Professor Janet Cade


I am leader of the Nutritional Epidemiology Group which I established at the University of Leeds since 1994. It is a research-intensive group to create, advance and disseminate nutrition research to make an impact on population health. I am also a founder member of the new professional organisation - the Association for Nutrition which has responsibility for registration of nutritionists in the UK

My main areas of research are:

  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • The role of diet in chronic disease aetiology
  • Diet-gene interactions
  • Assessment of nutrition interventions
  • Development of dietary assessment methods

Research interests

My major research project over the last few years has been the UK Women's Cohort Study which has detailed information on diet and cancer incidence in 35,000 British women. Other major research activities include developing myfood24 - an online dietary recall tool; developing - an expert-led website which hosts dietary assessment tools; creating and piloting `My Meal Mate` - a smart phone app for weight loss; evaluating the school fruit and vegetable scheme; conducting an intervention to improve school lunchboxes; and studying the effect of caffeine consumption in pregnancy on birthweight.

In recognition of my work in public health nutrition and epidemiology, I held one of the first DoH/NHS Career Scientist Awards for Public Health (2001-2006).

Recent funding activity

Medical Research Council
DIET@NET - DIETary Assessment Tool Network (£ 866,000)

DIET@NET brings together a core group of experts in the field of dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, public health and clinical studies from eight universities and institutions in the UK (University of Leeds, Imperial College London, Institute of Food Research, MRC Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in Southampton, University of Bristol, University of Oxford, University of Southampton).
To help improve the quality, consistency and comparability of dietary data in epidemiological and clinical studies, the partnership aims to:

  • establish expert consensus on best practice guidelines for the collection and analysis of dietary intake data in population and clinical studies;
  • create an interactive web-site,, to guide researchers to an e-library of validated, expert-reviewed Dietary Assessment Tools (DATs);
  • provide online access to DATs with, where possible, an online facility for data entry and `real time` food/nutrient analysis;
  • develop a Food Questionnaire creator and provide links to useful dietary assessment resources.

    Medical Research Council
    myfood24 - UK on-line 24h dietary recall(£989,000)

    National Institute for Health Research (Public Health)
    Does the RHS Campaign for School Gardening increase intake of fruit and vegetables in children? (£398,481)

    World Cancer Research Fund
    Dietary patterns and breast cancer (£71,744)

    National Prevention Research Initiative
    Promoting weight loss and improved health using mobile phone technology - `My Meal Mate` (£417,427)

    Optimisation of the National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (£584,016)

    Food Standards AgencySmart lunchbox template (£542,455)

    Medical Research Council
    Cambridge Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology in Cancer Prevention and Survival (£74,000)

Research groups and institutes

  • Nutrition and Public Health

Postgraduate research opportunities

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