NICHE – Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health

Working to solve chronic diseases by researching the impact of diet and food quality.

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.

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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


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Research Projects

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Current Research Activities

The D-VinCHI Study: Vitamin D status in school children

  Register by 30th Apr 2020

Are you interested in your child’s vitamin D health? Would you and your child want to take part in exciting research?

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Public Knowledge and Perceptions of Palliative Care

  Register by 14th Jun 2020

Jamie McNulty from the School of Psychology, is conducting a survey into people’s Knowledge and Perceptions of Palliative Care, as part of her MSc in Health Psychology, supervised by Dr Lynn Dunwoody.

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