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University of Ulster-NICHE

The Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) ( is involved in the Lipgene consumer science workpackages.

Research Themes

The NICHE team is located within the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster. NICHE has an international reputation in the area of diet and links to chronic disease (e.g. cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes) and a good track record in industrially relevant research providing interdisciplinary expertise in food and health research.

The Centre has also built-up considerable expertise in psychosocial research related to food using a range of methodologies both quantitative and qualitative, to investigate factors influencing consumer food choice; consumer requirements for food products; psychological functions and benefits of foods; and, sensory assessment of food and food products. NICHE received a 5* rating for its research in the last review.

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