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Joël Doré, lauréat 2016 de la Fondation Danisco. © Dupont

DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Excellence Medals for 2016 announced

The Danisco Foundation has awarded three science excellence medals for 2016. The winners of the medals are senior scientists broadly recognized by DuPont Nutrition & Health for scientific excellence with a remarkable record of accomplishment relevant to the food and nutrition industry.

Updated on 07/05/2016
Published on 07/05/2016

This year’s medalists are:  

  • DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Excellence Medal:

Juan de Pablo, Professor in Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago. Professor de Pablo was selected for his work determining and characterizing the process to stabilize live bacteria for survival and extended stability performance after freeze-drying.

  • DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Medal for Excellence in Microbial Research:

Joel Doré, INRA Research Director and co-director of the Joint Research Unit for Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health. Professor Doré was selected for his work studying the microbial ecosystem when it comes in contact with food and interpreting the dialogue that takes place between human cells and microorganisms. In particular, the role of microbiota in severe chronic diseases.

  • DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Medal for Excellence in Food Science 2016:

Ole G Mouritsen, Professor of Biophysics at the University of Southern Denmark and Director of the Memphys Center for Biomembrane Physics. Professor Mouritsen was selected for his role in combining theoretical, simulated and experimental research within the fields of physics, molecular biophysics, physical chemistry of macromolecules and biological membranes and the translation of this to food science.

The medalists received their awards at an event at the DuPont Global Food Research Center in Brabrand, Denmark today. In addition, each recipient addressed the global DuPont Nutrition & Health Technology & Innovation organization with a seminar to further the dialogue about their scientific breakthroughs and applications in the food and nutrition industry.

Angela Naef, DuPont Nutrition & Health’s Global Leader for Technology & Innovation, and Danisco Foundation board member commented: “Science-based innovation ultimately depends on fundamental research and so it is a great honor to be able to award these science excellence medals in recognition of the significant accomplishments and contributions each of this year’s awardees has made to the field of food and nutrition.”
The award, formerly known as the Danisco Prize, was founded in 2002 by the Danisco Foundation to help improve food products, notably industrially-produced foods. It was last awarded in 2010. The Danisco Foundation was established in 1981 and provides funding and grants to support predominantly food science and research.

Joël Doré receiving the DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Medal for Excellence in Microbial Research from Angela Naef, Global Leader Technology and Innovation DuPont Nutrition & Health. © Dupont
Joël Doré receiving the DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Medal for Excellence in Microbial Research from Angela Naef, Global Leader Technology and Innovation DuPont Nutrition & Health © Dupont

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