News stories about poor diets, the associated health issues and the resulting pressures on our national health care systems are never far from the headlines. Climate change and the impacts this is having and will continue to have on our weather systems, soils, food production and human health is also a major challenge.
Professor Chris Reynolds and Dr Dave Humphries hosted an EIT Food funded SeaCH4NGE project meeting at the Centre for Dairy Research. The aim of the SeaCH4NGE project is to investigate the potential of different forms of seaweed as feed supplements to reduce methane production by cattle with the secondary aim to study the effect on animal welfare and product quality.
Professor Julie Lovegrove, Director of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition at the University of Reading and President of the Nutrition Society recently attended the Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetics Society 1st International Conference on NCDs opened by the President of Pakistan, His Excellency Arif Alvi.
We are very pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed today, 14th November between the IFNH and ICRISAT (International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics).
This new partnership will facilitate collaborative research focused on tackling how crops will provide a healthy and sustainable diet for future generations that face multiple challenges including climate change and growing worldwide obesity.
Please see the press release http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR830792.aspx
After another successful year of activity, the IFNH recently celebrated its 2nd annual Forum. The events theme of ‘Influencing Behaviour Change’ focused on research and development activities the University and partners are undertaking to address the challenge on making improvements to aspects of our food and health systems with the ambition of enhancing nutrition, food security, sustainability and human health.
Food4Health is a collaboration between EIT Health and EIT Food. The two networks have come together to develop a joint strategy, build a shared portfolio in the overarching area of food for health and engage their respective partners in combined activities.
Project teams have now been confirmed and as of 1 September 2019, the two Food4Health projects – STOP MetSyn and MuscleCancer – have officially started. These projects aim to address specific health challenges faced by both consumers and patients through the development of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle intervention programmes.
We’re pleased to announce the University’s first project to receive investment funding from Ceres. Paul Hadley (APD) and Fred Davis (Chemistry), in partnership with Simon Pearson at the University of Lincoln, have been awarded funding to deliver an innovative project to develop novel plastic film cladding materials for horticultural poly-tunnels.
You’ve not got long left to apply for a free online course: “Trust in Our Food: Understanding Food Supply Systems“
After a successful first run, the EIT Food funded “Trust in Our Food” MOOC will run for a second time on the 24th June 2019.