The N4H Research Group

N4H, our goals and aims

The N4H Research Group is a collective of scientists who were originally selected to conduct a science due diligence project for nucleotide research. This was funded by the North West Development Agency.

Part of the remit for this project was that the published research and information would eventually be posted on the web, to be available for all.

Although the science due diligence project is now complete as far as the original remit we, the scientists involved, have become excited by the great potential of nucleotides. There was far more published work out there than we expected, and having brought all the research together in one place we are keen to see if there is any more out there - and even keener to ensure that even more is produced in the future!

Who we are

Gordon Nelson BSc (Hons) Phd

Gordon is a Biochemistry graduate from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow in 1982. He obtained his PhD in 1985 from the University of Birmingham where he researched the protein chemistry of beer and yeast enzymology during fermentation.

He later worked in contract research and development within the British Textile Technology Group specialising in biotechnology and materials, research and testing. In the late 1990s he founded Micap plc an AIM listed micro-encapsulation service provider working primarily on flavour and drug delivery. Gordon has a major interest in the targeted delivery of active ingredients within the digestive tract.

Robert Verkerk BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD

Robert is an internationally acclaimed expert in agricultural, environmental and health sustainability, environmental toxicology, nutritional science and risk assessment. During the course of his work over the last 24 years, he has focused on a diverse array of issues ranging from environmental protection, to reducing pesticide and synthetic chemical inputs in homes and in agriculture; from the development of new methodologies for the assessment of natural product safety through to sustainable healthcare systems. 

Following his first degree in ecology, he spent some 10 years at Imperial College London, first as a student, undertaking both his Masters and PhD degrees, before going on to some 7 years as a postdoctoral Research Fellow. He has worked extensively in Australia, Africa, Central and South East Asia, and has regularly acted as an advisor to governments and development agencies.

Claire Loades, BSc (Hons) RNutr PgCert

Claire graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours degree in Nutrition in 2003. She recently graduated from Coventry University with a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition. 

Claire specialises in sports nutrition but also has a particular interest in food labelling legislation, nutritional analysis, food composition and nutrient standards for schools. 

She has worked on television programs, written articles for publications aimed at health professionals and magazines for the general public, contributed to books and acted as a consultant to numerous food manufacturers and retailers.