Human Nutrition Research Centre



The major public health priorities of the 21st century are obesity and ageing.

Diet plays a significant role in the development of obesity. Food choices modulate the ageing trajectory.

Our strategy is to focus our research in these, and related, areas of high public health significance. This includes the prevention of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and colon cancer.

Research themes

The three research themes within the HNRC are:

Much of our research is multi-disciplinary and in many cases we take a life-course approach. Our research ranges from basic and cellular mechanisms to the development of dietary interventions for maintenance of health and wellbeing.

In 2014 the HNRC celebrated 20 years at Newcastle University. Senior Researchers in the HNRC produced an article that summarised Twenty years of research in the Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University, 1994-2014 which was published in the BNF, Nutrition Bulletin [Mathers, J.C., Hill, T.R., Foster, E., Adamson, A.J., Valentine, R. and Rugg-Gunn , A.J. (2014), Nutrition Bulletin, 36(3), pp. 266-275  []