UCC and Teagasc Moorepark food researchers in top 20 of global list

SIX senior level Cork-based food researchers have been named in the top 20 of 15,000 specialist authors in a global list compiled by the global ratings agency, Thomson Reuters Science Watch.

All based with either UCC or Teagasc, the six scientists are: Professor Fergus Shanahan, Prof Gerald Fitzgerald, Dr Liam O’Mahony and Prof Kevin Collins, all from UCC; plus Prof Paul Ross and Dr Catherine Stanton from Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork.

Even more encouragingly for UCC, the Cork college is listed at number two in the world for probiotics research, due primarily to work published by the past and present researchers in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), a research hub funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

SFI director general John Travers said: “Global Industry Analysts have predicted that the global probiotics food market will be worth $30 billion (€20bn) by 2015, even though the industry is still in its infancy.

“This market has huge potential economic benefit to Ireland. The APC’s role is to put rigorous science behind the mode of action and health claims of probiotics.”

The APC, a centre for gut health, is a collaboration among basic scientists and physician-scientists at UCC, Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark, and CIT.

Along with SFI funding, APC food scientists have won grants from Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Agriculture, the Health Research Board, the HEA, from industries and the EU.

APC researchers have filed for 23 patents and have negotiated four licences.

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