The nutrigenomics research is being carried out by researchers from the University of Auckland and government-funded research institutes (Crown Research Institutes, or CRIs): Plant & Food Research (formed by the merger of Crop & Food and HortResearch at the end of 2008) and AgResearch.
This is because the success of theproject depends on the input of people with a range of different skills and , including nutrition, disease, , food chemistry, biochemistry, statistics and ethics.
Dr Warren McNabb (
I cannot dowith myself in isolation, or with my team in isolation. We don’t have all the capabilities needed to do it, and so what I like about this particular grouping, Nutrigenomics NZ, is I get to work with a whole range of different people with different capabilities.
Professor Lynn Ferguson ()
So it’s the University of Auckland in association with three Crown Research Institutes, and the Crop & Food, and AgResearch. Each have their own particular specialisations. We’ve got expertise in diseases. We are a biomedical-focused university.are all ones that have got major components in food - lots of in food technology, food science. So it’s HortResearch,
Dr Julian Heyes (
Our common goal is to develop expertise in this area called nutrigenomics - matching sophisticated knowledge about the food we eat, with sophisticated knowledge about the differences between different individual human beings.
Professor Lynn Ferguson (
The pooling of expertise, the ideas, the range of ideas that are coming in certainly excite me and I hope they excite some of the other people in the programme.