IFR is one of eight institutes that receive strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
IFR science aims to meet the challenges of supplying safe, nutritious food that promotes healthy ageing now and in the future. IFR provides underpinning science for government and the food manufacturing industry.
Our science strategy aims to understand the working of the intestinal tract, how food-borne bacteria can cause human disease, and how the chemical and physical nature of our food influences health and can add value to the food chain. We have strategic relationships with other BBSRC institutes, the University of East Anglia and Imperial College, London.
An independent report on the impact of the IFR has shown that every £1 invested in IFR delivers £8 in benefits to the UK economy. In generating this report, Brookdale Consulting have looked at a number of IFR projects that have had, or will have, significant impacts on both the health of the nation and on its economic strength.
Director - Professor David Boxer
David Boxer, formerly The University of Dundee's Vice-Principal for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Microbial Biochemistry, became Director of the Institute of Food Research and Professor of Microbial Metabolism at the University of East Anglia on 23rd March 2009 in succession to Professor David White.
Professor Boxer has extensive experience in university management and in research, having held a number of positions at Dundee including Dean of Science and Engineering and Chairman of the Biochemistry Department. The directorship of IFR is a joint appointment between the University of East Anglia and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
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