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Research grants and contracts March 2013 – University of Reading

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Research grants and contracts March 2013

The total amount of money awarded in research grants and contracts in March was £1,934,754. The grants awarded ranged from £3,500 to £783,827, and this money came from a number of national and international sources including the European Commission, UK Government, research councils, industry and charitable trusts.

Professor Julie Lovegrove from the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) received £783,827 from the Medical Research Council for a project entitled 'Reducing cardiovascular disease risk through sustainable replacement of saturated fatty acids in milk and dairy products'

A key Government recommendation to reduce heart disease, a major cause of death globally, is to reduce dietary saturated fat intake. Milk and dairy foods are one of the largest sources of saturated fat, and reducing their consumption is a recommendation to lower saturated fat intake. However milk is not only an important food providing essential nutrients, but evidence shows that increased consumption is linked to lower blood pressure and reduced incidence of heart disease. Thus simply reducing milk intake to lower saturated fat consumption may be counter-productive. This study aims to produce and test healthier milk and dairy foods for prevention of disease.

As part of the research, milk with reduced saturates and increased monounsaturates will be produced by altering the diets of dairy cows. This will then be used to make low saturate cheese and butter. The modified milk, cheese and butter will be compared with conventional dairy products in relation to heart disease risk reduction. Any benefits identified from this study will help to inform public health policy on optimum dietary strategies to prevent or delay the onset of heart disease.

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