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Specialist from MU-Varna Participated in Research Exchange at University College Dublin

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.

For 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 involved in 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.