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Wednesday, June 16 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
The Microbiome - Improving Health, Food Systems and Economic Prosperity. Convened by APC Microbiome Ireland

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Our session aims to be interactive -- we encourage your perspectives and questions!
  • Welcome Remarks Professor Paul Ross, Director APC Microbiome Ireland
  • Role of Science and Higher Education to improve health, food systems and prosperity. H.E Intisar El-Zein Soughayroun. Minister for Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan.
  • Value of EU and Sudanese interdisciplinary Research and Innovation Cooperation. Professor Imad Elimairi. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, African Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Association [Video]
  • Case Study: EU investment in Science Research in Sudan & Microbe role in AfricaAmel Sami, Lecturer, National Ribat University. Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Microbiome & Global Challenges and Sustainble Development GoalsProfessor Paul O’Toole. Head of Microbiology. University College Cork. Ireland
  • Urbanisation and economic disadvantage influences early life immune imprinting - Dr. Nonhlanhla Lunjani, University of Cape Town
  • Harnessing African Biodiversity to leapfrog innovation. Dr. Thulani Makhalanyane. Deputy Director Centre for Microbial Ecology & Genomics. University of Pretoria
  • African Fermented Food MicrobiomesProfessor Paul Cotter. Head of Food Biosciences Department, Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc)
  • Interactive discussion
Moderator: Saba Loftus, Sustainability and EU Grants Manager. APC Microbiome Ireland.
Rapporteur: Victoria Spillane, APC Microbiome Ireland.

This event will convene scientists, business leaders and policy makers from Africa and Europe to discuss taking science solutions from the lab (or research level) to the end users (such as consumers, regulators and food producers).

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As part of the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit, APC Microbiome Ireland are convening a UN Food Systems Dialogue discussing the interface of food and health. Attention has grown in recent years to the role of microbiome and biotechnology research in achieving societal challenges, specifically the SDGs. The microbiomes are the predominant form of life on the planet, in both numbers and total biomass. They can be found in and on the human body, on land and sea – even within the most hostile environments incompatible with most forms of life. It is increasingly apparent that microbes provide ecosystems services that are crucial to local and global sustainability.  Societies worldwide face unprecedented challenges that threaten the future of human life as well as the planet’s ecosystems. The ‘Global Challenges’ include biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, climate change, energy demands, population growth.

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Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, Khartounm
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum 1991-2022, Sudan. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. My particular interest in my field includetheoretical archaeology, Medieval civilization , heritage management... Read More →
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Saba Loftus

Philanthropy and Sustainability Manager, APC Microbome Ireland
I am passionate about food system transformation, sustainable development and equity. My career has ranged from Amazon.com to the Amazon rainforest. My expertise is in Sustainable Development and strategic operations management. I hold a Masters degree in Business Studies.
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Thulani Makhalanyane

Deputy Director, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics
I received my undergraduate education at the North West University (Mafikeng Campus), where I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology. My honours degree project involved assessing ground water quality in the North West province, and represented my first foray into research... Read More →
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Nonhlanhla Lunjani

Physician scientist, University of Cape Town
Dr Nonhlanhla Lunjani is a Clinician Scientist at the University of Cape Town working in the overlapping fields of allergy and immunology. Her primary research interests are focused on understanding the complex mechanisms of atopic dermatitis. In particular, she is interested in early... Read More →
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Paul Cotter

Principal Investigator, Head of Department, Food Biosciences, Teagasc
Paul graduated from UCC with a BSc and PhD in Microbiology and lectured at CIT and UCC before being appointed as a Principal Research Officer, and more recently a Senior Principal Research Officer, at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, where he also manages the APC DNA sequencing... Read More →
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Paul O'Toole

Principal Investigator,, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork
Following positions in Sweden, Canada, New Zealand and the US, Paul O’Toole is Professor of Microbial Genomics and Head of Microbiology at University College Cork, Ireland. His main research theme is on the genomics of gastrointestinal bacteria in humans with emphasis on lactobacillus... Read More →
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Amel Sami

National Ribat University
Amel Sami’s research focus is the microbiome and dentistry particularly related to the Sudanese population. She holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (honours) degree from University College Cork (National University of Ireland). In 2012, she completed her MSc in Oral Medicine from... Read More →
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Paul Ross

Professor, Director, APC
I graduated from UCC with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Microbiology, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Following postdoctoral research and an Assistant Professorship at Wake Forest University, NC, I moved to Teagasc’s Moorepark Food Research Centre to lead the Food Biotechnology programme... Read More →
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Dr Omeima Salih

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ahfad University for Women , Omdurman, Sudan
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Imad Elimairi

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, African oral and maxillofacial surgical association
Professor Imad Elimairi - Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and President of the African oral and maxillofacial surgical association. Former Dean of the dental faculty National Ribat University. Professor Elimairi is a renowned surgeon who has dedicated his life to integrating... Read More →

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