Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health

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    International Women’s Day

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    Women in Science

    Fatty Acids in Fish may Shield Brain from Mercury Damage

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    You’ll have read that we’re a top UK university for Biomedical Science research impact following the recent REF2014 exercise last month, but did you also know that our health research is benefitting the global population? New research between NICHE - Nutrition at Ulster University and UR Medicine has determined that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish may help counteract any negative effects caused by mercury.

    Dairy Council Lecture 25 year celebration

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    The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland has welcomed leading international and local nutrition experts to Ulster University to discuss some of the latest research findings on “Healthy Ageing.”

    Volunteers needed for blood pressure study

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    Do you want to find out if you have a gene associated with increased blood pressure?

    Take part in our vitamin D study and receive free milk for 6 months

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    Researchers within the School of Biomedical Sciences are seeking volunteers to participate in a 6-month study investigating the potential of a vitamin D fortified milk in increasing vitamin D intake compared to supplements.

    ALPRO FOUNDATION SYMPOSIUM: Plant-based eating: the ultimate intervention for breast cancer @ University of Ulster 22 Oct 14

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    Professor Ward wins Irish Heart Foundation Research Bursary

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    Professor Mary Ward (NICHE, University of Ulster) and Professor Anne Molloy (Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St James’s Hospital) were awarded an Irish Heart Foundation Research Bursary for their project: Blood pressure lowering effect of B-vitamins in hypertensive adults with a genetic pre-disposition to elevated blood pressure.

    Pauline Douglas nominated for UUSU Awards

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    Congratulations to Pauline Douglas for her nomination in ’Excellence in learner support’ category at the first University of Ulster Students Union Learning & Teaching Awards

    Volunteers needed for a research study into the eye and vitamin D

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    We are seeking volunteers to participate in a PhD study conducted by the Vision Science Research group at Coleraine.

    Title: The association between UV exposure, vitamin D, melatonin, dopamine and myopic (short sightedness) progression.

    Does gender influence responses to visual cues?

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    If you are a healthy individual with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 or >30, we need your help to carry out a research study entitled: Does gender influence responses to visual cues?

    Milk drinkers wanted for vitamin D study

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    If you are a healthy individual aged between 20 and 40 years, and a consumer of pasteurised cow’s milk, we need your help to carry out a research study entitled:
    Investigation of the sensory characteristics and acceptability of vitamin D3 fortified semi-skimmed milk.

    PhD Researcher Aoife Provides Food for Thought

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    The science of nutrition and its impact on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease forms the backbone of research carried out by Dublin-born Aoife Carey, who receives her doctorate from the University of Ulster this week..

    Benefits of Folic Acid in Pregnancy outlined at Dairy Council Nutrition Lecture

    Ulster Professor Delivers British Nutrition Foundation Annual Lecture

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    A leading University of Ulster scientist has delivered this year’s prestigious British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Annual Lecture.

    Professor Sean Strain, Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster, presented the lecture at the BNF’s Annual Day, which was held at the Royal College of Physicians, in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

    Entitled ‘Eating Fish for Two’, the presentation highlighted the international research being conducted by NICHE in the Republic of Seychelles and the impact it has had globally in terms of influencing nutrition policy.

    From History Graduate to Registered Dietitian

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    A University of Ulster PhD student has been named Dietetics Student of the Year in a national competition.

    Father of two, Caomhan Logue (33) from Derry Londonderry, was one of three students from across the UK to make the final cut in the Complete Nutrition competition and he collected the top prize at an awards ceremony in London.

    Volunteers needed for herbal food supplement study

    What is the Effect of Herbal Food Supplements on Bowel Function in People with Piles?

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    If you have symptoms of piles, but are otherwise healthy and aged 20 - 65 years, then we invite you to help us examine the effects of two herbal food supplements, sunflower and dittany leaf, compared to a dummy capsule.

    Ulster welcomes the Society for General Microbiology Irish Division Conference

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    The Society for General Microbiology Irish Division of the Autumn Meeting takes place at the University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus, on 29 and 30 August 2013. The theme of the meeting is gut microbes.

