Journal of IiME Volume 9 Issue 1 With a unique integration of diet, health, nutrition and medicine under one roof, linking closely to world class plant and crop research at the John Innes Centre and bioinformatics at The Genome Analysis Centre (both also located on the Norwich Research Park), it will have the potential to deliver clinically validated strategies to improve human health and wellbeing. Abstract: Sufferers of M.E., carers, family and friends, all want to know what causes M.E. in order to determine how the condition can be prevented, treated and cured. We need to better understand the biological, physiological and psychological mechanisms that determine how nutrition, food choice and individual dietary patterns contribute to lifelong health and disease. We also need to know how differences in dietary needs and responses between individuals and population groups at different stages of human life. Expanding knowledge in these areas we believe will be important to understanding a range of issues including ME. The science of food, nutrition and health is immensely complicated. Future science has to take an interdisciplinary approach to effectively understand how all these interconnected factors act together. With over 3000 scientists at the Norwich Research Park, consisting of 4 world leading research institutes, a university and a teaching hospital, it is one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in Food and Health and Environmental sciences. Having academic excellence across a range of diverse, but related fields, in one location is a very powerful way to deliver a step-change in potential outcomes across a number of health issues. Importantly, the new centre for food and health, due to open at the end of 2017 at the Norwich Research Park, takes co-location to a new level as it uniquely integrates academic excellence with clinical expertise; by bringing together the Institute of Food Research with May 2015 aspects of the University of East Anglia’s medical school and science faculty with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals' gastrointestinal endoscopy facility, working alongside industry. The new Institute will provide a novel holistic, systematic and integrated approach to deliver faster innovation as well as helping to inform government policy on a range of gut and diet related issues including M.E. The development of this new centre, together with the other expertise and facilities located at the Norwich Research Park, puts it in a very good position to lead a UK and European Centre of Excellence for biomedical research for M.E. to provide possible prevention and solutions. Professor Jonas Bergquist Proteomics in ME/CFS Professor Begquist has a background as MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neuroscience , Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg. Since 1999 , he has been a researcher in Uppsala, Sweden, and in 2005 was appointed professor of analytical chemistry and neurochemistry at the Department of Chemistry - BMC , Uppsala University. From 2011 he worked also as an adjunct professor of pathology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Abstract: Not available at time of printing – but will be made available on Invest in ME web site. Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) www.investinme.org Page 45 of 57

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