Ulster University opens new nutrition and heart disease research facility

  • Ulster University has opened a new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to tackling cardiovascular disease other issues through ground-breaking nutrition research.

    Ulster University's Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Heath (NICHE for short) has just been opened, and the university has big plans for cutting-edge research to take place there. The facility's main focus is on cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of deaths worldwide at almost 18 million deaths each year representing 31% of all deaths globally.

    The figures for Northern Ireland aren't much better than the global average, with 26% of all deaths in the region being caused by heart or circulatory problems. New treatments in this area have the potential to extend the lives of millions with heart and vascular diseases, but Ulster University isn't just focused on treating issues once they happen.

    A large portion of the new facility's research will be dedicated to preventative measures, identifying those who are at risk through factors such as genetics and diet. The equipment at the new facility will help researchers build on their existing research into conditions such as hypertension and evaluate how nutrition can influence cardiovascular risk.

    Professor Mary Ward commented: "We are delighted to announce our new facility at Ulster which will greatly enhance our ability to conduct top-quality nutrition research to inform policy and practice aimed at preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. In parallel, we will continue to work closely with key stakeholders including clinical colleagues, local and national charities, and most importantly patients and the general public, to ensure that the work is translated for maximum impact on cardiovascular health."

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