The Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle research theme of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is hosted by the MRC Epidemiology Unit and led by Prof Nick Wareham.
The overall goal of this theme established in April 2017 is to investigate the role of diet, nutrition and lifestyle in the aetiology of chronic disease and to create the foundation for the development of preventive interventions.
Our objectives are:
- To establish a co-ordinated programme for the assessment of diet, physical activity and nutrition, translating advances in methods and facilitating their application in observational studies, clinical trials, surveys and natural experimental studies
- To describe the interplay between dietary and nutritional factors and physical activity with genetic susceptibility and early life development in the aetiology of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders, coronary heart disease and stroke
- To establish a sustainable translational programme in diet, nutrition and lifestyle, linking basic science and fundamental methodological work with the development of interventions to change behaviour in patient and population groups to enhance health outcomes.
Nutrition Measurement platform
The MRC Epidemiology Unit Nutrition Measurement Platform supports local, UK international research groups and studies through collaborations and service-based delivery of measurements. We provide a coordinated platform bringing expertise in physical activity, anthropometry, dietary assessment and nutritional biomarkers.
If you are interested in our expertise and services, or wish to collaborate with us for your research, please get in touch through details on the Nutrition Measurement Platform pages.
Developing and evaluating interventions in patient groups
The new research programme on Diet and Physical Activity Interventions in Patient Populations has now been established. Current work for this programme includes dietary intervention in pre-hypertensive population group and the use of diet and physical activity measurements to improve clinical care in severely obese, transplant and cancer patients.