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World Class Future Science Norfolk is home to a cluster of internationally-renowned research organisations. They are working together to tackle the major challenges facing all of us in the 21st Century – the sustainability of our environment; our food supplies and healthy ageing. There are over 2500 scientists working to find realistic and practical solutions; who then have the infrastructure and support to translate these discoveries into commercially successful business. 

Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists”Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists” after London, Cambridge and Oxford and ahead of cities such as Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham and York – evidence of our outstanding international reputation

Co-located adjacent to the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals on the Norwich Research Park in Eastern England

  • Four international centres of excellence in plant science, microbiology, harnessing food for health and controlling food-related disease
  • A world-class national facility for the study and application of genomics in animals, plants and microbes

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Pioneering work in wheat breeding programmes hailed in BBSRC awards

John Innes Centre scientist Dr Cristobal Uauy recognised for "innovative" work

New book profiles Professor Sir David Hopwood's remarkable career

Professor Sir David Hopwood's remarkable career has been outlined in a new book.

Professor Graham Moore recognised for exceptional contribution to wheat research

John Innes Centre scientist Professor Graham Moore and University of Bristol’s Professor Keith Edwards have been jointly awarded the 2018 Rank Prize in Nutrition (Human and Animal Nutrition and Crop Husbandry) for their exceptional contribution to wheat research.

New wheat genome sequence assembly is most accurate and complete ever

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, working in partnership with colleagues at the Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory and the European Bioinformatics Institute, report in the journal Genome Research the most accurate and complete DNA sequence analyses of the wheat genome to date.

Jemima Brinton awarded Monogram Early Career Award

Jemima Brinton, a PhD student in her final year at the John Innes Centre has been awarded the PhD Monogram Early Career Excellence Award (MECEA) at the 2017 annual MonoGram meeting in Bristol.

Major new strategic investment in the John Innes Centre, in UK science and in global food security

As one of the world’s foremost research institutes, the John Innes Centre has today been awarded £77.9m in a series of new strategic programme investments by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Professor Allan Downie awarded Adam Kondorosi prize for Plant Sciences

Professor Downie, awarded the first Adam Kondorosi prize for advanced scholars.

Professor Cathie Martin awarded Fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists

Professor Cathie Martin, Project Leader at the John Innes Centre, has been awarded Fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

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Clinical Trials Day 2017
Ahead of International Clinical Trials Day on May 20th, scientists from the Quadram Institute joined colleagues from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in showcasing their research that involves clinical trials. Members of the public, as well as staff based in the hospital, were able to speak to the researchers who are involved in designing […]

Insights into the development of our second brain
A computational modeller at the Quadram Institute has helped unravel how the organization of the enteric nervous system develops. The study, led by the Francis Crick Institute, provides the first overview of how this essential part of the nervous system emerges in the embryo. Neural development in the brain and spinal cord is relatively well […]

Research Experience Studentships Summer 2017
We have a number of BBSRC Research Experience Studentships available for the summer of 2017. The Research Experience Placements (REP) scheme provides support for undergraduate summer research placements. REPs are designed to: Give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in Biosciences. Raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students. […]

Institute Of Food Research transitions into Quadram Institute Bioscience
The new £multi-million food and health research centre that will become the state-of-the-art home for the Quadram Institute is on schedule to be complete by mid-2018. As a first step to realising the ambition of the Quadram Institute, the Institute of Food Research(IFR) has realigned its science strategy to deliver to the vision of the […]

Scientist takes her research to Parliament
Tharsini Sivapalan, 26, a PhD student at the Institute of Food Research (soon to be Quadram Institute), hailing from Hayes, London, is attending Parliament to present her bioscience research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March. Tharsini’s poster on research about […]

Quadram Institute reaches major construction landmark
The construction of the Quadram Institute, Norwich Research Park’s state-of-the-art new centre for food and health research, reached a significant stage this week (Thursday 2 March) with the final cement pouring. George Freeman MP, chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and former UK Minister for Life Sciences, led a ceremony to make the occasion, […]

ME/CFS talks held in Norwich
An event held in Norwich in January 2017 gave the public a chance to hear about some of the biomedical research being undertaken on the debilitating condition ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). The event was hosted by IFR and Invest in ME Research, a charity promoting biomedical research and education into ME, which is aiming to establish a […]

New evidence of how gut microbes affect Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Scientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) have uncovered a new mechanism linking bacteria in the gut to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They have found that certain bacteria release molecules that interact with the lining of the gut to influence a process known as epithelial cell shedding. This shedding process is vital to maintaining […]

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TSL receives DEFRA approval for potato field trials

DEFRA have approved The Sainsbury Laboratory’s application to conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2017 and 2021. The field trials are part of TSL’s Potato Partnership Project to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less and produces... Read more »

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TSL and JIC applaud a European success story

At the turn of the century, the idea of a European research programme that would focus entirely on scientific excellence, ignoring political or geographical considerations, seemed to many to be a fantastic pipe dream of the academic community. However, in 2007, that dream became reality with the launch of a European Research Council (ERC). The... Read more »

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TSL Summer School in Plant Microbe Interactions

This summer, The Sainsbury Laboratory will host its third Summer School in Plant Microbe Interactions. Running over two weeks from the 31st July to the 11th August 2017 we will cover key topics and techniques in the field. The TSL Summer School will feature extensive practical training in cutting edge techniques and stimulating discussions on... Read more »

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TSL submits application to DEFRA for approval to carry out a field trial on GM Potatoes

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has applied to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for permission to carry out a field trial on genetically modified potatoes on the Norwich Research Park between 2017 and 2020. The trial will test the effectiveness of late blight resistance genes in Maris Piper potatoes. These genes... Read more »

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International collaboration to source new resistance genes to combat corn diseases

Monsanto Company and 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to devastating corn diseases. 2Blades will deliver these resistance genes in collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions and long-term partner of 2Blades. “Mid and late season corn disease complexes... Read more »

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Professor Sophien Kamoun awarded the 2016 Kuwait Prize for Applied Science in Food and Agriculture

Professor Sophien Kamoun, Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory has been awarded the 2016 Kuwait Prize for Applied Science in Food and Agriculture by The Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

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TSL Scientists identify novel regulatory mechanism that controls how plants defend themselves against pathogens

Together with collaborators in Austria, scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich (UK) are unravelling the complex mechanisms underlying plants’ innate abilities to resist pests and pathogens. In a new paper published in Science, the team reveals how a class of endogenous plant peptides and their corresponding receptor regulate plant immune responses. Plants possess... Read more »

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Forming a second line of plant defence – capturing disease-resistant DNA

Scientists have developed a new improved method for capturing longer DNA fragments, doubling the size that can be analysed for novel genes which provide plants with immunity to disease. RenSeq (1) is a method to sequence Resistance (R) genes that confer disease resistance in plants. Each plant typically carries hundreds of potential R gene sequences,... Read more »

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