Health & Food Safety

There are many diseases and infections that people get through the food they eat, and food safety, particularly but not exclusively in less-developed countries, is a major challenge.
 

The British Nutrition Foundation Prize for outstanding achievement in nutrition has been awarded to Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

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A combination of a carbon tax on food and a tax on sugary drinks in the UK could lead to health benefits, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise up to GB£3.6 billion revenue, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

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Application deadline: 23 October 2013, 4pm

The BBSRC, in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), is looking for applications for early career research fellowships (analogous to the David Phillips fellowships scheme) in areas of science that are of strategic and scientific interest and importance to the funders.

The FSA is particularly interested in proposals which can demonstrate potential for significant leaps forward in providing the evidence needed to underpin its objective of safer food for the nation. These may be on current/new areas of interest where building research capability/capacity/new approaches would be helpful, for example:

  • on foodborne disease organisms such as Listeria, Campylobacter, VTEC, Norovirus including realising the full potential of whole genome sequencing approaches.
  • on any emerging/new issues for which a compelling case can be made

For more information please visit the BBSRC website.

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Women who always or mostly eat organic foods have the same likelihood of developing cancer as women who eat conventionally produced foods, according to a study by Oxford's Cancer Epidemiology Unit.

Kathryn Bradbury, Professor Tim Key and colleagues found no evidence that regularly eating a diet that was grown free from pesticides reduced a woman's overall risk of cancer.

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Extending NHS weight loss programs from one session per week for 12-weeks to one session per week for a year helped people who are overweight to lose more weight and keep it off for longer, according to a study published in The Lancet, and led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool and University of Oxford.

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Ajinomoto are running a $100K grant scheme to support innovative research: http://www.ajinomoto.com/en/rd/AIAP/index.html

The deadline for initial submission is 12th March.

Areas of interest:

  • Mechanism of food palatability
  • Measurement of food palatability
  • Psychological and ethnological approach to food choice
  • Technology relating to food texture and mouth feel
  • Nutritional needs, gustatory preference and activity of the aged
  • Sports science and nutrition
  • Improvement of malnutrition in the developing countries
  • Clinical OMICS and biomarkers for cancer diagnostics, personalized medicine and personalized nutrition
  • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology
  • Materials for regenerative medicine
  • Metabolic Engineering, Bioinformatics, Synthetic Biology for the Bio-based Materials
  • Next generation materials for electronic industry and functional chemicals
  • Animal nutrition, Plant nutrition, Fish nutrition
  • Research relating to the application of Amino acids
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Death rates from heart disease have more than halved in many European Union countries since the early 1980s, Oxford University researchers have found.

New research published in the European Heart Journal by members of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at the University of Oxford.

Read the Oxford University Media coverage of this story.

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  • By 2050, reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as under-nutrition
  • Three-quarters of all climate-related deaths due to changes in food production are estimated to occur in China and India

 

Read the accessible PDF here

 

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Employing unit: Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: 19 June 2015

Reference number: SF07948

Post type: Full-time, Fixed-term until 30 September 2018

Payscale: £28,695 to £38,511 per annum – please note salary is dependent on location/institution. Please consult the salary range in the local job advert for each institution.

Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

IFSTAL seeks to recruit a team of five full-time Coordinators for the ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL) Programme, one to be based in each of the consortium institutions. The positions are fixed-term contracts from mid-2015 until 30 September 2018.

The University of Reading is collecting applications for all five institutions, so to formally apply, please visit Jobs at the University of Reading – University of Reading or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

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Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP)

Call for job applicants

May 2017

Supported by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme.

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