We all know that a good diet is key to good health, but it's now clear that certain foods we eat can unmask underlying susceptibilities to cancer.
Unravelling the complex interactions between the food we eat, our genetic make-up and the environment around us is important for addressing key public health issues. Research at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Collaborative Centre for Human Nutrition Research (HNR) aims to do just this – by combining observational population-based studies and controlled dietary intervention with mechanistic research at the physiological, metabolic, cellular and genomic levels.
Chocolate manufacture is an age-old process that can be traced back to the Maya Indians. Over a thousand years later, MRI is being used to help perfect the technique.
Food safety is a growing problem. The number of reported food poisoning cases in the UK has increased in the past 25 years from 23,000 to 80,000 cases annually. There are several contributing factors such as a wider choice of ready-made meals with shorter shelf-life, as well as longer produce-shipping times and growing food intolerances.