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Food and Health Programme


Seed funding initiatives


Seed funding is an incentive for researchers in the food and health space to form cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary partnerships.

  1. » Impact of weight loss and insulin sensitivity on serum amino acids
  2. » Smart packaging for kiwifruit: printable radio frequency sensors to monitor ripeness
  3. » Antifreeze Peptide Food Packaging Films
  4. » Does labelling of healthy foods on menus promote better choices at the point-of-purchase in university food outlets?
  5. » The association between food insecurity and healthcare costs for New Zealand children
  6. » Exercise as an intervention to elucidate markers of a health gut microbiome
  7. » Tomatoes: the golden apple for prostrate health
  8. » Amazing Mussel Magnets
  9. » Exploring the Co-Branding Potential of High Value Manuka and Kanuka Products
  10. » Exploring the Milky Way: The role of marketing activities on milk nutrition between socio-economic groupings
  11. » The effect of prolonged fasting on glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes
  12. » "One more for the road": Exploring the Role of Alcohol in New Zealander's Lives
  13. » The effect of COMVITA olive leaf extract on aerobic fitness and markers of cardiac capacity in humans
  14. » Assessment of on-campus food purchasing behaviours, preferences and opinions from staff and students
  15. » DIETCOST: Modelling the cost differential between healthy versus current, less healthy diets
  16. » Development of label free biosensor for detecting the bacterial contamination in food samples
  17. » An exploration of the Chinese Consumers’ Appetite for New Zealand Lifestyle wines
  18. » Stakeholder perceptions of the proposed Natural Health Products Bill
  19. » ‘He kai kei aku ringa’—‘the food is in my hand’: local and global perspectives on Indigenous food security in the context of climate change
  20. » Identifying novel health promoting polyphenols
  21. » Improving health in breast cancer survivors, a novel dietary approach.
  22. » Virtual Childhood Obesity Prevention Laboratory
  23. » Combining food science and foodomics in validating novel food ingredients for gastrointestinal health – a pilot study
  24. » The study of New Zealand’s raw cow’s milk ecology and its implication on cheese making
  25. » Towards food-grade anti-freeze peptides
  26. » Beat-root to faster plant growth?
  27. » Exploring brain circuitry involved in food texture and satiety
  28. » Developing qPCT and DXA scanning for a more detailed insight into the issue of spinal deformity in farmed New Zealand salmon
  29. » Further information

Impact of weight loss and insulin sensitivity on serum amino acids


Researchers: Marta Silvestre, Sally Poppitt, David Cameron-Smith
Project dates: February 2018- January 2019

Smart packaging for kiwifruit: printable radio frequency sensors to monitor ripeness


Researchers: Alisyn Nedoma, Andrew Austin, Peter McAtee Plant and Food Research
Project dates: February 2018-January 2019

Antifreeze Peptide Food Packaging Films


Researchers: Viji Sarojini, Siew Young Quek, Alisyn Nedoma
Project dates: February 2017-February 2019

Does labelling of healthy foods on menus promote better choices at the point-of-purchase in university food outlets?


Researchers: Rajshiri Roy, Clare Wall, Denise Conroy
Project dates: February 2018-February 2019

The association between food insecurity and healthcare costs for New Zealand children


Researchers:   Deborah Schlichting, Erwann Sbai, Ladan Hashemi, Cameron Grant, Barry Milne
Project dates:  December 2017-December 2018

Exercise as an intervention to elucidate markers of a health gut microbiome


Researchers:  Troy Merry, Cherie Blenkiron, Nick Gant
Project dates: May 2017-April 2018

Tomatoes: the golden apple for prostrate health


Researchers:  Karen Bishop, Siew-Young Quek
Project dates: September 2017-August 2018

Amazing Mussel Magnets


Researchers:  Andrew Jeffs, Iain Anderson, Wenjie Wu, Paul South
Project dates: June 2017-May 2018

