The Quadram Institute is the name of the new centre for food and health research to be located at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in food, health and environmental sciences. The new £81.6m facility to house the Quadram Institute and is expected to open in 2018.
The new world leading centre for food and health research will bring together the Institute of Food Research, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals’ regional gastrointestinal endoscopy facility and aspects of the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School and the Faculty of Science.
Due to population expansion combined with people living longer and the need to screen a broader age range for diagnostic and potential preventative reasons the NNUH will be doubling its capacity for bowel screening.
The dedicated unit and world leading research facilities will be located in the Quadram Institute. The Quadram Institute’s mission will be to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease. The concept for the institute is to enable a step-change in food and health science research by providing new insights and accelerating innovation that will deliver new foods and treatments as well as proactive health and lifestyle interventions, for the benefit of society and the bio-economy.
Its creation underlines the collaboration of the four founding partners and reflects its strategy to work across four research themes: the gut and the microbiome (the gut flora); healthy ageing; food innovation; and food safety. These research themes will link closely to the world-class plant and crop research at the John Innes Centre and bioinformatics at The Genome Analysis Centre, both also located at the Norwich Research Park, creating a powerful plant-food-health pathway to deliver clinically-validated strategies to improve human nutrition, health and wellbeing. The Quadram Institute will work closely with the food industry, healthcare and allied sectors to transfer its scientific knowledge into practice.