Research and innovation

Are edible insects the key to the global food crisis?

Edible insects could be a key ingredient to avoiding a global food crisis, according to a new report, but there are significant barriers to overcome before they are part of the mainstream

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Join us and you will become part of a community that will encourage and support you to deliver research that will help change the world

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Caffeine in pregnancy

This research, led by Professor Janet Cade, was a Caffeine and Reproductive Health (CARE) study to determine the safe upper limit of caffeine consumption in pregnancy

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An ultrasound scan of a pregnancy, as examined by Leeds researchers
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Research and innovation

Our research tackles major and emerging problems in food science and nutrition. We are recognised as world-leaders in food colloids and diet and health. We apply fundamental scientific principles to address issues of food quality, safety and sustainability, diet quality and consumer behaviour, from food production to the consumer’s plate.

Our research is multidisciplinary in nature, and we collaborate with the best researchers around the world to solve global challenges which are of concern to consumers, governments and industry.

The School is home to a diverse community of committed and passionate staff and students. We’re exceptionally proud that according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact on either industry practice or public policy.

Our research is supported by dedicated and experienced technical staff and first-class facilities, allowing us to scientifically develop new processes and products and analyse the quality and composition of foods from the macro- to the nanoscale.

Working with business

We have excellent links with the food industry, and collaborate closely with major food manufacturers, retailers and research organisations. We can offer applications and benefits to any type and size of food company, from , and also UK Trade Associations. We work with food companies of all sizes, from small businesses to multinational manufacturers, to come up with solutions to your needs. Whether it’s through access to our research facilities, working with our world-leading researchers or working with our students we have the right solution for your business.