Howard Foundation

(Reg UK Charity
No 285822)

Established 1982



Aims of the Foundation ...

The Howard Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1982. The aims of the Foundation are to provide funding for
  • biomedical research in the fields of
    1. obesity
    2. nutrition
    3. key areas of health
  • research into the means of relieving malnutrition, especially in undeveloped countries
  • for the construction and maintenance of buildings at Downing College, Cambridge
  • for the construction and establishment of a cultural centre in the City of Cambridge


Downing College
Donations to Downing College, Cambridge to fund construction of The Howard Building, a conference hall, completed in 1987. Later support led to Howard Court, student accommodation, completed in 1994. Several international scientific meetings have been held at Downing College with the support and sponsorship of the Foundation. In Autumn 2007 the Foundation donated £7 million to Downing College to fund the construction of a multi-purpose Theatre to include dining, break-out, practice and storage rooms, also designed by the neo-classical architect Quinlan Terry.  Construction started immediately with completion and handover to the college in December 2009.

Howard Foundation Research
Established in 1986 to carry out scientific research into low calorie diets, the HFR has published numerous scientific papers, most notably "The Swansea Trial" edited by Dr S N Kreitzman and Dr A Howard. HFR now works with the National Health Service on obesity programmes.

COAG Laboratory
Based at Papworth Hospital, near Cambridge, the COAG Trace Elements Laboratory ran from 1991 to 2000 carrying out research into aspects of nutrition and health, especially the prevention of coronary heart disease. The equipment has since been transferred to the University of Ulster and the University Hospital in Poznan, Poland, for the continuation of research programmes.

Human Nutrition
The Howard Foundation Chair in Human Nutrition was established at the University of Ulster in 1993. Post is currently held by Professor D I Thurnham.

Additional research has been supported at

  • Charing Cross Hospital
  • Guys Hospital
  • Hope Hospital, Salford
  • Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • Institute of Science and Technology
  • St George's Hospital, London
  • Universities of Swansea, Leeds and Liverpool
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Wales
  • Waterford Institute of Technology, Southern Ireland

International meetings on low calorie diets have been supported in

  • Israel 1986
  • Cambridge 1989
  • Japan 1990

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