Advancing and undertaking the measurement of diet in different populations and study settings
Team lead and contact
About the team
Our team has extensive expertise in dietary assessment, formed by consolidating capabilities from across the MRC Epidemiology Unit, the EPIC-Norfolk study and the former MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory.
We support local, UK and international research groups and studies through collaborations and service-based delivery of measurements.
Our objectives are to:
- Adapt, update, develop and maintain dietary assessment instruments for application, ensuring methods are fit-for-purpose
- Evaluate and validate application and method development
- Facilitate independent access to methodologies, instruments and resources by ensuring comprehensive documentation, guidance and toolkits are available; and by provisioning access to standardised instruments and resources for research, clinical and education purposes.
A large part of our work involves the development, maintenance and delivery of Intake24 an open source online 24-hour dietary recall tool, initially developed by Newcastle University.
We have led the implementation of Intake24 in the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), this method change includes a detailed evaluation of the tools performance in the survey. The choice of this tool was the result of a detailed review of automated dietary assessment tools that was completed by our team.
Our goal is to support and enable the wider use and application of Intake24 by researchers in a range of studies and settings in the UK and internationally.
Our expertise and services
If you are interested in working with us, please contact Polly.Page@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk
- Access to dietary assessment tools
- Input into novel or innovative approaches in dietary assessment with a specific focus on development of Intake24 including application in new populations and settings
- Advice on the appropriate use and access to food composition data, alongside maintaining, updating and developing new approaches to managing food composition, including deriving new dietary variables for use in research. (Our team maintains and updates the UK Nutrient Databank in conjunction with Public Health England/ Food Standards Agency)
- Input into study protocols, guidance on the use of appropriate dietary assessment tools and methods for different populations and study settings and best practice in dietary data collection, training and quality assurance (QA)
- Services across the dietary data life-cycle: data collection, diet record and recall coding, processing, dietary data analysis and interpretation.
Previous team members