The Human Nutrition Unit

The Human Nutrition Unit (HNU) facilitates the conduct of nutrition intervention studies in a professional and friendly environment.

Lead scientist: Linda Harvey

Studies are coordinated safely and efficiently in accordance with ICH-GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation – Good Clinical Practice), the Human Tissue Act 2004, and ISO9001.

The HNU has a variable complement of registered general nurses coordinated by a full time senior research nurse. Advice on clinical procedures and data is provided by the HNU medical advisor (a local GP).


The HNU has the following facilities:

  • A medical room with facilities for phlebotomy, cannulation and other clinical procedures.
  • A comfortable lounge with TV and DVD facilities.
  • A dining area for providing study specific test meals, light refreshments for participants, or breakfast following overnight fasts.
  • A diet kitchen for the preparation of meals.
  • Food storage facilities including a dry food store, a -40°C walk-in freezer, and a range of -20°C freezers and fridges.
  • A laboratory (with centrifuges) for the immediate processing of biological samples.
  • 5 interview rooms with associated anthropometry equipment.


The following services are available

  • Advice on study design, protocol development, and submission to research governance and ethics committees
  • Clinical procedures e.g. phlebotomy, cannulations, vaccinations and intravenous administration
  • Training in all study related issues
  • Statistical support via the IFR Analytical Sciences Unit
  • Assistance with recruitment 

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