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Christine Loscher, PhD

Associate Professor of Immunology
Director of BioAnalysis & Therapeutic Structured PhD Programme (DCU, RCSI, NUIM, ITTD, DkIT, AIT)
Lead - DCU's Healthy Citizen 21 fundraising campaign
Head of Immunomodulation Research Group
Senior Lecturer in Immunology, School of Biotechnology
Dublin City University
Dublin
Ireland

Professor Christine Loscher completed her PhD in Immunology at NUI, Maynooth in 2000 and was awarded a Health Research Board Fellowship to pursue her postdoctoral studies at Trinity College Dublin. In 2003 she moved to the Institute of Molecular Medicine at St James Hospital to continue her research and then was appointed to a permanent academic position at Dublin City University in 2005. She leads the Immunomodulation Research Group at DCU which has a focus on translating how modulation of the immune response has health benefits. Her focus includes discovering new anti-inflammatory/anti-allergic compounds and ingredients that can be used in the pharma and food industry. She is a Principal Investigator in the Food for Health Ireland Technology Centre and served on the Scientific Advisory Council at Kerry Foods from 2015 to 2017. She has developed significant expertise in commercial research and industry engagement and has secured over €5.5M in external funding for her research. She recently led a €16M project to build a Nano-Bioanalytical Research Facility at DCU which is used now by more than 30 research groups across the University. In 2014 she was named in Silicon Republics top 100 Women in STEM and in 2015 she was a speaker at InspireFest. In 2016 she delivered a TEDx talk to communicate her views on the Future of Food and in 2018 she was included in Silicon Republic’s “22 high-flying scientists making the world a better place in 2019”. She is currently the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science & Health at DCU.
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Evelyn Jantscher-Krenn, PhD

Research Scientist
Medical University of Graz
Graz
Austria

Evelyn Jantscher-Krenn is a research fellow at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, with a strong background in glycobiology and neonatology/perinatology. Dr. Jantscher-Krenn received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Graz, studying glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis in inflammation. During her post-doctoral studies in the group of Dr. Lars Bode at UCSD, Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Jantscher-Krenn studied Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) and their roles for the breastfed infant. In 2014, Dr. Jantscher-Krenn received a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Commission to study HMOs in the novel context of pregnancy at the Medical University of Graz. She is currently building a research program investigating the roles of HMOs in maternal and fetal health and disease during pregnancy.
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Barbara Marriage, PhD, RD

Associate Director, Global Regulatory Science and Innovation
Abbott Nutrition
Columbus, Ohio
USA

Barbara Marriage is the Global Science Lead for Pediatric Specialty Nutrition and Senior Associate Research Fellow. She was previously an Associate Director in Global Regulatory Science and Innovation and Manager of the Pediatric Clinical Nutrition group in Scientific and Medical Affairs. In her present role she is responsible for clinical research and scientific support for the pediatric specialty products globally. Barbara received a BSc in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, an MSc in Nutrition and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta. Before joining Abbott in 2002, she worked for over 20 years as a clinical research dietitian with extensive experience in pediatric nutrition and management of patients and families with inborn errors of metabolism. Her research interests include early programming, childhood obesity, maternal health, allergy and inborn errors of metabolism. Dr Marriage has published over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters and newsletters, and has given many presentations on nutrition related topics.
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