Genes & Nutrition

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 435–437

Social sciences for food and health research


DOI: 10.1007/s12263-013-0334-x

Cite this article as:
McCarthy, M. Genes Nutr (2013) 8: 435. doi:10.1007/s12263-013-0334-x


Healthier eating is a global challenge for chronic disease control. Food and Health Research in Europe (FAHRE) surveyed research structures and programmes in 32 countries, and reviewed research needs and gaps across nine themes. Food processing and safety research, nutrition and molecular research, and disease-based clinical research are strong; but research is weak on determinants of disease and healthier eating through policies and changing behaviours. Biomedical and commercial research for patents contrast with social research for the public interest. More funding and capacity support should go to social research in the food and health sector.


Research priorities Nutrition policy Social sciences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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