Measuring blood oxygen as part of a children's nutrition research study

NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre

The nation’s centre for advancing health through nutrition, NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre builds on over two decades of leadership in nutrition research and care.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the centre is an international hub for nutrition research, training and policy.

Enabling Southampton’s nutrition research

The centre provides quality-assured resources, expertise and training to help drive Southampton’s nutrition research across its three main strands:

Greater than the sum of its parts

The centre combines Southampton’s leading nutrition expertise, medical training and national and international policy and public health activities.

It provides the resources and opportunities needed to make a major difference to health through:

Setting global care standards

Establishing world standards and the tools needed for reliable nutritional diagnoses, to better identify and address malnutrition, manage disease risk and improve nutritional care as part of medical treatment.

Promoting health

Developing evidence-based interventions that promote health, prevent ill-health and treat disease addressing the individual, and that build nutritional care competencies in the health workforce.


Promoting collaborations with clinical, academic and industry partners locally, nationally and internationally to realise the health benefits of new research.

Helping Southampton become a healthier city

Enabling the city of Southampton to become a model for nutritional wellbeing in the promotion of health, prevention of ill-health and the treatment of disease across healthcare, social care and community settings.

Every mouthful matters – the lifecourse approach

Southampton pioneered research demonstrating that diet from the earliest stages impacts our health throughout life, right back to the womb and our pregnant mother’s diet. Based on this work, we have led the way in addressing health impacts across this entire lifecourse, particularly in tackling later life development of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Through this approach, supported by Southampton’s Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, we are enabling better diet choices, early and accurate management of disease risk, and improved nutritional care at every stage of life.