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Scientist receives prestigious award at US conference

Dr. Margaret Patterson

A LOCAL scientist, Dr. Margaret Patterson of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), has received an award for professionalism and contributions to food science, especially through her work on food processing. Margaret, from Carryduff, was presented with the prestigious award during the Institute of Food Technologists conference in Chicago attended by 18,000 delegates. She is the first person from the United Kingdom to receive this award.

"It is great to have the work of the AFBI research team recognised internationally and it is a good news story for NI" she said. Margaret is a Principal Scientific Officer within AFBI and is leading a research programme on novel processing techniques to improve food safety and quality, especially through the use of high pressure technology. AFBI's food research facilities are unique within Europe and this research team is working closely with a number of food companies and other scientific institutes within UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

Ulster Star