NICHE – Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health

The Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), based in Northern Ireland, aims to solve the chronic diseases of ageing, obesity, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and cognitive decline by undertaking research on the potential impact of diet and food quality.

Key Facts

Facilities : Human Intervention Studies Unit dedicated to the carrying out of nutritional intervention trials on human volunteers with state-of-the-art analytical facilities.

The Biomedical Sciences research submission, which included nutrition research, was ranked within the top five out of 94 (source : REF14)

Research areas : Nutrition, ageing, Energy balance, food choice, education, Folate and B-vitamins, marine bioactives, microbiology, toxicology, child development, immunology, phytochemicals and gut microflora

40 staff, 35 postgrad students, 9 internships

Research topics

  • Excellence in Nutrition and Ageing
  • Energy balance, food choice and nutrition education
  • Folate and related B vitamins in health and disease
  • Marine bioactives in health and disease
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition, toxicology and child development
  • Nutritional immunology in health and disease
  • Phytochemicals and gut microflora in health and disease





Further information

Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health


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Nutrition and dietetics students


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Emeir McSorley

Research Projects

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Metabolic kitchen facility


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Human Nutrition - Health Promotion Exhibition


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