Translational Centre

Contact: Strain Sean
Phone: +44 287 012 47 95
Description:

Nutrition research has formed a significant part of the University’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) submission in Biomedical Sciences since 1989. The Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE) has been ranked 1st in the UK in the RAE of 1996 and 2001, and in the last RAE in 2008 NICHE was ranked 1st in research power.
Human nutrition research at the University of Ulster is conducted in NICHE, a centre of excellence officially set up with EU structural funds in 1996 to provide greater understanding of diet-related health issues.
NICHE has 27 academic, 4 technical and 15 research staff, as well as over 20 postgraduate research students.
The aim of NICHE is:
- To understand diet related health issues by performing fundamental research in nutrition & investigate the relationship between diet & chronic disease.

Cognitive function
YES
Exercise capacity
YES
Metabolic and ventilator response to exercise
YES
Physical activity monitoring
YES
Cardiovascular exploration
YES
Muscle function
YES
Liver
NO
Muscle
NO
Adipose
NO
Gut
NO
Lung
NO
DEXA
YES
Bod Pod
YES
Fibroscan liver investigation
NO
Pea Pod
NO
Impedancemetry
YES
CT
NO
Ultrasound
NO
MRI
NO
Stable isotope tracers
NO
Skinfolds
YES
Test meal
YES
Dedicated kitchen
YES
Indirect calorimetry
YES
Double labelled water
YES
Calorimetric chambers
NO
Faecal analysis
YES
Clamp studies
NO
Immunology
YES
Genetics
YES
Genomics
YES
Metagenomics
YES
Biochemistry
YES
Histology
NO
Mass spectrometry
YES
Cell culture
YES
Animal models
NO
Proteomics
YES
Metabolomics
YES
Substrate turnover
NO
Nutrient biodisponiblity
NO
Obese
YES
Cardiovascular
YES
Chronic respiratory disease
YES
Malnutrition
NO
Mental disease
YES
Metabolic syndrome
YES
Gastrointestinal disease
YES
Other disease
YES
inflammatory/ autoimmune diseases
Ageing
YES
osteoporosis, hypertension
Orthopaedic
YES
Cancer
NO
Healthy
YES
>3 yrs
Paediatric
YES
Diabetic
YES
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