The UCD Institute of Food and Health is a major campus-wide initiative at University College Dublin to develop and conduct world class, multidisciplinary research into food & health. More »

Featured Researcher

Senior Lecturer
Congratulations to Dr Lorraine Brennan who has been awarded over €2M through the European Research Council to develop new nutrition research tools. Her research programme focuses on metabolism and health using metabolomics, which involves measuring small molecules present in a biological sample such as glucose in urine or blood for example. This gives information on metabolic pathways in the body and how they are altered in diet related diseases or different dietary regimes. Through this award Dr Brennan will apply metabolomics in the identification of new biomarkers of dietary intake.

Current Projects

Identifying foods with specific health benefits, or indeed components within those foods, is central to much of the work conducted within the Institute.
Personalised nutrition involves the delivery of nutritional advice, which takes into consideration both the genotype and the phenotype of an individual.

News & Events

27th March 2015
Congratulations to Professors John O'Doherty and Torres Sweeney who have received an SFI Investigator Award.
9th April 2015
The Nutritional Metabolomics group at the UCD Institute of Food and Health is seeking to recruit a PhD student to work on a European Research Council (ERC) funded project.
18th March 2015
Congratulations to Dr Lorraine Brennan who has been award over €2M through the European Research Council (ERC) to develop new nutrition research tools.
20th March 2015
There are currently several Research MSc opportunities available within the Institute in two of its large research programmes
18 March 2015
PostDoctoral Research Positions Available within the Nutrition Group
16 April 2015
"Supply Chain Management Issues in the Meat and Dairy Industry."
8th January 2015
Over 100 people recently attended the latest in the Institute's series of high level workshops.
10th and 11th December 2014
Food Research Conference
16 December 2014
Policy Seminar Series
29 September 2014
UCD and University of California David honour Dr Catherine Woteki, USDA Chief Scientist, at the inaugural John E Kinsella Memorial Lecture
5 August, 2014
Institute researcher, Prof Colm O'Donnell, listed among the world's top scientists.
14th April, 2014
Over 100 people recently attended the latest in the Institute's series of high level workshops.
12 February, 2014
Prof Séamus Fanning discusses the significance of antimicrobial resistance in the Food Chain on Ear to the Ground
21 February, 2014
Volunteers with Type 2 Diabetes and aged between 40 and 65 years, are required to take part in a diabetes study as part of the Food for Health Ireland research programme.
22 November, 2013
Institute member, Prof Nick Holden recently published a major new book investigating the economic sustainability and environmental concerns relating to food processing.
5 September, 2013
Institute appoints two new Associate Professors
8 September, 2013
Prof Dolores O'Riordan is the new Institute Director
29 July, 2013
Research Assistant required for Thrive-Rite project
4 July, 2013
Prof Mike Gibney one of the speakers at the first TEDx event held at University College Dublin
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Featured Publication

A. O’Gorman et al
Reliable dietary assessments are essential when attempting to understand the complex links between diet and health. Traditional methods for collecting dietary exposure can be unreliable, therefore there is an increasing interest in identifying biomarkers to provide a more accurate measurement