Exploring the Co-Branding Potential of High Value Manuka and Kanuka Products


Researchers: Kiri Dell, Saeid Baroutian
Project dates: September 2017-August 2018

Exploring the Milky Way: The role of marketing activities on milk nutrition between socio-economic groupings


Researchers:  Jenny Young, Denise Conroy, Helen Eyles
Project dates: July 2017-June 2018

The effect of prolonged fasting on glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes


Researchers: Sally Poppitt, Manish Khanolkar, Amy Liu, Audrey Tay
Project dates: July 2017-June 2018

"One more for the road": Exploring the Role of Alcohol in New Zealander's Lives


Researchers: Rebecca Dolan, Bodo Lang, Marjoelein Verbiest
Project Dates: September 2017-August 2018

The effect of COMVITA olive leaf extract on aerobic fitness and markers of cardiac capacity in humans


Researchers: Andrea Braakhuis, Matthew McGuinness, Anna Brook
Project dates:  August 2017 - July 2018

Assessment of on-campus food purchasing behaviours, preferences and opinions from staff and students


Researchers: Rajshri Roy and Clare Wall, Denise Conroy and Boyn Swinburn
Project closed - Project dates: September 2016 - October 2017

DIETCOST: Modelling the cost differential between healthy versus current, less healthy diets


Researchers: Stefanie Vandevijvere, Mark Gahegan and Boyd Swinburn
Project closed - Project dates: April 2016 - May 2017

Development of label free biosensor for detecting the bacterial contamination in food samples


Researchers: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic and Naresh Singhal
Project closed - Project dates: April 2016 - May 2017

An exploration of the Chinese Consumers’ Appetite for New Zealand Lifestyle wines


Researchers: Denise Conroy, Maureen Benson-Rea and Richard Brookes
Project closed - Project dates: - April 2016 - May 2017

Stakeholder perceptions of the proposed Natural Health Products Bill


Researchers: Sandra Smith, Jo Barnes and Amabel Hunting
Project closed - Project dates: April 2016 - May 2017

‘He kai kei aku ringa’—‘the food is in my hand’: local and global perspectives on Indigenous food security in the context of climate change


Researchers: Billie Lythberg, Manuka Henare, Brad Coombes and Mariaelena Huambachano
Project closed - Project dates: April 2016 - May 2017

Identifying novel health promoting polyphenols


Researchers: Troy Merry and Andrea Braakhuis
Project closed - Project dates: April 2016 - May 2017

Improving health in breast cancer survivors, a novel dietary approach.


Researchers: Andrea Braakhuis, Karen Bishop and Julia Sekula
Project closed - Project dates: November 2015-November 2016

Virtual Childhood Obesity Prevention Laboratory


Researchers: Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Mark Gahegan and Andrew Jull
Project closed - Project dates: November 2015-November 2016

Combining food science and foodomics in validating novel food ingredients for gastrointestinal health – a pilot study


Researchers: Lynnette Ferguson, Siew Young Quek and David Greenwood
Project closed - Project dates: November 2015-May 2017

The study of New Zealand’s raw cow’s milk ecology and its implication on cheese making


Researchers: Silas Vilas-Boas, Bruno Fedrizzi and Yacine Hemar
Project closed: November 2015-November 2017

Towards food-grade anti-freeze peptides


Research: Viji Sarojini and Mohammed Farid
Project closed - Project dates: November 2015-November 2016

Beat-root to faster plant growth?


Researchers: Andrew Jeffs, John Cater, Jenni Stanley and Leo Zamora
Project closed - Project dates: November 2015-November 2016

Exploring brain circuitry involved in food texture and satiety


Researchers: Nicholas Gant and Bryony James
Project closed - Project dates: April 2015 - May 2016

Developing qPCT and DXA scanning for a more detailed insight into the issue of spinal deformity in farmed New Zealand salmon


Researchers: Neill Herbert and Elwyn Firth
Project closed - Project dates: April 2015 - May 2016

Further information


For more information about the Food and Health Programme seed funding initiatives, please contact the researchers directly.