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Nutrition And Obesity (Research)

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will publish in the Official Report in tabular form details of all research projects into human nutrition and obesity which are being supported from public funds together with the names and research establishments at which such research is being undertaken, the total cost to date

SubjectEstablishmentTotal cost to dateFurther cost to complete
Breast milk and Vitamin DUniversity of Cambridge6,3003,400
Nutritional status of children from poor socio-economic backgrounds living in London.Queen Elizabeth College, London3,5001,100
Programme of nutrition studiesLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.547,500211,000
Study to measure serum Vitamin D
Nutritional surveillance of school childrenSt. Thomas's Hospital Medical School.183,200Not known
Evaluation of subsidised milk in infancy and pregnancy.Welsh National School of Medicine84,500111,000
The effect of school milk on the growth of primary school children.
Vitamin D in welfare foodsLaboratory of Government Chemist3,100
Food and nutrition services15,000 (single service charge)
Information in respect of projects supported by the Medical Research Council is not readily available in the form requested. Research in the Council's own
EstablishmentsubjectEstimated expenditure in 1976–77 £'000
Clinical Research CentreControl of energy intake in man: energy expenditure in man and non-human primates.17
Measurement of human body composition, turnover rate of tissue protein and development of adipose tissue.79
Causes, consequences and treatment of obesity in man.40
Intestinal absorption of natural folic acid analogues and of pteroyglutamic acid in man.12
The biochemical defect in vitamin B12 deficiency in man.50
Studies on obesity using transplantation techniques17
Dunn Nutrition UnitPhysical and metabolic factors involved in energy balance and obesity.121
Nutritional aspects of intestinal functions, nutrient absorption and the effects of dietary fibre.82
Epidemiological studies of nutritional status in the aged and other groups in the United Kingdom.66
Techniques for the assessment of vitamin status37
Community and laboratory studies of protein energy malnutrition.178
Chemical composition and dietary value of foods in the United Kingdom and overseas in relation to dietary requirements for health.35
Biochemistry of vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins.112
Epidemiology Unit (South Wales)Infant growth and entitlement to a milk supplement14
Studies of nutrition and the health of elderly subjects12
Dietary patterns; dietary fibre intake, morbidity and mortality; in particular cancer of the colon and cardiovascular disease.8
Gastroenterology UnitGastrointestinal and metabolic effects of dietary fibre91

of each project, and anticipated further expenditure to completion of each project.

I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services that his Department is supporting the following projects:establishments has no fixed tenure. Projects in these establishments, with the estimated expenditure for 1976–77, are listed below:

Research grants made by the Council, the tenure and estimated expenditure for




Estimated expenditure in 1976–77. £'000

Programme Grants

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Nutritional adaptation1.8.71–31.7.8138
University of West IndiesRenal metabolism and function: effects of malnutrition in adults on endocrine status and carbohydrate metabolism.1.7.73–30.6.788

Special Project Grant

University College Hospital Medical School.Trial of Vitamin D in the elderly1.4.75–31.3.7712

Project Grants

Department of Chemistry, University of Aston.Analysis of the nature and identity of the monoglutamate and polyglutamate folates present in foodstuffs1.7.74–30.6.774
Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge.Effects on infants and young animals of diets containing large amounts of linoleic acid.1.10.75–30.9.7712
Department of Applied Biology, University of Cambridge.Evaluation of foods for their niacin value10.76–9.794
Medical Division, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow.Use of vitamin D fortified foods in the prophylaxis of Asian Ricketts and of osteomalacia in the elderly.4.9.74–3.9.774
Department of Physiology, University of Leeds.The part played by variation in energy expenditure in the regulation of energy balance in rats.1.10.75–30.9.784
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Nutritional studies in MRC project, Kisumu, Kenya.1.7.75–30.6.776
Institute of Child HealthAbsorption of zinc in children and in the young experimental animal.1.5.76–30.4.785
Department of Paediatrics, University College Hospital Medical School, London.Causes and treatment of malnutrition in the very low birth weight infant.19.3.74–18.9.777
Department of Social and Community Medicine, University of Oxford.An epidemiological study of dietary fibre intake and its relationship with diverticular disease of the colon.28.4.76–27.4.782
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.Satiation of food and water intake in the rat.13.10.75–12.10.785
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Southampton.Metabolism of isolated hepatocytes from genetically obese "fatty" rats.1.9.75–31.8.772
Department of Biochemistry, University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire.Tissue lipoprotein lipase activity during development effects of neonatal overnutrition.2.8.76–1.8.796
Information is not available in respect of work supported by universities and hospital medical school.