The world is facing an epidemic of food-related health conditions, while lifespan is increasing, health span is not. Non-communicable diet associated diseases, malnutrition, food poisoning and antimicrobial resistance are creating a burden on our healthcare system, a burden that the Quadram Institute seeks to address.
We want to change understanding of how food in the microbiome can affect our health. Our work focuses on how changes in the gut can lead to conditions such as obesity and dementia.
At our new multi-million pound state-of-the-art food and health Research Centre we have a facility for human intervention studies and one of the largest gastrointestinal endoscopy units in Europe, which undertakes 40,000 procedures a year.
We conduct clinical trials and large population microbiome studies, from pregnancy and early life to older age, exploring health at both ends of life. Working with the stabled local population, while mining the gut microbiome and making big data useful to accelerate development of innovative therapeutics. Our work is also helping to identify foods with health benefits.
The structure of food affects how it's digested and this affects the nutrients that sustain the microbiome.
We work on addressing the threat of foodborne illness and the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Training the next generation of scientists is a priority at the Institute. It's just one of the ways we're helping to fill gaps in key areas of the UK's scientific capabilities.
Accelerated change requires a new kind of science driven by new technologies and new ways of thinking and working. The Institute is a hub for the UK's fragmented food and health research, bringing together the best minds from around the world to address important societal and economic challenges.
Located at the Norwich Research Park, home to 3,000 scientists, to create a unique food microbes health pathway to tackle healthy aging; this is the Quadram Institute.