    Participants required for participation in PhD study

    Are you a healthy male or female aged 18-65 years? Would you like to play a role in the development of a novel method of measuring 5 commonly consumed sweeteners in urine?

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    As part of a PhD project, researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster, Coleraine are investigating the variation in the excretion of 5 commonly consumed sweeteners among healthy individuals. The study will also be used to validate a novel method of simultaneous determination of sweeteners in urine.

    Volunteers required for participation in PhD research study

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    As part of a PhD project we are investigating whether certain images can be identified as being physical activity related.
    We are seeking healthy volunteers with no known visual impairments that would affect identification of physical activity related images.

    ’Access’ for Success

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    Caomhan Logue studied an Access course at North West Regional College which helped him gain entry on to the BSc Hons Dietetics course at Ulster’s Coleraine Campus. Caomhan is now a fully qualified Dietician, studying towards a PhD.

    From Sea to Shelf Workshop - Thursday 25th July 2013

    International Development - Influencing Nutritional Policy

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    The Seychelles Child Development Study: Is it safe to eat fish during pregnancy?
    Human nutrition research at Ulster is centered in the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE), a centre of excellence set up to provide greater understanding of diet-related health issues by performing fundamental research in nutrition. Based at Coleraine campus, NICHE has been a top-ranked UK centre for human nutrition since the early 1990s. Relationships and impact of its research reach far beyond the UK, with numerous collaborations ongoing with other centers of excellence in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

    Ulster students dominate IFST Competition

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    On Thursday 30 May 2013, the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) Northern Ireland Branch held the finals of its second highly successful Student Competition in Queens University Belfast. Four of the five finalists were University of Ulster undergraduate students who conducted their research projects within NICHE.

    New research warns consumers to consider portion sizes of ’healthier’ foods

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    Foods marketed as ’healthier’ are seen by consumers as a licence to overeat and could actually lead to weight gain according to the interim results of new University of Ulster research.

    The safefood funded research, being led by Professor Barbara Livingstone, Professor of Nutrition at the University of Ulster, indicates that products with health and nutrition claims such as ’low fat’ and ’reduced fat’ may be contributing to people eating larger than recommended portions.

    Vote for Caomhan as Student of the Year!!!

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    Please vote for Caomhan Logue, 1st year PhD student who has been shortlisted for the CN Awards 2012/13. Good Luck Caomhan!

    Leading nutrition and health professionals gather in Belfast

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    Leading nutrition and health professionals gathered in Belfast recently to explore some of the latest developments in nutrition science and practice, including those in relation to milk and dairy products.

    PhD student wins prize at British Psychological Society Conference

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    NICHE PhD student, Katy Doolan received a Commendation prize for her presentation at the recent British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch Conference.

    Human Nutrition student shortlisted for Recognition Award

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    School of Biomedical Sciences students raised a very impressive £740 at the recent BIOMED FORMAL, the largest amount of money ever raised at this annual event.
    The fundraising committee was led by final year Human Nutrition student Vicky Hegan, who has been shortlisted for a Recognition Award.

    Volunteers required for participation in food portion sizes study

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    Researchers at the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health at the University of Ulster will be piloting food portion size estimation tools as part of a safefood funded research project.
    If you are aged between 18 and 64 years and currently live on the island of Ireland, we would like to invite you to participate in this study.

    Volunteers required for vitamin D study

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    Are you a healthy individual, aged 18-64 years? Was your last sun holiday before September 2012? Would you like to be part of a study to gain a better understanding of vitamin D?

    Volunteers needed to test an enriched-biscuit snack

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    NICHE researchers want to measure how well the body absorbs nutrients from a biscuit-like, honeycomb-textured snack, compared to a conventional food-supplement capsule.

    If you are:
    - healthy and aged 20 - 65 years
    - not pregnant, breastfeeding, vegan or vegetarian
    - someone who eats very little oily fish like herring, kipper, salmon, tuna steaks or trout
    - not taking supplements containing fish oil or omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) .........then why not help us test a new, nutrient-enriched crunchy snack?
    To find out if you are eligible to take part, complete a short (2 minute) questionnaire, available here
    or contact Dr Liadhan McAnena Tel: 028 7012 3539

    BodPod body composition analysis now available for the public

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