Discovering Innovative Health Research on World Health Day at University of Roehampton 

Health Science Careers

It is World Health Day, and we couldn’t be prouder to celebrate it with some exciting health research conducted at the Centre for Integrated Research in Life and Health Sciences by our academics at the University of Roehampton.

As we mark the 75th birthday of World Health Day today, it’s crucial to raise awareness about the importance of global health and promote healthier living. It’s a chance to highlight the significance of investing in health systems and improving access to healthcare for everyone, everywhere.

We’re thrilled to share four fascinating pieces of health research that will pique your interest.


The effect of botanical extracts on gut health, immunity, and metabolic disorders  

In recent years, marine organisms, especially brown seaweeds, have been highlighted as potential natural sources of bioactive compounds that can be used in functional foods or human nutraceuticals to manage the metabolic syndrome. This project aims to investigate the effect of botanical seaweed extracts on gut health, immunity, and metabolic disorders.  

Can stress lead to obesity or metabolic disease 

Stress affects us all in different ways; however, there is a significant association between chronic stress and the disruption of the systems regulating metabolism and eating behaviour. This project investigates how social stress alters the regulation of feeding behaviour, glucose metabolism, and the neurochemical signals in our brain that signal reward after food and other pleasurable experiences. 

Postprandial glucose and gastrointestinal hormone responses related to hunger and satiety after intake of prebiotic foods in health and disease  

The project aims to investigate the appetite ratings, postprandial glucose, and gastrointestinal hormone responses related to hunger and satiety after a snack formulated with different prebiotic fibre.  

The role of vitamin D in the fate and function of issue antigens  

Vitamin D, long known for its roles in the growth and maintenance of bone health, is increasingly recognised as a regulator of immune function. Because of its various actions, the consequences of vitamin D status for immune physiology remain murky. This ongoing project focuses on the effects of vitamin D on how tissue antigens function in the immune system.  

You can learn more about the research being done within the School of Life and Health Sciences by visiting the Centre for Integrated Research in Life and Health Sciences webpage. 

The University of Roehampton changes lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and values they need for a successful and fulfilling life. We produce world-class research that helps us understand the world and change it for the better.

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