Chief Assist. Prof. Neshe Nazifova-Tasinova
from the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics at
MU-Varna participated in a research exchange with University College Dublin.
three weeks she has been trained in Metabolic Analysis Methods at the
Metabolology Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Lorraine Brennan, a Professor
at the Institute of Food and Health at Dublin University. Together with the laboratory
team, Ch. Assist.
Prof. Nazifova has evaluated
the metabolic status of volunteers who took part in three different interventions with herbs at the
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics at MU -
Varna. Using nuclear magnetic resonance, all low-molecular-weight
metabolites were screened in participants' blood samples, and
the received data were processed. A
detailed analysis of the results and the correlation with previously obtained results from
other analyzes, carried out at MU-Varna, are to be carried out in cooperation with the scientists from Dublin.
Prof. Brennan’s metabolology group is actively
nutritional interventions with various types of foods and diets. The aim is to
further analyze the metabolic status of individuals and to validate and
identify markers for dietary assessment. In this way, the effect of interventions
on metabolism and health is monitored. Due to its high specialization,
knowledge and extensive experience in this field, the
Metabolology Laboratory at Dublin University is a preferred destination for
such analyzes to be carried out by scientists from across Europe.
This scientific exchange was funded by the European
Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO), with Medical University – Varna being its full
member. This year's third round of exchanges is targeted at promoting the collaboration
among NuGO members. Ch. Assist. Prof. Nazifova has won a NuGO scholarship for
2017 with her project.