Projects


The Food Nutrition R&D Company

2013-2018:


Pivotal assessment of the effects of bioactives on health and well being from human genoma to food industry, PATHWAY.
The project seeks to improve the diverse scientific understanding of the role and mechanisms of bioactive compounds [docosahexaenoic acid, DHA; β-glucan and anthocyanins], in influencing human health. It addresses their real and practical use in everyday diets, moving beyond the theoretical status typically derived from research. Initially, dairy, bakery and egg products will be developed through a partnership involving life/social scientists and high tech/food processing SMEs.

2011-14:


To develop new and affordable food products that can help preventing nutritional problems in people at risk of poverty in Europe, CHANCE.
The aim is to develop a new multidisciplinary approach leading to nutritional strategies for preventing malnutrition in population groups at risk of poverty in Europe by developing attractive, affordable and nutritious food products using low-cost technologies and traditional ingredients.

2010-12:


European Food Information Network, EuroFIR-NEXUS.
This supplementary funding was to further integrate/refine the EuroFIR Food Platform, to improve/support the ways research is undertaken into relationships between food, diet and health in Europe. The main focus was to improve the application of validated food data and tools for pan European nutrition studies and networks, and implement and promote the use of standards and best practice.

2010-13:


Food related health inequalities among Indians living in the UK and India.
The project brought together researchers and food industry representatives in India and UK to identify the dietary factors contributing to health inequalities, including diabetes and allergies.

2009-10:


Coumarin composition of cinnamon containing foods and drinks and its dietary exposure among general and ethnic population.
This research analyse dcoumarin levels in order to assess the dietary exposure of UK population from foods and drinks, and to provide scientific evidence-based regarding the safety levels and risk of excess consumption in main stream and ethnic populations in the UK.

2006-7:


Nutritional composition of South Asian Foods.
This work obtained new and reliable analytical data on 45 nutrients and non nutrients, and developed methods for identifying and prioritising ethnic food stuffs for representative sampling and analysis using accredited methods leading to inclusion in UK database.

2005-2010:


European Food Information Network
One of the main objectives was to develop an unique single online European platform containing up-to-date food composition data from across the continent. This project resulted in the establishment of a longer term sustainable platform through the creation of a non profit international association, EuroFIR AISBL. This is based in Brussels, includes 42 of the original 48 EuroFIR partners, and has the aim of supporting and promoting the development, management, publication and application of food composition data through international cooperation and harmonization.

1999-2001:


Critical assessment of eating practices and recommendation for dietary assessment methods for minority ethnic groups in the UK.
This desktop study was essential for FSA to develop specific methodologies in order to include the results of surveys of minority groups to be included along side that of the main stream population within the UK’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey.

1994-95:


Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship was a jointly funded by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and European Commission.
The aim of this research project was to develop a robust ELISA methodsfor detection of β-ODAP, a neurotoxin in Lathyrus sativus (Keshari Dal),
this study was focused on raising polyclonal antibodies to this neurotoxin and develop an assay for its presence in legume grains contaminated with L. sativus. Such contamination was common in legume products in Asia.