Our research focus
Assoc Professor Clare Wall
Clare heads the Nutrition Department at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and is the principal investigator of the Infant Health programme. Her research interest is in the inter-relationships between the determinants of nutritional status and health outcomes of the paediatric population.
Natural protection of milk
The incidence of allergy has increased worldwide in recent decades, and parents of young children are naturally concerned. Epidemiological studies have shown a clear association between the consumption of raw, unprocessed farm milk and reduced incidence of allergy. However, consumption of raw milk is not safe and to-date no ‘safe’ milk product has been available to fill this market need. The Māori-owned dairy processing and exporting company Miraka, in partnership with AgResearch, will develop a Growing Up Milk product that has the natural traits of unprocessed milk and, as such, delivers added health benefits to toddlers.
A good night’s sleep
When infants wake in the night they are often simply hungry. This may be because the bacteria in their colons have dealt with all the easily digested carbohydrates that provide most human energy needs. New weaning foods with optimal amounts of slowly digested dietary fibre may provide an answer. This project will define optimal mixtures of dietary fibres through laboratory experiments based on the researchers’ knowledge of new complex polysaccharides and the bacterial species present in the bowel of children during weaning. Researchers from the University of Otago lead this work.
Foodomics 2019, hosted by the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge team from the University of Auckland, will provide a platform for the country’s researchers and businesses taking premium foods for health and wellbeing to the world to gather to collaborate and learn about the latest research and opportunities.
High-Value Nutrition is in the limelight this week, with the National Science Challenge researchers and collaborators profiled extensively in a Listener feature article on gut health, entitled ‘Mapping the second brain’. The article features Professor Rob Knight...
As barbeque season gets into full swing, New Zealand researchers are investigating whether certain kinds of red meat could actually protect against heart disease. Researchers have recruited men aged 35-55 willing to eat free meat three times a week for eight weeks in...