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Functional Foods Research Group (FFRG)

Display of a range of functional foods

Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland

The Functional Foods Research Group (FFRG) focuses on development of functional foods as treatments to reverse chronic inflammatory diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, fatty liver, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and kidney damage. FFRG's major focus has been on rats fed a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to mimic human obesity to investigate whether the abdominal fat decreases, the increased blood pressure is normalised, the heart and liver structure and function return to normal, and blood glucose concentrations return to normal. Dietary interventions include Queen Garnet plums, purple carrots, chia seeds, ellagitannins, cardamom and seaweeds. Translation of these results is an important aspect. FFRG is now moving towards human intervention trials with functional foods. FFRG is continuing to identify potential functional foods for human intervention trials in inflammatory and metabolic diseases.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Functional foods testing
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Diet-induced obesity in rats
  • Adjuvant-induced arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease in rats
  • Rat models of human disease
  • Translational studies in humans
  • Functional foods for elderly

Facilities and major equipment

  • Measurement of physiological, cardiovascular and metabolic parameters
  • Animal house facility
  • Dual energy X-ray absorptiometer
  • Histopathology

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Building Q, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, 4350

Lead researcher

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
3 June 2019