Food: The Future Medicine, a recent conference organised by the College of Medicine, stimulated recognition and debate about how food can be an important means of preventing disease as well as an important adjunct to medicine when we are ill. Key speakers came from across the worlds of research, food production, retail and medicine,. Professor Ian Givens, Director of the IFNH, contributed to the debate on whether dairy products are good or bad for us and raised the question of the advice that should be given to patients on eating these foods. Being part of such leading debate and discussion is a critical role for the IFNH, both to share and exchange experience and insights as well as to foster collaborations with like-minded individuals and organisations.