Center for Nutrition Research
CNR Center Director
Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD
The IFSH Center for Nutrition Research supports the work of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), which conducts human nutrition and clinical research to determine the health benefits of foods and food components in a variety of study areas, including nutrient properties and bioavailability, obesity and satiety, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk reduction, and infant and child nutrition. The unit also manages projects related to IFSH's Health Promoting Foods research arm.
For more information on how the IFSH Center for Nutrition Research can add value to your organization, please contact:
Armand Paradis, Director, Business Development
The Science of Healthy Foods
The promise of health promoting foods to improve nutrition and to reduce the onset of vascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and other major chronic illnesses linked to poor diet quality has consumers flocking to their local supermarkets in search of products that will help them to lead longer, healthier lives. At the same time, rising healthcare costs are leading governments to institute preventive health initiatives involving food.
The IFSH Center for Nutrition Research connects industry with ways to determine the health promoting properties of food components, align nutrition objectives with food safety requirements, and evaluate the impact of food processing and packaging technologies on nutritional values to ensure delivery of the highest quality products to consumers.
The Center for Nutrition Research Foods assists industry with assessing and determining science-based health claims, which must be developed, commercialized and regulated in a safe and effective manner. Development of health promoting products not only requires agencies to create new regulatory pathways and streamlined review processes but requires food manufacturers to substantiate health claims through sound science. The IFSH Center for Nutrition Research enables dialogue between industry and the FDA Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN) on scientific goals for supporting such claims, and provides meaningful scientific data that builds consumer confidence in making healthful food choices for self, family and community.
- Expertise in designing, planning and implementing human research studies to determine the health promoting benefits of foods and food compounds
- Human clinical trial facilities for studying biochemical and functional end-points of chronic disease, such as obesity and diabetes
- State-of-the-art nutrition and biochemistry analytical capabilities, including applied microbiology (prebiotics and probiotics) and challenge studies on new foods and formulations
- Development of scientific data for improving the adoption of dietary guidelines
- Generating validation data on the beneficial effects of plant and dairy bioactives in foods and beverages
- Food intake regulation studies that focus on satiety, dietary fiber and glycemic index to help improve understanding of the physiology that drives eating behavior
- Facilitate path-to-market strategy for industry through early and ongoing interaction with stakeholders in the emerging healthy foods field