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 food and nutrition 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)


Nutrition Research at Ulster - from early life to nutrition and ageing


40 staff, 35 postgrad students, 9 internships

Research Programmes

  • Excellence in Nutrition and Ageing
  • Obesity, energy balance and food choice
  • 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 Programmes

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Current Research Activities

The Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) 2.0 Study

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Quantifying the Impact of Modern Lifestyles on Children’s Eye Health Study.

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