Human Nutrition Research Centre


About Us

Our goal is to undertake research which will underpin healthier dietary choices.

There is huge public interest in food and nutrition and their links with health. 

Find out about our exciting research projects, and our weekly seminar programme.

Much of our research involves human volunteers. If you're interested in helping with this research, find out about becoming a volunteer.


The Human Nutrition Research Centre (HNRC) was established in 1994 as a multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty research centre. The remit was to undertake research into the links between nutrition and health. In particular, we research interventions which could reduce the risk of common non-communicable diseases and improve public health.

This continues to be our aim. Over the past 15 years we have expanded our research approaches to take advantage of emerging technologies such as those in nutrigenomics. We have major interests in interactions between diet and the genome.

Innovative methodology is a major building block for all research. We have researched new tools for the measurement of dietary intake. These are appropriate for different population groups, from the youngest young to the oldest old.

HNRC staff play a significant role in nutrition research and policy development at national and international levels.

In 2008, we were re-designated as a University Research Centre.