Chris Seal is Senior Lecturer in Food Studies at Newcastle University, UK. He joined the university in 1983 working first in large animal nutrition and, since 1994, human nutrition. His research interests are at the interface between behavioural and physiological responses to changing diet. Of particular interest is the promotion of wholegrain food consumption. He is currently leading the largest whole-grain intervention worldwide in the WHOLEheart project funded by the Food Standards Agency, and Cereal Partners UK. The project commenced in January 2003 and will complete in December 2007. During this time 300 volunteers will enter a phased whole-grain intervention lasting 16 weeks. The principle outcome measures are markers of cardiovascular disease risk. We are also undertaking metabolomic analysis of plasma and urine samples in collaboration with the Nestle Research Centre, Lausanne.
The Food and Nutrition Group in the School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development is interested in food quality issues. We have research activity in the impact of agronomic practices on food quality, including sensory attributes and nutritional value of plant and animal-based foods.