MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory

In 2016, following restructuring and refocussing of its research interests MRC Human Nutrition Research was renamed the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (MRC EWL). This took effect from 01 September 2016.

MRC EWL’s remit remains to conduct nutrition research and surveillance to improve the health of the population and to inform policy and practice. The previous MRC Human Nutrition Research website has been captured and can be found here.


MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory to close at the end of December 2018

The MRC has been transforming its delivery model for nutrition and human health research to make the most of science and translational opportunities looking forward. The closure of the MRC EWL at the end of 2018 is part of this transition.

The MRC has a long history of research in human nutrition in Cambridge, spanning over 80 years. It began at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Laboratory, continued at MRC Human Nutrition Research (MRC HNR) and, from September 2016, the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (MRC EWL).

Over the last two years research groups from MRC HNR and MRC EWL have transferred to Cambridge and other UK Universities to continue their MRC-funded nutrition research. Work on the National Diet and Nutrition Survey and other key nutrition measurement capabilities will continue at the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre nutrition, diet and lifestyle research theme.

MRC EWL Director, Professor Ann Prentice said:

“The scientific achievements over the last 80 years would not have been possible without the exceptional dedication and expertise from all the staff who worked for these MRC units, and who made such major contributions to advancing nutritional knowledge over the decades. We would also like to thank all our volunteers who have taken part in our research over the years. Much of our work wouldn’t have been possible without their valued contribution.”

From December 21, the MRC EWL website will no longer be available.

Previous versions of MRC HNR and MRC EWL websites have been captured and archived at various time points and can be found on the Internet Archive.