Inaugural John E Kinsella Memorial Lecture held in Washington DC

29 September 2014 

On Wednesday 24th September 2014, the UCD Institute of Food and Health and the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute held the inaugural John E. Kinsella Memorial Symposium at the Embassy.

During the symposium Dr Catherine Woteki delivered the inaugural John E. Kinsella Memorial Lecture. Dr Woteki, Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a leading internationally renowned figure in the area of nutrition, food safety, and health research and policy, who has applied her knowledge and expertise across academia, industry and government.

Speaking after the event Dr Woteki said, “It was a privilege to give the first lecture named in honour of my friend and colleague, John Kinsella. Woteki added, “John would be thrilled to see the advancements we’ve made in food and agriculture research, and thanks to his great work, his legacy will continue to shape trends in agriculture.”

This symposium, which in future will be held in either Dublin or California, has been established by the UCD Institute of Food and Health and the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute to strengthen and broaden the already well established strategic links between both institutions in the area of food and health.

Professor Dolores O’Riordan, Director, UCD Institute of Food and Health said, “The symposium highlights the excellent synergies between the research programmes of both universities, particularly in the area of milk research. This coupled with the strong innovation led ethos of both research teams, ensures that our scientific discoveries will translate into positive impacts for industry and society. This is particularly timely in light of Ireland’s ambitious plans for expansion of its dairy industry by 2020.”

Professor Bruce German, Director, UC Davis Foods for Health Institute said, “The challenges facing agriculture, food and health are substantial and will require that the world's great institutions step forward and address them together, as bold, innovative collaborations. UC Davis and UCD are stepping forward and we are very excited by the possibilities that such an inspiring relationship will bring to this challenge.”

The symposium included a series of presentations by leading researchers from both universities discussing current and emerging advances and technologies in the area of dairy research.

Pictured at the John E Kinsella Memorial Lecutre: Prof Orla Feely, VP for Research,

Innovation and Impact, UCD; Dr Paul Dodd Associate Vice-Chancellor for Interdisciplinary

Research and Strategic Initiatives, University of California, Davis; Dr Catherine Woteki,

Chief Scientist, USDA; Prof Dolores O'Riordan, Director, UCD Institute of Food and Health;

Prof Bruce German, Director, UC Davis Foods for Health Institute.