LJMU student success at 'Young Scientist' competition
01 April 2011
The annual IFST (Institute of Food Science & Technology) ‘Young Scientist’ was recently held at LJMU, hosted by the LJMU Food & Nutrition programme team.
Students from universities across the North of England (including LJMU; Huddersfield University; and the University of Leeds) were selected to present work based on current or recently completed projects (within areas related to Food Science, Food Technology and Human Nutrition).
LJMU student Sarah Smith from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences won the postgraduate prize with her presentation on ‘Aged Garlic Extract: A possible preventative therapy for thrombotic events’; which is based on the collaborative work she and her supervisors (Prof. Kalid Rahman and Dr Gordon Lowe) are undertaking with Wakunaga of America Co. Ltd.
The undergraduate student prize was awarded to Sara Walls from the University of Huddersfield for the work she had been doing in collaboration with Seabrook Crisps (Bradford) on the ‘Development of reducing sugars in potatoes during storage’.
Both students were awarded prizes (sponsored by the Society of Chemical Industry) of £200 plus 1 year membership of the IFST. The winners will also be invited to publish a paper on their research in ‘Food Science and Technology’ and to join the SCI’s Young Ambassadors programme.
This year’s judging panel was chaired by Justine Fosh (Director, National Skills Academy for Food & Drink), and included: Andy Kerridge, Society of Chemical Industries (Food Commodities & Ingredients Group); Trevor Rhodes, Chair SCI Liverpool & NW; and Nicola Evans, Heart of Mersey Food & Nutrition Programme Manager.
A bottle of champagne was also presented to LJMU undergraduate student Andrew Laird (Food & Nutrition) for winning the audience vote for best presentation (‘The development of an in vitro method to measure the release of water soluble components from texture modified fluids’).
Dr Leo Stevenson (Reader in Food Science) commented "the standard of presentation from students was very impressive. It was also good to see LJMU students performing so well against students from other universities." This is the second year in a row that LJMU students have won the postgraduate section in this competition.