Lawrence Goodridge, McGill University, will present Flaherty Lecture on Wednesday, 25th April at 10 am in FSA

April 18, 2018

Professor Lawrence D Goodridge is a Flaherty Visiting Professor for 2017/18 and is visiting UCD.  He holds the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety in McGill University.

He will present his Flaherty Lecture, in collaboration with the UCD Institute of Food and Health and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, entitled:

Microbial phenogenomics: Precision food safety solutions for the global food supply

Time:  10:30 h (refreshments served from 10:00 h) – 11:30 h

Location:  Food Safety Authority of Ireland The Exchange, George’s Dock, IFSC, D01 P2V6, Dublin 1.

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Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Abstract:      Each year, foodborne diseases are estimated by the World Health Organization to cause approximately 600 million illnesses and 420,000 deaths globally. A third of the deaths occur in children less than 5 years of age. Ongoing, large foodborne outbreaks, such as the recent listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has caused at least 982 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases and 189 deaths, have highlighted the need for more modern and rapid approaches to improve the safety of the global food supply. A recent concept -Precision Food Safety, is now being proposed as a potential strategy to develop new tailored responses to address food safety challenges.

This presentation, given by Professor Lawrence D. Goodridge (Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety, McGill University, Quebec), will provide an overview of the use of microbial phenogenomics to develop precision food safety tools, with an emphasis on tools to improve microbial risk assessment and biofilm mitigation.