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.
The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has secured $53.2m funding to continue its mission-led programme of innovative research into the health and wellbeing attributes of New Zealand produced foods for our major export markets for a further five years....
Plant and Food Research and High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge are hosting an interactive workshop to deliver the consumer insights gained from the latest research trip to Chinese, where our researchers spoke with consumers living with immune health...
At birth a baby’s digestive system is pristine and waiting to be rapidly colonised by millions of bacteria (microbiome). We know the health of a baby is linked to the health of its microbiome.The right balance and diversity of bacteria assist a baby to develop a...