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Nutrition research: taking a broader view

The UK Nutrition Research Partnership for health and disease aims to take nutrition research to the next level by building up a strong research base. On the day of the first partnership meeting, Chair Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, Director of the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit at the University of Cambridge, explains why nutrition matters to you and your research area.

Image credit: University of Cambridge

The food we eat has a huge impact on our bodies. One of the key conclusions of last year’s review of nutrition and human health research in the UK was that we need to gain a deeper insight into how changes in diet affect our health.

We also need more accurate information about how we might better use nutrition to prevent and treat certain important diseases. The UK Nutrition Research Partnership is focused on strengthening the UK science base in basic and translational nutritional research.

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Finding the obesity ‘off switch’

Last week an international group of basic scientists and clinicians released results showing evidence of an epigenetic switch in mammals that controls obesity.  Dr Tony Coll at the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit explains why this is just the beginning of an exciting exploration of the role played by epigenetic factors in complex human diseases.

Who am I not? Cell video abstracts. Cell January 28, 2016 (Vol. 164, Issue 3)

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