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|Motto||Improving Health Through Nutrition Research|
|Legal status||Government agency|
|Purpose||Human nutrition research in the UK|
|Headquarters||Elsie Widdowson Laboratory|
|Dr Ann Prentice|
|Medical Research Council|
|Affiliations||School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Food Standards Agency|
|c. 100 nutrition scientists|
In 1998 MRC Human Nutrition Research (HNR) was formed as a result of the restructuring of the Dunn Human Nutrition Unit following the resignation of Professor Roger Whitehead. The Medical Research Council (MRC), founded in 1913, had previously had a Human Nutrition Research Unit at the end of the Second World War; this was founded and directed by BS Platt, and was interested in serious nutritional deficiencies in children, that would cause significantly premature death. HNR was formed in order to continue to advance the MRC's portfolio of strategic and applied nutrition research.
The mission of HNR is to conduct nutrition research and surveillance to improve the health of the population with a focus on obesity and metabolic risk, musculoskeletal health, intestinal health and nutritional inequalities.
HNR currently states that its 4 objectives are to:
HNR is based at Peterhouse Technology Park, in south-east Cambridge, on the South Cambridgeshire-Cambridge boundary, round the corner from the Fulbourn - Cherry Hinton Tesco and Fulbourn Hospital. ARM Holdings have their headquarters on the same site.
It is divided into 3 main research departments and a support department:
These departments house research groups concerned with:
HNR also has a library which houses an important collection of historically significant research documents.
HNR conducts nutrition research and surveillance to improve the health of the population with a focus on obesity and metabolic risk, musculoskeletal health, intestinal health and nutritional inequalities.
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