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Food Chain and Health – University of Reading

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Food Chain and Health

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Chronic diseases including heart disease, Type II diabetes, many cancers, acute and chronic gut disorders and some dementias are a major and growing societal and financial concern.

An increasingly ageing population means there is greater prevalence of chronic disease. Pharmaceuticals have made an enormous impact on the treatment and prevention of disease during the 20th century. However, increasingly, there is recognition that the 21st century health model will comprise both preventative life style and therapeutic entities, with diet playing a central role. It is feasible to identify particular food ingredients that may exert beneficial properties and we propose to investigate this by underpinning the research with mechanisms of effect.

An effective approach requires the co-ordination of expertise across agriculture, animal and plant sciences, economics, food policy, bioscience, food science and nutrition and consumer choice.

The University of Reading is developing a multi-disciplinary science programme that is focused on a long term vision that will also generate short- to medium term benefits.

Schools currently involved:

  • Animal and Microbial Sciences
  • Agriculture, Policy and Development
  • Archaeology
  • BioCentre
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Plant Sciences
  • Psychology

Current cross-disciplinary research and contact:

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