Food-Related Health Inequalities in Indian Populations in the UK and India.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Medical and Human Sciences


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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
BB/H531486/1 01/05/2010 31/08/2011 £23,754
BB/H531486/2 Transfer BB/H531486/1 25/04/2012 24/06/2014 £15,495
Description This grant brought researchers from India and the UK together who were studying the impact of nutrition on health related inequalities such as obesity, diabetes and immune-mediated adverse reactions to food, including IgE mediated food allergy. This enable synergies to be identified including the mutual interest in developing in vitro digestion models to study the impact of food formulations on properties, such as glycaemic index. One of the topics identified by the proejct as being important was early life nutrition and its impact on health, and in particular how dietary differences in the UK and India might affect health inequalities in the S Asian population. This has formed the core topic of a successful MRC project submission with India (ManGO) which began in April 2018.
Exploitation Route Identifying a better match in research interests and managing expectations on both sides. Having opportunities to bid for funds through the Newton fund provides a better mechanism for funding lasting collaborations. This has subsequently been achieved through the GCRF opportunities in relation to Nutrition.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare

Description Through the project partnership a workshop was held on 20th September 2011 at the Neasden Hindu Temple, London attended by IPA partners from the UK (UNIMAN, Imperial College), Hindu clerics, and UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) to consider matters relating to the safety of Pan (covered in the UK by the FSA, and the issues relating to the production of milk from cloned cows (a novel food) which had been recently approved in 2011. This provided useful insights into the inclusion of the Hindu ethical framework into consideration of safety and acceptability of Novel foods. The workshop was attended by a member of the UK FSA from the Novel Foods branch and helped inform their policy in the area of pan consumption in the UK. (2) Professor Clare Mills attended a food allergy workshop held at the Indian Toxicology Institute, Lucknow at the invitation of Dr Premenrda Dwivedi with a view to building on experiences in undertaking multi-centre studies on food allergy in Europe through the EuroPrevall study to set up a similar study in India. (3) A third workshop was held in Pune 10th -12th December 2013 and the project was presented by Prof Clare Mills at the 46th Indian Dietetics Association meeting, Pune, 12th-14th December 2013. Two posters associated with the partnering award were presented by PhD students from the UK and India at the meeting. This has show cased the use of in vitro digestion models developed with BBSRC funding to study how food formulations may affect glycaemic index of foods and stability of allergens to digestion. (4) The networks developed in this project have supported a successful application to MRC for a GCRF project on nutrition with India and South Africa (MANGO). Subsequently a BBSRC GCRF project application was submitted building on the links with Professor Asna Urooj at the University of Mysore and Dr Mahesh Rao at JJS Medical School, Mysore was submitted. Although not successful the partnership will apply for further GCRF funding in up-coming calls.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare
Impact Types Policy & public services

Description MRC GCRF
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2019
Description UK-India Seminar
Amount £11,884 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 08/2015
Description Mysore 
Organisation University of Missouri
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise n in vitro digestion models.
Collaborator Contribution knowledge of food processing in Indian food including chapatti manufacutre.
Impact Royal Society UK-India Seminar, January 2015.
Start Year 2011
Description Rothamsted Research 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Investigating the effect of gastrointestinal digestion on cereal-derived foods Mass spectrometry analysis of gluten in free-from foods
Collaborator Contribution Professor Peter Shewry has contributed know-how on gluten proteins and cereals helping to support students and the developing collaborations with Indian researchers. He has also brought in other researchers, Rowan Williams, on informatics.
Impact Publications, listed in research Fish.
Description Workshop at the Neasden Hindu Temple, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The meeting was held to highlight issues around health inequalities in the British Asian population in relation to food and specific activities such as acceptability of milk from cloned cows and issues around the risks of betel nut consumption, especially cancer risks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011