2014 Archive

31 March 2014

Crowdsourcing raises vital funds for ME research

Patients living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) have raised £100,000 to allow new research into the misunderstood condition to take place at the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia.

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24 February 2014

New funding to understand how beneficial bacteria break down carbohydrate

Dr Nathalie Juge has received just under £490,000 to work out at the molecular level how the beneficial bacteria in our guts break down insoluble dietary carbohydrate and host glycans – carbohydrates associated with proteins in the mucus layer that lines the gut.

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21 February 2014

You're only human, right? IFR public lecture

You're only human, right? Well, actually no, you're more bacteria than human. During National Science & Engineering week in March, the IFR is holding a free public lecture on probiotics and the microbes that live in our guts that are so vital to our health. Find out more about the trillions of bacteria that call our bodies home at this free public lecture by world leading probiotics expert Professor Gregor Reid of the Canadian Research & Development Centre for Probiotics.

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13 February 2014

How bacteria communicate with us to build a special relationship

Communication is vital to any successful relationship. Researchers from the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia have discovered how the beneficial bacteria in our guts communicate with our own cells.This is a key step in understanding how our bodies maintain a close relationship with the population of gut bacteria that plays crucial roles in maintaining our health, fighting infection and digesting our food.

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11 February 2014

New insights into how our guts fight off invaders

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research and the University of Leeds have uncovered a mechanism our bodies use to fight off invading bacteria like Salmonella. It may also help to maintain the balance of good bacteria in our gut.

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5 February 2014

Evolutionary approach to tackling Salmonella

The Institute of Food Research is pleased to welcome Dr Rob Kingsley as a new research leader in its Gut Health and Food Safety programme. Rob’s interests are in understanding how bacteria interact with the host, how they move through the food chain and how they cause disease.

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4 February 2014

Let the Institute of Food Research take you on an Incredible Journey at The Big Bang Fair

There’s an incredible journey that’s taken several times each day. It’s only 9 metres long, but without it we wouldn’t survive. It’s a journey that involves a cast of trillions, locked in a constant battle to keep out invaders whilst performing vital tasks that provide the fuel for our daily lives.

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22 January 2014

How gut bacteria stick around to help keep us healthy

Understanding the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining our health needs a full understanding of exactly how these bacteria bind to their hosts. In particular, there is much interest in how bacteria proteins called adhesins associate with proteins in the mucus layer.

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9 January 2014

Reducing sugar in foods

At the Institute of Food Research, we are developing new ways of reducing the overall fat content of foods without increasing the sugar content to compensate.

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