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Centre for Free Radical Research

Advancing health by exploring the biology of free radicals and antioxidants

We are an internationally-recognised leader in the field of free radical research. We apply basic scientific knowledge to underpin research into the roles of free radicals and antioxidants in human health and disease.

Our mission is to discover how free radicals and antioxidants work inside the body and how this knowledge can be used to diagnose and treat human disease and maintain optimal health.

Our Research

What are Free Radicals?

Free radicals are reactive chemicals that are continually made inside our body. Some free radicals play important roles in health, helping to fight infection and transmit signals within cells. However, uncontrolled production of free radicals can cause damage to cells and contribute to disease.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants provide protection against excessive levels of free radicals and ensure that free radical levels are kept in a finely-tuned balance. We obtain some antioxidants from our diet, but our body also makes a large number of antioxidants.