Short affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Metabolism, John Innes Centre, Norwich NR4 7UH, United Kingdom.
Biosketch: Cathie Martin researches into the relationship between diet and health and how crops can be fortified to improve diets and address the global challenge of escalating chronic disease. This work has involved linking leading clinical and epidemiological researchers with plant breeders and metabolic engineers to develop scientific understanding of how diet can help to maintain health, promote healthy ageing and reduce the risk of chronic disease. She is undertaking collaborative research on Chinese Medicinal Plants, particularly those producing anti-cancer metabolites used for complementary therapies. She is co-director of the EDESIA PhD program on Plants, Food and Health at Norwich, UK.
Talk title: The benefits of a colourful diet.
Synopsis: Understanding which nutrients from plants confer greatest benefits and how they protect against specific chronic diseases is key to achieving dietary improvement for all levels in society. I aim to illustrate the potential of dietary improvement using plant-based foods to improve health and quality of life and to reduce the economic burden on our health-care systems.