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CIT to push the boundaries of food research

Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 5:28pm

Arguably, there has never been such a high level of interest and knowledge in and about food. Food science, as a result is an area of great growth and CIT have responded to this by launching a new research group.

Senator Jerry Buttimer, on behalf of the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney, recently launched Cork Institute of Technology’s NutRI Research Group. NutRI, or Nutrition Research and Innovation, is a newly designated research and innovation group from the Department of Biological Sciences.

NutRI is a multidisciplinary research group comprised of experienced nutrition scientists, food scientists, microbiologists, biochemists and biomedical scientists.

Collectively these researchers have in excess of 200 publications published in the last five years.

The group was established to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration in gaining a deeper understanding of the role of food and nutrition in human health. NutRI’s expertise and scholarly interests are in the areas of food bioactives, new product development, food safety, food derived anti-microbials, healthy aging, intervention trials and nutrition surveillance.

Made up of three key research areas: food innovation; food microbiology and public health nutrition, NutRI’s aim is to address a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Good Health and Well-Being, by delivering innovative solutions to these global challenges through direct engagement with industry and society.

Such collaborations have the ability to drive industry and innovate and foster good engagement with CIT. Engagement with industry allows integration of the research base and enterprise, ensures research is feasible and remains relevant.

Currently there are more than 50 postgrads linked to the NutRI Team.

Through funding awarded by Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Health Research Board, The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, CIT Rísam Scholarships and the Marine Institute (Cullen Fellowship), NutRI will help develop Ireland’s capability to manufacture safe, value-added and innovative functional foods.

NutRI has undergone a rigorous process of peer review to ensure that it has the expertise, capacity, and relevance to thrive in a world where the production of good quality nutritious food from strained resources is of increasing importance to us all.

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