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Professor Gerald Tannock receives Government funding for infant formula project

Professor Tannock has received $1,000,000 in funding over two years to develop products for infant formula that closely simulate the action of Human Milk Oligosaccharides, boosting the abundance of bifidobacteria in the gut.

It is one of six innovative University of Otago-led projects being supported through the ‘health and society’, ‘high-value manufacturing and services’, and ‘biological industries’ funds administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

The funding will allow the Tannock Lab to determine whether the effects seen in laboratory experiments can be validated in animal experiments, as well as testing the safety and acceptability of the products for human consumption.

Read the press release on the University of Otago website

Posted by Jo Cramond on 12/09/2014 at 12:00 AM

Dr Michelle McConnell interviewed on ‘Our Changing World’

Dr Michelle McConnell featured on this week’s episode of Our Changing World, Radio New Zealand’s science programme, in a story covering a collaborative project with the Department of Pharmacy that is exploring the use of wine industry waste products for medical dressings and meat wraps.

The polyphenols found in grape seeds and skins have been shown to have antibacterial properties, so may assist with healing and preservation when incorporated into nano-fibre fabric.

Listen to the broadcast on the Radio New Zealand website

Read more about the research in the University of Otago magazine

Posted by Jo Cramond on 5/09/2014 at 12:00 AM