Research

Researchers at Norwich Research Park

The Norwich Research Park leads the world in its plant and microbial sciences at the John Innes Centre and Sainsbury Laboratory and Interdisciplinary Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia. We have strengths in food, diet and health at the Institute of Food Research and Norwich Medical School, and distinctive research expertise and facilities at the Genome Analysis Centre and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Combined with our collaborative approach to multidisciplinary science - there are few places which are so uniquely equipped to make telling contributions to the major challenges facing the world in the 21st Century: Food and Energy Security, Healthy Ageing and Living with Environmental Change.

Our core strengths are underpinned by expertise in computing and mathematics, chemistry and materials sciences, pharmacy and biological sciences.  We have state of the art scientific facilities from clinical and nutritional trials units to bioimaging suites, life science and environmental analytical facilities to biotechnology and -omics technologies.

Plant and Microbial Sciences

Plant and microbial research on the Norwich Research Park leads the world - the John Innes Centre and Sainsbury Laboratory together rank first globally for impact of their research.*  Their scientists investigate:

  • the health potential of bioactives for pharmaceuticals or as food constituents
  • the growth and development of plants and microbes to improve crop yields
  • the ability of plants to adapt to environmental stress and resist disease

Food, Diet and Health

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research with colleagues in Norwich Medical School at UEA investigate the relationship between food, diet and human health.  Their main research themes are:

  • the relationship between diet and health through programmes on food & nutrition and gut biology
  • microbial food-borne pathogens, food quality

Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia has a distiguished history of interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences and its associated units and insitutes sets the global climate change agenda.  UEA is the 3rd university globally after Harvard and Princeton in the field of geosciences*.

  • physical, chemical and biological systems of the atmosphere, ocean and land and their inter-relationships
  • role of human activity in modifying natural environmental cycles and adapting to changes - combining studies in social science and natural science disciplines

* Thompson Reuters Essential Science Indicators

Investment in key research themes 

The six Norwich Research Park partners have jointly indentified the Park's key disciplines and are collectively building on this success through co-investment in new clinical and academic research appointments and in infrastructure. 

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