News and events
The latest news and all upcoming Network events.
Imperial researchers call for urgent action to tackle obesity epidemic
There is an urgent need for new dietary approaches and treatments to tackle the global health crisis of obesity in children and adults say experts.
The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016 and experts say that more needs to be done to make healthy, nutritious food more available at home and school, especially in poor families and communities. Regulations and taxes to protect children from unhealthy foods are also needed.
Past news and events items
News: DNA test and phone app to ‘nudge’ Waitrose shoppers towards healthier food
A new app, developed by Imperial start-up DnaNudge, will use shoppers’ DNA to help them make healthier choices while food shopping.
In the first study of its kind, researchers at Imperial College London will study the effects of DNA-personalised food choices on health outcomes for people with pre-diabetes.
News: Could personalised 'food passports’ help to boost health and tackle obesity?
Combining AI technology, personal data and culinary know-how could help to keep the population healthier for longer.
In a concept which brings a bit of science fiction to the dining table, researchers at Imperial are investigating how incorporating data from our genome with how we perceive the food we eat could lead to more personalised meals, which could also help to tackle climbing rates of chronic conditions like obesity, cancer and diabetes.
News: Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women
Girls who start puberty earlier are more likely to be overweight as adults, finds new research from Imperial College London.
The researchers say their findings, published today in the International Journal of Obesity, strengthen existing evidence of a link between the onset of puberty and a woman’s body mass in adulthood.
Previous studies have established a link between obesity and puberty, with increased body weight known to be a risk factor for girls starting puberty earlier.
However, these observational findings can be influenced by situational factors, such as ethnicity, economic background, education level, and diet, making it difficult to determine whether early puberty or these other factors are the cause.
Seminar: New understanding around nutrition, inflammation and metabolism
The Nutrition and Food Network is proud to invite Professor Helen Roche from University College Dublin (UCD) and Dr Kevin Woollard from Imperial College to discuss the effect of inflammation and metabolism on nutrition.
Date: 20 April 2018
Time: 12.00 - 14.30
Venue: Lecture Theatre 3, Wolfson
Campus: Hammersmith Campus
Professor Roche is the Associate Professor of Nutrigenomics based at the Conway Institute, UCD in Ireland within the Food & Health Theme. She established the first Nutrigenomics research group in Ireland, at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Kevin Woollard is the group leader in the Renal and Vascular Inflammation Section, Department of Medicine at Imperial College. His interests are in understanding monocyte biology during vascular inflammation, particularly their contribution to cardiovascular and kidney disease.
The seminar is chaired by Professor Gary Frost (Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics).
Light refreshments will be provided prior to the seminar with an opportunity to meet the speakers.
- 12:00 - Welcome lunch in the the Wolfson Resturant, Commonwealth building
- 12:30 - Welcome from Gary Frost
- 12:35 - Professor Helen Roche on 'Nutritional modulation of metabolic-inflammation', followed by Q&A
- 01:30 - Dr Kevin Woollard on 'Lipids and lipaemia can modulate monocyte activity', followed by Q&A
Davos: Imperial academics present food solutions to world leaders
Imperial academics from the NFN joined global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss innovative ideas around nutrition and food production. Professor Gary Frost, Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr Marisa Miraldo Associate, Associate Professor in Health Economics and Dr Laura Barter, Director of AGRI-net and the Agri-Future Lab discussed how science and technology can play a key role in solving global challenges.
Read more about this year's World Economic Forum, which focused on "Creating a shared future in a fractured world".
Read more about the research carried out by a some of the members of NFN and how we are working together to solve global challenges.
Symposium: New Tools In Molecular Nutrition
The Nutrition and Food Network is proud to announce the first of a series of symposiums in Nutrition and Food to be held at the new White City Campus on Friday 16th March. This half-day symposium brings together experts from Medicine and Chemistry who will discuss what future holds for us in the field of Molecular Nutrition.
- Dr Aylin Hanyaloglu Senior Lecturer and Research Team Lead of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) Signalling Group will talk about new techniques and understanding in G-protein coupled receptor physiology.
- Dr Filipe Cabreiro Principal Investigator of the Cabreiro Lab from UCL will be exploring 4-way drug-nutrient-microbe-host interactions using C-elegan and how understanding these interactions can improve human health.
- Dr Katia Karalis from Emulate Inc., Boston will talk about new advances in organ-on-a-chip technology and how this technology could be used for precision medicine and personalised health.
- Prof Zoltan Takats Professor of Analytical Chemistry as pursued pioneering research in mass spectrometry and he is one of the founders of the field of Ambient Mass Spectrometry and he will discuss new techniques for tracking metabolism.
Full details can be found on the Faculty of Medicine Events page.
Registration is open from 09.00. A light lunch will be provided following the talks with an opportunity to meet the speakers.
Staff and students from Imperial College are welcome and all attendees must register on Eventbrite in advance.
Seminar: How well targeted are soda taxes?
In collaboration with the NFN the Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation is proud to invite Professor Rachel Griffith from the University of Manchester who will be discussing soda taxes and their effectiveness in reducing excess sugar intake.
Soda taxes aim to reduce excessive sugar consumption. Their effectiveness depends on whether they target individuals for whom the harm of consumption is largest. We estimate demand and account for supply-side equilibrium pass-through. We exploit longitudinal data to estimate individual preferences, which allows flexible heterogeneity that we relate to a wide array of individual characteristics. We show that soda taxes are effective at targeting young consumers but not individuals with high total dietary sugar; they impose the highest monetary cost on poorer individuals but are unlikely to be strongly regressive if we account for averted future costs from over-consumption.
Location: LG19A, Imperial College Business School, South Kensington
Date: 20 February 2018 15:00 to 16:00
Refreshments will be provided.
For enquiries, please contact Dr Jack Olney
Launch of the Nutrition and Food Network - September 2017
Imperial College is proud to announce the launch of the Network of Excellence in Nutrition and Food (NFN). The launch of the Network was attended by staff from across the Faculties of Medicine, Life Sciences, Engineering and the Business School. The Network aims to tackle some of the major health issues the world is facing relating to food and nutrition by drawing on the expertise of researchers making the College a beacon for nutrition and food research.
The Network is about bringing people from diverse backgrounds to focus on ever-increasing burdening problems associated with food, nutrition and health. Although people have been working in the space of Nutrition for many years, Imperial is not overtly known for this and the Network aims to facilitate innovation within Network and highlight this work in a given space so that we have a window that the rest of the world can see – Imperial plays an important role in nutritional discovery.