Nutrition plays an important role in shaping health from pre-conception to old age: our remit is to contribute to the evidence base for dietary policy at key life-stages. Thus, we aim to understand the links between diet and physiology at a mechanistic level and in the context of the social influences driving dietary habits.
The findings are translated and tested in real-life interventions appropriate for life-stage. This requires a better understanding of the complexity of dietary behaviour and the environmental impact of dietary choices to achieve dietary goals against a background of diverse social circumstances.
Nutrition is at the heart of what we do, and the multidisciplinary team involves staff with expertise in the biological sciences (whole-animal physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology), social sciences (health psychology, sociology) and natural sciences (land use, climate change) underpinned by statistical modelling.