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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. » Exercise as an intervention to elucidate markers of a health gut microbiome
  2. » Tomatoes: the golden apple for prostrate health
  3. » Amazing Mussel Magnets
  4. » Exploring the Co-Branding Potential of High Value Manuka and Kanuka Products
  5. » Exploring the Milky Way: The role of marketing activities on milk nutrition between socio-economic groupings
  6. » The effect of prolonged fasting on glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes
  7. » "One more for the road": Exploring the Role of Alcohol in New Zealander's Lives
  8. » The effect of COMVITA olive leaf extract on aerobic fitness and markers of cardiac capacity in humans
  9. » Assessment of on-campus food purchasing behaviours, preferences and opinions from staff and students
  10. » DIETCOST: Modelling the cost differential between healthy versus current, less healthy diets
  11. » Development of label free biosensor for detecting the bacterial contamination in food samples
  12. » An exploration of the Chinese Consumers’ Appetite for New Zealand Lifestyle wines
  13. » Stakeholder perceptions of the proposed Natural Health Products Bill
  14. » ‘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
  15. » Identifying novel health promoting polyphenols
  16. » Improving health in breast cancer survivors, a novel dietary approach.
  17. » Virtual Childhood Obesity Prevention Laboratory
  18. » Combining food science and foodomics in validating novel food ingredients for gastrointestinal health – a pilot study
  19. » The study of New Zealand’s raw cow’s milk ecology and its implication on cheese making
  20. » Towards food-grade anti-freeze peptides
  21. » Beat-root to faster plant growth?
  22. » Exploring brain circuitry involved in food texture and satiety
  23. » Developing qPCT and DXA scanning for a more detailed insight into the issue of spinal deformity in farmed New Zealand salmon
  24. » Further information

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


Researchers: Troy Merry, Cherie Blenkiron, Nick Gant

Tomatoes: the golden apple for prostrate health

Researchers: Karen Bishop, Siew-Young Quek

Amazing Mussel Magnets

Researchers: Andrew Jeffs, Iain Anderson, Wenjie Wu, Paul South

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

Researchers: Kiri Dell, Saeid Baroutian

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

Researchers: Jenny Young, Denise Conroy, Helen Eyles

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

Researchers: Manish Khanolkar, Sally Poppitt, Amy Liu, Audrey Tay

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

Researchers: Rebecca Dolan, Bodo Lang, Marjoelein Verbiest

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

Researchers: Andrea Braakhuis, Matthew McGuinness, Anna Brooks

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

Researchers: Rajshri Roy and Clare Wall and Denise Conroy
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 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 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 dates: April 2016-May 2017

Stakeholder perceptions of the proposed Natural Health Products Bill


Researchers: Sandra Smith, Jo Barnes and Amabel Hunting
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: Manuka Henare, Brad Coombes, Billie Lythberg and Mariaelena Huambachano
Project dates: April 2016-May 2017

Identifying novel health promoting polyphenols


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

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


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

Virtual Childhood Obesity Prevention Laboratory


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

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


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


Researchers: Silas Vilas-Boas, Dr Bruno Fedrizzi and Dr Yacine Hemar
Project dates: November 2015-November 2016

Towards food-grade anti-freeze peptides


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

Beat-root to faster plant growth?


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

Exploring brain circuitry involved in food texture and satiety


Researchers: Dr Nicholas Gant and Associate Professor Bryony James
Project closed

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


Researchers: Dr Neill Herbert and Professor Elwyn Firth
Project closed

Further information


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