Nutrition, diet and lifestyle

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And how can we develop treatments or cures to help prevent or reduce their occurrence, and improve patients’ health and quality of life?

The Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle research theme is hosted by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit and led by Professor Nick Wareham.

Our research will help us to understand if individual risk factors (such as physical inactivity or poor diet) cause disease or if disease is caused by other factors, such as a person’s genetic make-up or their growth as a baby or infant.

To help us work out the links between diet, nutrition and lifestyle, we will use the latest measurement technology in genetics and biomarkers (molecules found in the body that can act as a sign of disease). We can then identify groups of patients who could benefit from personalised lifestyle recommendations.

alt=""Understanding this will help us to develop effective activities (interventions) and programmes to improve or maintain patients’ health and change lifestyle behaviours. This will help them to make a lasting contribution to translational research – in other words, research that moves (or ‘translates’) from the laboratory to the clinic where it can start to benefit patients.

As well as the research described above, this theme provides a Measurement Platform that supports local, UK international research groups and studies through collaborations and service-based delivery of measurements.