Gary Frost presenting at NFN launch

The latest news and all upcoming Centre events.

Seminar: Vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of respiratory infections

Vit DThe Centre for Translational Nutrition and Food Research is proud to invite Professor Robert Wilkinson from Imperial College and Professor Adrian Martineau from Queen Mary University of London and to discuss 'Vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of respiratory infections'.   

Date: 25th June 2019

Time: 1pm - 2pm

 Venue: City and Guilds Building Lecture Theatre 640, South Kensignton Campus

Robert J Wilkinson is a Professor in Infectious Diseases at Imperial and a Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute. Much of his research is conducted at the University of Cape Town South Africa where he is an Honorary Professor of Medicine and directs that institution’s Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa. Wilkinson has contributed a number of articles on tuberculosis and HIV-associated tuberculosis. 

Adrian Martineau is Clinical Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity at Queen Mary University of London. Adrian joined Queen Mary as a lecturer in Respiratory Medicine in 2002, and established a programme of laboratory and clinical research into the immunomodulatory actions of vitamin D in tuberculosis. He received his PhD in 2010, and is currently conducting clinical trials of vitamin D supplementation to prevent respiratory infections and non-communicable diseases in the UK, South Africa and Mongolia. 

Past news and events

News: Obesity rising faster in rural areas than cities

BMIObesity is increasing more rapidly in the world’s rural areas than in cities, according to a new study of global trends in body-mass index (BMI).

The research, led by Imperial College London and published in Nature, analysed the height and weight data of more than 112 million adults across urban and rural areas of 200 countries and territories between 1985 and 2017.

Find out more on the Imperial news site.

Seminar: Gut microbiome and metabolomics approaches for nutrition and fitness research

microbiomeThe Centre for Translational Nutrition and Food Research is proud to invite Dr Orla O'Sullivan from Teagasc Food Research Centre and Dr Isabel Garcia Perez from Imperial College to discuss the influence of diet and fitness on the human gut microbiome.

Date: 9 May 2019

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 

Venue: City and Guilds Builiding Lecture Theatre 640

Campus: South Kensington Campus

Dr. Orla O’Sullivan is a computational biologist at Teagasc Food Research Centre and a senior investigator with APC Microbiome Ireland.  Her research focuses on elucidating the microbiome from various environments including human gut and lung, rumen and food. Of particular interest to her is the role of physical fitness and diet on the human gut microbiome both in healthy and diseased cohorts.

Dr. Isabel Garcia Perez is a Lecturer in Precision and Systems Medicine, in the Department of Surgey and Cancer at Imperial College London and NIHR Research FellowIsabel is an expert in analytical chemistry and metabolic profiling and has developed clinical trial methods for nutritional and exercise studies. Her main passion is the development of tools for monitoring individuals and their response to diet and lifestyle interventions.


News: Managing severe malnutrition: It takes more than calories

Beans in handScientists from Imperial and beyond discuss the latest research and developments on the management of severe malnutrition.

Find out more on the Imperial news site.

News: Researcher urges food industry to reduce salt in food

Prof Paul ElliottThe food industry must do more to lower the amount of salt in their products in order to tackle high blood pressure, says an Imperial expert.

Professor Paul Elliott, Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at Imperial College London, talked about his work on how salt contributes to raised blood pressure, and strategies to tackle high salt consumption, at the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) seminar. He was joined by Professor Neil Poulter, Honorary Consultant Physician at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor of Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine at the College, who talked about his work on raising awareness of the impact of raised blood pressure.

Find out more on the Imperial news site.

News: Pre-announcement: Call for Industry-led Innovations to Tackle Childhood Obesity

The STOP Consortium, in collaboration with EIT Health and EIT Food, will launch a call for industry-led projects aimed at developing innovations that have the potential to curb childhood obesity in Europe, either by making critical improvements in the food environments faced by children and their families, or by increasing children’s fitness and physical activity. The call will be launched by the end of April 2019. 

Download the full document here.

News: Imperial researchers call for urgent action to tackle obesity epidemic


Woman chopping vegetablesThere 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.

Find out more about this story on the Imperial news site.

News: DNA test and phone app to ‘nudge’ Waitrose shoppers towards healthier food

Phone in supermarketA 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.

Find out more about this story on the Imperial news site.

News: Could personalised 'food passports’ help to boost health and tackle obesity?

Personalised dietCombining 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.

Find out more about this story on the Imperial news site.

News: Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women

Top imageGirls 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.

Find out more about this story on the Imperial news site.

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.

Everyone welcome


  • 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

White City

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

Launch event

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.