A unique public-private partnership between three research councils and 15 food and drink companies has launched £4m of research projects with the aim of improving scientific understanding of the key issues linking diet and health so that food companies can address obesity, heart disease, anaemia and other health problems to the benefit of the consumer.
Funding has been awarded to university and institute scientists across the UK to investigate three main areas:
Dr Doug Yarrow, BBSRC's Director of Corporate Science, said: "The funding of these projects by DRINC represents an open and transparent collaboration between publicly funded science and the food industry. This work will ensure that the food industry can access the best of UK science to address some of the most important health issues faced by the UK today."
Dr Alistair Penman, Chair of the DRINC awarding panel and independent consultant, said: "The projects funded by this partnership represent both world-class science, with some of the best diet and health researchers in the UK involved, and relevant science that we think will make a real, beneficial difference to the way we eat and the health of people in the UK."
Among the highlights are:
Do you think more diet health research is needed? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)
"I dont think more health research is necessary. Individuals need to know the type of diet that is good for him/her and to avoid those that when you take it prompts to gain more fats." - Maryam Omitogun, Consort Road Clinic
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