The University of Reading is an established and highly successful research-led University, consistently ranked among the top 15 Universities in the UK and top 150 in the World, in terms of research excellence. The University is developing a multi-disciplinary science programme that is focused on a long term vision that will also generate short- to medium term benefits. One area of research focus is Food Chain and Health With increasing obesity and an increasingly ageing population there is greater prevalence of chronic disease. Increasingly, there is recognition that the 21st century health model will comprise both preventative life style and therapeutic entities, with diet playing a central role. It is feasible to identify particular food ingredients that may exert beneficial properties and we propose to investigate this by underpinning the research with mechanisms of effect. An effective approach requires the co-ordination of expertise across agriculture, animal and plant sciences, economics, food policy, bioscience, food science and nutrition and consumer choice.
The Animal Science Research Group within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development has the mission statement 'research into animal-derived food products that make a positive contribution to human nutrition and are conducive to long-term health produced in a welfare friendly way while minimising production and environmental costs' A key component of the research focuses on the role of animal derived foods in human health and how these foods may be modified to improve their ‘health’ value.
Scientist involved in COST Action Feed for Health: Ian Givens