New trustees appointed to Quadram board
Quadram Institute Bioscience has appointed three new members to its board of trustees.
Dr Celia Caulcott, Dr Bénédicte Flambard and Professor Peter J. Morgan collectively bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the QIB leadership.
Dr Tim Brears, chair of the QIB board of trustees, said: “Celia, Bénédicte and Peter join us at an exciting time for the organisation. Each brings a unique set of expertise that will be invaluable assets for us as we look to establish the Quadram Institute as a world leader in food and health research.”
As well as the move into the new Quadram Institute building in mid-2018, a new science strategy for the Quadram Institute will be launched, working at the interface of food science, gut biology, human health and disease.
Dr Caulcott is vice-provost (Enterprise and London) UCL (University College London) where she leads on UCL’s enterprise strategy and embedding innovation and enterprise culture throughout the university.
She has extensive experience working in and with the biopharmaceuticals industry and prior to joining UCL was the executive director for Innovation and Skills at the BBSRC.
Dr Flambard is global head of the business unit of live therapeutics & nutraceuticals at Boehringer Ingelheim leading the creation of a new business area at the interface of therapeutic nutrition and health. Her academic focus has been intestinal microbes and health, and host-microbe cross-talk, and previously she held several VP positions with Chr. Hansen, the world leader in microbial solutions.
Professor Morgan is the director of the Rowett Institute at the University of Aberdeen, overseeing the merger of the institute in 2008 and the development of a new £40 million building for the institute, including a state of the art human nutrition research facility, which opened in 2016. His research interests focus on the neurobiology of energy balance and biological rhythms, expanding recently into gut microbiome-brain interactions.
The Quadram Institute will be at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.
It will bring together research teams from the Institute of Food Research, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of East Anglia, as well as NNUH’s regional gastrointestinal endoscopy unit.
As a first step to realising the ambition of the Quadram Institute, the Institute of Food Research realigned its science strategy to deliver to the vision of the new institute.
In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in mid-2018, IFR transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience in April. The new institute is being funded by the partners and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Dr Celia Caulcott