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Paul Finglas

Research Leader

Contact Details:

Institute of Food Research,
Norwich Research Park,
Colney, Norwich,
NR4 7UA
UK
paul.finglas@ifr.ac.uk

Research interests

1. EuroFIR Director - responsible for the overall delivery of this NoE to the Commission including further development and exploitation of specific outputs including databank systems and software to deliver food composition information (including labelling) to a variety of users including industry, consumers and regulators.

2. Development and management of the UK food composition database and related activities in close co-operation with the food standards agency and other stakeholders.

3. To understand the mechanisms by which natural dietary folates and folic acid, consumed as part of the diet, contribute to the maintenance and promotion of health.  To provide the evidence to underpin re-evaluation of folate requirements, and dietary advice to promote optimal health and aging.

News articles

Beneficial effects of dietary bioactive peptides and polyphenols on cardiovascular health in humans (BACCHUS)
12 Dec 2012
BACCHUSlogo_squarePaul Kroon and Paul Finglas from the Institute of Food Research are leading a new collaborative project called BACCHUS, funded by the European Commission, that will help small businesses develop robust scientific evidence to back up health claims for new, innovative food and drink products that will help improve cardiovascular health. In past years, we have […] Read full story

National Scientific Treasures in Norwich
11 Oct 2012
IFR in the City eventIn May, as part of a £250 Million strategic investment in UK bioscience, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council announced funding for 14 key national capabilities, three of which are located at the Institute of Food Research. Two of these are databases collating information on food composition (Food Databanks) and predictive microbiology (ComBase), and the other […] Read full story

Independent researchers find nutritional improvements in eggs
19 Jul 2012
British eggs contain double the selenium of 30 years ago, according to a new study led by the Institute of Food Research’s Food Databanks National Capability. They also contain 75% more vitamin D, 20% less fat and more than 10% less cholesterol compared with data from previous surveys. “Eggs are a valuable component of a […] Read full story

EU project to harmonise total diet studies for risk assessment and health monitoring
20 Mar 2012
TDS-Exposure kick-off meetingIFR is contributing to a new EU project, TDS-Exposure,  that is aiming to improve and standardise the monitoring of our exposure to contaminants and other food components in our diet. These will be based on Total Diet Studies, which assess the contamination of food in the diet as a whole, rather than of raw ingredients, and […] Read full story

Plant Food Supplement science and regulation meet up in Brussels
19 Oct 2011
Regulators from 19 European countries, plus China and the US, recently met with partners from an EU project which is aiming to foster the safe use of plant-derived food supplements. The meeting with the project partners of PlantLIBRA (PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment) covered outcomes and strategies to tackle priorities in […] Read full story

IFR to host international food composition and sustainable diets conference
13 Sep 2011
The Institute of Food Research is hosting a three day international conference, from 14th-16th September, on food composition and sustainability diets, bringing together 170 experts from 50 different countries to exchange ideas and opinions on the latest developments in the field. The aim of this will be to extend a scientific definition of what a […] Read full story

Selected Publications

Wright A. J. A., Dainty J. R., Finglas P. M. (2007)
Folic acid metabolism in humans revisited: potential implications for proposed mandatory folic acid fortification in the UK
British Journal of Nutrition 98 667-675
DOI:10.1017/S0007114507777140

