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£5M to understand the role of nutrition in health and disease

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News from: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
News from: Medical Research Council

Nine new research projects have today been awarded a share of £5.3M to offer insights into the role of food and nutrition on our health.

The new projects were funded by BBSRC and MRC as part of a joint responsive mode highlight in Mechanistic Research in Nutrition, issued last year.

Understanding the impact of food on our bodies is essential in developing new guidelines, products and interventions to improve lifelong health. The collaboration between bioscience and medical science researchers will help to tackle fundamental research questions in nutrition to help mitigate increasing public health concerns. The projects funded focus on issues such as metabolism, food choice and digestion.

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: “Understanding the connections between foods, nutrients and health is a huge challenge – but one which we must address to help us all live healthier longer lives. It is great to see BBSRC and MRC working together to fund important research in this area.”

The projects funded are:

  • The effect of fructose on human hepatocyte-adipocyte cellular crosstalk and metabolic health
    Professor Leanne Hodson, University of Oxford
  • Function of brainstem brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf) in food choice
    Professor Lora Heisler, University of Aberdeen
  • Understanding nutrient sensing mechanisms regulating mTOR
    Dr Richard Lamb, University of Liverpool
  • Understanding the interplay between fermentable carbohydrate, colonic short chain fatty acid profile and gut hormone release
    Professor Gary Frost, Imperial College London
  • Can oils derived from genetically-modified plants replace fish oil as a source of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the human diet?
    Professor Johnathan Napier and Dr Graham Burdge, Rothamsted Research and University of Southampton
  • Dietary constituents modulate the healing response through the action of amine oxidases
    Dr Christopher Weston, University of Birmingham
  • Determining the effects of genetic variation and early life stress on the regulation of the galanin gene in fat and alcohol selection
    Dr Alasdair MacKenzie, University of Aberdeen
  • The role of hypothalamic astrocytes in homeostatic regulation of feeding behaviour
    Dr Kate Ellacott, University of Exeter
  • Neural circuits of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) action in health and disease
    Dr Stefan Trapp, University College London


Notes to editors

Nutrition proposals are welcome into all responsive mode rounds, which include mechanisms for Industrial Partnering and work across Council remits. BBSRC have a permanent priority area in Food, Nutrition and Health, and the Mechanistic Nutrition highlight is still in place for MRC.


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