The aim of the Medical Research Council Childhood (MRC- CNRC) as part of the UCL Institute of Child Health in London is to conduct research on the impact of nutrition on the health and development of infants and children in order to underpin and foster the development of both clinical and public health practice and professional training in paediatric nutrition.
With the advent of MRC-CNRC, the institute of Child Healthnow harbours the largest critical mass expertise in peadiatric research in Europe.
MRC-CNRC has seven Heads of Group, spanning the field of nutrition in relation to cognitive function, cardiovascular health, bone health, body composition and energy metabolism, dietetics, biochemistryand stable isotope research on nutrition and metabolism. The centre is able to put together multidisciplinary teams to approach key issues in nutrition and disease, adverse effects of food and, importantly, the impact of early nutrition on long-term outcome.
The centre is core funded by competitive peer-review grants from the Medical Research Council, combined with substancial infrastructural support from the Institue of Child Health.
Professor Alan Lucas heads MRC-CNRC as its Director, while Dr Mary Fewtrell is head of Nutrition, Phyiology and Metabolism within MRC-CNRC.
Learn more at the Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital website