Nutrient metabolism

Implicit in the goal of achieving optimal health and well-being is an understanding of how our bodies absorb and metabolise nutrients from the diet. Within the Human Nutrition and Dietetics division, individually designed human and animal dietary studies are used to monitor the physiological response to dietary modifications. Our research staff are particularly interested in micronutrients such as vitamin D, iron, iodine and selenium.

Research staff

Examples of research

  • Role of bioactives, vitamins and minerals
  • Micronutrient intakes and status e.g. iodine, selenium, iron, calcium
  • Factors affecting iron absorption and utilisation
  • Vitamin D and cardiometabolic health
  • Food allergy
  • Taste perception and metabolic regulation
  • Glycaemic control and diabetes prevention
  • Over-weight paradox and health outcomes
  • Optimising metabolic fuels for sports performance
  • Gut–parasite interactions


For more information contact Prof Bernhard Breier or A/Prof Jane Coad.

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