The same, only different: Do all C. botulinum Groups follow the same germination path?

A recently published IFR paper in Frontiers in Microbiology describes evidence for the role of germination proteins in spore germination in C. botulinum and C. sporogenes. Here, Dr Jason Brunt, an IFR scientist working in Professor Mike Peck’s research group within the GHFS Research Programme and the Food Safety Centre, blogs about the research behind this new […]

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Prof Mike Peck gives the prestigious Charles L. Hatheway Memorial Lecture in Atlanta, USA

Food Safety research is an important component of the GHFS Programme.  Research into Clostridium botulinum at IFR is led by Professor Mike Peck.  Botulism is a serious form of food poisoning, caused by a deadly neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The neurotoxin is so poisonous that eating even the tiniest amount of food […]

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What doesn’t kill you makes you prettier – a blog from Norwich Science Cafe

GHFS Scientist Dr Duncan Gaskin gave a talk at Norwich Science Cafe earlier this month entitled “Botox: Beauty and the Beast”.  Below he blogs about his experience. “What doesn’t kill you makes you prettier… Like many of my colleagues I have an enthusiasm for the background to my field of research and it is great […]

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Norwich Research Park Dragons Den – a winning perspective

Every year, IFR hosts the Norwich Research Park (NRP) Dragons’ Den Competition.  As most people are aware, Dragons’ Den is a TV programme which was first launched in Japan, and is now an international brand with versions airing in countries across the globe.  Its concept is that entrepreneurs pitch for investment from ‘Dragons’, five venture […]

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Little gut reaction to enterohaemorrhagic E. coli

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157 in the UK, which may be associated with eating mixed salad leaves. To date, 109 cases (figure correct as at 4 July 2016) associated with this strain of E. coli have been identified with the South West of England particularly affected.  […]

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ME/CFS – New review advocates a spotlight on both bacteria and viruses within the gut

Researchers on the Norwich Research Park have published a detailed review of evidence for a role of the gut microbiota and virome in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).  The review, published in The Journal of Clinical Medicine, examines mounting evidence pointing towards an infectious and autoimmune basis for ME/CFS, with emphasis placed on the impact […]

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One Health – A UK-China partnership to combat rising antimicrobial resistance

Currently it is impossible not to notice the vigorous scientific debate and serious concern over the rapid global rise of antimicrobial resistance in common bacteria – including those bacteria involved with human illness. Prestigious reports from the WHO, from the FAO and from the UK Cabinet Office have pointed to scientific, economic and social downsides […]

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Salmonella: Running to stand still

Like the Red Queen character in Alice in Wonderland who had to run to stand still, bacterial pathogens need to constantly evolve to stay in the same niche. This raises questions of what selects for newly emerged clones of foodborne bacterial pathogens, and how do they change during an epidemic? These are important questions for […]

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How Lactobacillus reuteri protects against enteropathogenic E. coli infection in the human gut

Research on improving food safety is an integral part of the GHFS Programme, which focusses on some of the major foodborne bacterial pathogens including E. coli. Dr Stephanie Schüller is a Lecturer in Infection & Immunity at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and a GHFS Research Leader.  Below, Stephanie blogs about a newly published study in the journal […]

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How easily can botulinum neurotoxin genes be transferred to other bacteria?

Food Safety research is an important component of the GHFS Programme.  Our research is focussed on three major foodborne bacterial pathogens, Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter jejuni: defining the molecular mechanisms they use to survive, transmit and multiply in the food chain, and characterising their virulence and colonisation mechanisms and complexity. Clostridium botulinum is […]

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The programme receives funding from the BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and involves leading researchers from the Institute of Food Research, Imperial College, University of East Anglia and St. Mark's Hospital and Academic Institute

Institute of Food ResearchImperial College LondonUniversity of East AngliaSt. Mark's Hospital and Academic InstituteBBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council