Raine Visiting Professor Lecture – 19 October 2016

Professor Ro Osawa

Department of Bioresource Science, Kobe University, Japan

will present a Raine Lecture entitled:

Evaluation of functionality and safety of food components by human intestinal models: Kobe University’s approach

on 19 October 2016 at 1.00 pm

as part of the Microbiome Symposium (NSA Perth Group)

at Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

All welcome

Professor Osawa is from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Bioresource Science, and is the Director of the Research Center for Food Safety and Security, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University. He is also holding a Professorship for the Division of Bacteriology, Graduate School of Medicine at Kobe University. He has had an extensive career in Bacteriology, studying a wide range of bacteria from pathogenic (e.g. E. coli O157, Vibrio cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus, Streptococcus suis, S. gallolyticus) to probiotic (e.g. lactobacilli and bifidobacteria), a corresponding range of hosts from koala to human, and again a corresponding range of professional careers from a Research Director of a zoo to a chief investigator for a Japanese human health laboratory.

Professor Osawa is involved in the development of technologies to ensure “traceability” of pathogenic bacterial endangering safety of foods and agricultural products in the course of “from stable to table”, but also development of safe and effective probiotics to promote health of both human and animals. Professor Osawa is currently a Unit leader for Innovative BioProduction KOBE supported by Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, MEXT, Japan, developing a human intestinal model for the most practical evaluation of functionality and safety of food components. He is currently a collaborative researcher for The US-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program.

University Host:
Professor Kevin Croft
School of Medicine and Pharmacology
The University of Western Australia
Telephone: 9224 0275
Email: kevin.croft@uwa.edu.au