Recent Publications

Sanchez-Silva A., Albuquerque T., Finglas P. M., Ribeiro T., Valente A., Vasilopoulou E., Trichopoulou A., Alexieva I., Boyko N., Costea C. E., Hayran O., Jorjadze M., Kaprelyants L., Karpenko D., D'Antuono L. F., Costa H. S. (2014)
Carotenoids, vitamins (A, B-2, C and E) and total folate of traditional foods from Black Sea area countries
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 93 3545-3557
DOI:10.1002/jsfa.6243
Albuquerque T. G., Costa H. S., Sanches-Silva A., Santos M., Trichopoulou A., D'Antuono F., Alexieva I., Boyko N., Costea C., Fedosova K., Karpenko D., Kilasonia Z., Kocaoglu B., Finglas P. M. (2013)
Traditional foods from the Black Sea region as a potential source of minerals
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2013 N/A
DOI:10.1002/jsfa.6164
Albuquerque T. G., Costa H. S., Sanches-Silva A., Santos M., Trichopoulou A., D'Antuono F., Alexieva I., Boyko N., Costea C., Fedosova K., Karpenko D., Kilasonia Z., Kocaoglu B., Finglas P. M. (2013)
Traditional foods from the Black Sea region as a potential source of minerals
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2013 N/A
DOI:10.1002/jsfa.6164
Bell S., Pakkala H., Finglas P. M. (2013)
Towards a European Food Composition Data Interchange Platform
International Journal for Vitamin & Nutrition Research 82 (3) 1-7
DOI:10.1024/0300 – 9831/XXX
Benelam B., Buttriss J., Finglas P. M. (2013)
"Preface: The 9th International Food Data Conference: A summary"
Food Chemistry 140 (3) 399-401
DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.11.123
Costa H., Albuquerque T., Sanches-Silva A., Vasilopoulou E., Trichopoulou A., D'Antuono F., Alexieva I., Boyko N., Costea C., Fedosova K., Hayran O., Karpenko D., Kilasonia Z., Finglas P. M. (2013)
New nutritional composition data on selected traditional foods consumed in Black Sea Area countries
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2013 N/A
DOI:10.1002/jsfa.6192
Dilis V., Vasilopoulou E., Alexieva I., Boyko N., Bondrea A., Fedosov S., Hayran O., Jorjasze M., Karpenko D., Costa H. S., Finglas P. M., Trichopoulou A. (2013)
Definition and documentation of traditional foods of the Black Sea Area Countries: potential nutrition claims.
Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture 93 3473-3477
DOI:10.1002/jsfa.6238
Finglas P. M., Kroon P. (2013)
£5M science project to boost small firms
Food Manufacture.co.uk 1 1
Roe M., Finglas P. M. (2013)
UK Food Composition Data – Updating the McCance and Widdowson Integrated Dataset
Journal of the Association of Public Analysts (Online) http://www.apajournal.org.uk/2012_0069-0070.pdf 2012 40 69-70 Roe et al -69
Roe M., Pinchen H., Church S., Elahi S., Walker M., Farron-Wilson M., Buttriss J., Finglas P. (2013)
Trans fatty acids in a range of UK processed foods
Food Chemistry 140 (3 ) 427-431
DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.08.067
Bell S., Pakkala H., Finglas P. M. (2012)
Towards a European food composition data interchange platform
International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research 3 (82) 209-215
DOI:10.1024/0300-9831/a000113
Benelam B., Roe M., Pinchen H., Church S., Buttriss J., Gray J., Farron-Wilson M., Finglas P. M. (2012)
New data on the nutritional composition of UK hens’ eggs
Nutrition Bulletin 37 (4) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-
DOI:10.1111/j.1467-3010.2012.01993.x
King M. J., Brima E. I., Dainty J. R., Barrett D. A., Wright A. J., Willis G., Finglas P. M. (2012)
Estimation of the folate apparent volume of distribution in humans
Journal of Nutrition 142 389-395
Pinchen H., Roe M., Finglas P. M., Buttriss J., Grey J., Cryer A. (2012)
'Significant' vitamin D egg findings should drive industry use
NUTRAingredients.com N/A 655937
DOI:www.nurtaingredients.com/655937
Roe M. A., Finglas P. M. (2012)
Assessing and improving the quality of vitamin data in food composition databases
Food and Nutrition Research 56 5654
DOI:10.3402/fnr.v56i0.5654
Roe M., Finglas P. M. (2012)
UK Food Composition Data - Updating the McCance and Widdowson Integrated Dataset"[Journal of the Association of Public Analysts (Online), 2012, 40, 69-70]
Journal of the Association of Public Analysts (Online) 40 69-70
DOI:html/japa_vol_40_pg_6
Roe M., Pinchen H., Church S., Elahi S., Walker M., Farron-Wilson M., Buttriss J., Finglas P. M. (2012)
Trans fatty acids in a range of UK processed foods
Food Chemistry 2012 j.foodchem.2012.08.067
DOI:10.1016/
Tomiuk S., Liu Y., Green T. J., King M., Finglas P. M., Kitts D. (2012)
Studies on the retention of microencapsulated L-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid in baked bread using skim milk powder
Food Chemistry 133 (2) 249-255
DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2011.12.073
Verhagen H., Andersen R., Antoine J. M., Finglas P., Hoekstra J., Kardinaal A., Nordmann H., Pekcan G., Pentieva K., Sanders T., van den Berg H., van Kranen H., Marino Chiodini A. (2012)
Application of the BRAFO tiered approach for benefit-risk assessment to case studies on dietary interventions
Food and Chemical Toxicology 50 S710-S723

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