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Research project: Partnership for Improvement & Innovation in Dietary Assessment Technology (DIET@NET)

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DIETary Assessment Tool NETwork (DIET@NET) is a partnership funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council which brings together a core group of experts in the field of dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, public health and clinical studies from eight universities and institutions in the UK (University of Leeds, Imperial College London, Institute of Food Research, MRC Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in Southampton, University of Bristol, University of Oxford, University of Southampton).

Related research groups

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

To help improve the quality, consistency and comparability of dietary data in epidemiological and clinical studies, DIET@NET aims to:

  • establish expert consensus on best practice guidelines for the collection and analysis of dietary intake data in population and clinical studies;
  • create an interactive web-site,, to guide researchers to an e-library of validated, expert-reviewed Dietary Assessment Tools (DATs);
  • provide online access to DATs with, where possible, an online facility for data entry and ‘real time’ food/nutrient analysis;
  • develop a Food Questionnaire creator and provide links to useful dietary assessment resources.


Principal investigator – Prof Janet Cade (University of Leeds)

Local co-investigators: Dr Nisreen Alwan, Prof Sian Robinson, Prof Barrie Margetts

Duration: September 2014 – September 2017

Funder: MRC (£866,274)

Grant no: MR/L02019X/1


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