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The Quadram Institute, a new £75M food and health research centre

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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 £75M facility to house the Quadram Institute begins this month, with an anticipated opening in 2018.

The initial investment for the Quadram Institute is being provided by BBSRC together with its three Norwich-based partners: the Institute of Food Research (IFR); the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH); and the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The Quadram Institute will integrate research teams from the IFR and UEA’s Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School with the NNUHs’ gastrointestinal endoscopy facility under one roof.


To be led by Professor Ian Charles, currently Director of the IFR, the Quadram Institute’s mission will be to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease. The concept for the institute is to enable a step-change in food and health science research by providing new insights and accelerating innovation that will deliver new foods and treatments as well as proactive health and lifestyle interventions, for the benefit of society and the bio-economy.

The creation of the Quadram Institute underlines the collaboration of the four founding partners and reflects its strategy to work across four research themes: the gut and the microbiome (the gut flora); healthy ageing; food innovation; and food safety. These research themes will link closely to the world-class plant and crop research at the John Innes Centre and bioinformatics at The Genome Analysis Centre, both also located at the Norwich Research Park, creating a powerful plant-food-health pathway to deliver clinically-validated strategies to improve human nutrition, health and wellbeing. The Quadram Institute will work closely with the food industry, healthcare and allied sectors to transfer its scientific knowledge into practice.

“There is a unique set of resources and expertise at the Norwich Research Park enabling the new Quadram Institute to be a world-leading innovation hub across our areas of interest, namely the gut, microbes, food and health. This is an exciting time to have the opportunity to be truly at the forefront of an emerging new discipline of health and food research. Recent understanding of how food and our gut flora interact is creating a fundamental shift in the way we will understand and address the impact of food on health. We will be engaged in fundamental and translational research, alongside clinical studies and endoscopy and our goal is to become recognised globally for research excellence and clinical expertise, and impact on patient care and outcomes” said Professor Charles.

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Executive Director of Science, said: “The UK is a recognised leader in bioscience research, with Norwich being well known for its strengths in food and plant sciences, as well as microbiological and gastrointestinal research. The Quadram Institute will enable us to bring together world-leading scientists in custom-built facilities to develop an integrated approach to food, diet and health research. The challenges these scientists will be tackling are some of the most important for people around the world, socially and economically.”

UEA Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said: "The Quadram Institute will be a unique multidisciplinary hub for world-leading research in the important fields of food, diet and health. This partnership will give Norwich Research Park researchers the opportunity to make cutting-edge contributions at the forefront of this emerging discipline.”



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The Quadram Institute

About the Quadram Institute

The Quadram Institute is a new centre for food and health research to be located on the Norwich Research Park. Under one roof the Quadram Institute will integrate research teams from the current Institute of Food Research (IFR) and University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s (NNUH) gastrointestinal endoscopy facility.

The Quadram Institute’s mission is to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease.

The launch of the new brand for the Quadram Institute at the start of 2016 gives it a strong identity ahead of the opening of the new building in 2018.

About University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is among the top 1% of universities globally (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2014-15) and placed 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Also known for its outstanding student experience, it has achieved a Top 10 rating in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began. UEA is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park – one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

About NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is a 1,000 bed teaching hospital with state-of-the-art facilities which provides care to a population of more than a million people. We work closely with the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to train health professionals and undertake clinical research. Our newly developed Cromer Hospital opened in 2012 and has a Minor Injuries Unit and provides many specialist services to the population of North Norfolk. We have world class facilities, highly skilled staff and are rated highly by our patients for our quality of care.

About Norwich Research Park

Norwich Research Park is home to over 12,000 people including 3,000 researchers and clinicians with an annual research spend of over £100M. Managed by Norwich Research Partners LLP. it is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, four independent world-renowned research institutes namely the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research and The Genome Analysis Centre (all strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)) and The Sainsbury Laboratory linked to the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. BBSRC is itself a partner as is the John Innes Foundation.

The main strength of Norwich Research Park is the concentration of world-leading scientists coupled with the capability for multidisciplinary research. We continue to build on this by attracting new partners and innovative businesses to the Park to collaborate in our research and to develop our vision.


BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, BBSRC invested over £509M in world-class bioscience in 2014-15. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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