterrChair in Cognitive Neuroscience and NeuropsychologySchool of Psychology
Dona Wilani SubasingheTeaching Fellow in Small Animal PracticeSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Lada Timotijevic Principal Research FellowSchool of Psychology
Margot UmplebyProfessorial Research Fellow (Diabetes Metabolic Medicine Research)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Arnoud van ViletSenior Lecturer in MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Andrew WalesResearch FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Kezia WhatleyResearch Fellow in Molecular ParasitologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Juliet WilsonTeaching Fellow in DieteticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Saskia Wilson-BarnesResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kayleigh WylesLecturer in Environmental PsychologySchool of Psychology

Research theme champions

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Dr Terri Grassby

Research Theme Champion

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Dr Johanna von Gerichten

Associate Research Theme Champion

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