In recognition of the importance of linking agricultural sciences with health sciences, the Women's & Children's Health Research Institute and the University of Adelaide signed a joint venture agreement called FOODplus Research Centre. It involves staff from the Child Nutrition Research Centre at SAHMRI and the Functional Food Group of the University.
Directly connecting agriculture to health is one of the most logical of concepts and yet has rarely been attempted in research terms. There is good evidence that if people consume nutrient-rich foods they will have better health outcomes than those consuming energy-rich but nutrient-poor foods. It is now recognised that overcoming nutrient deficiencies in processed foods by the use of vitamin and mineral supplements is unsustainable. FOODplus will link health researchers with plant and animal scientists, growers and food producers for the development of nutritionally enhanced foods for better outcomes for all.
The FOODplus Research Centre conducts both basic and applied research across a broad range of areas that link food, nutrition and sustainable agriculture to improve human health. We are committed to the conduct of high quality intervention studies to provide the best evidence to inform industry, policy makers and health professionals.
FOODplus Research Centre is conducting excellent research linking food, nutrition and sustainable agriculture to improve human health across several sites.
- Waite Campus at University of Adelaide
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- Flinders Medical Centre
- Royal Adelaide Hospital