There are four research institutions on the Park, a University, a Hospital and over 150 businesses. To have so much activity all on one single site within walking distance from each other makes us unique and a huge hub for scientific research. To summarise all the research into larger categories we often use Food, Health, and the Environment.
Our researchers are trying to solve huge global challenges. Challenges like; ensuring that there’s enough food for our growing population, preventing and treating diseases and mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. These are all things we should all care about, as they will increasingly impact our lives and the lives of others in the decades to come.
Every year huge amounts of crops are lost to many different factors like: diseases, pests, extreme weather and soil erosion. Using scientific techniques like gene editing researchers at the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute and the University of East Anglia work on increasing our understanding of plants and their interactions to tackle this challenge.
Researchers at Norwich Research Park also study diseases like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cancer and Myalgic Encephalitis (ME) to help understand what causes these diseases and how they can be treated.
Researchers across different organisations on Norwich Research Park look at ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, and where that isn’t possible, looks at ways to help society adapt to the changes that climate change will cause.