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CENA – Centre for Excellence in Nutrition and Ageing

The role of nutrition in promoting better health and well-being in ageing.

Obesity, energy balance and food choice

Investigating the factors that affect the amount and type of food that an individual consumes.

Folate and related B vitamins in health and disease

The roles of folate and related B vitamins in health and disease.

Marine bioactives in health and disease

Research within NICHE investigates the effects of marine bioactives.


Understanding the role of microorganisms is fundamental to nutrition.

Nutrition, toxicology and child development

Research in nutrition, toxicology and child development.

Nutritional immunology in health and disease

Researchers in NICHE conduct fundamental research which assess changes in markers of immune function associated with normal physiological and pathological disease processes.

Phytochemicals and gut microbiota in health and disease

Much of our research is cross-disciplinary and we work closely with other research areas within NICHE, as well as colleagues in Ireland, Britain, Europe and beyond.

NNEdPro Global Centre

The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) and the Global Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health is an award-winning think-tank with more than a decade of experience in nutrition education, research, and innovation. Its aim is to advance and implement nutrition knowledge to improve health, wellbeing and society.


Find out more about our world-leading facilties.

Vitamin D

At the forefront of vitamin D research, NICHE's 2014 REF submissions was 'outstanding in terms of reach and significance'. Read more about our work.