We are concerned with defining causes of cancer within New Zealand and establishing
ways of protecting the population against this. Particular interests concern properties
of food plants and plant components, and their mechanisms of action in cancer protection.
Specific materials range from dietary fibre polysaccharides to phenolic components
(including antioxidants). The current expertise includes in vitro fractionation
and characterisation of active components through to whole animal studies demonstrating
protective effects. Mechanistic studies include genotoxic events through to effects