PhD Student scoops award at international conference


Nur​udeen Hassan pictured at the International Conference of Functional Food Centre.

A final year PhD student at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences has recently been honoured at the International Conference of Functional Food Centre.

Nurudeen Hassan was acknowledged for his talk and paper about the role of the popular Asian and middle-eastern spice, fenugreek seeds, on diabetes-related inflammation using cellular models.

The conference, which was held at Harvard Medical School, brought together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases.

Nurudeen was awarded the latest edition of the book ‘Introduction to Functional Food Science’ and one-year membership of the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. 

Nurudeen commented:

It was a huge privilege to have my work recognised at a global conference of this calibre.

“Cardiff Met has provided me with the best possible environment to progress with my PhD studies and I would like to thank my team of supervisors Professor Keith Morris, Dr Maninder Ahluwalia and Dr Cathryn Withycombe for all their support.”

Professor Keith Morris added:

"I would like to congratulate Nurudeen on his achievements at the International Conference of Functional Food Centre.

“His work is highly exciting as it suggests a possible mechanism by which fenugreek is beneficial in the prevention of diabetes and atherosclerosis and informs us further on how this spice could be beneficial in a wide range of other diseases.”

Nurudeen undertook his Biomedical Science degree at Cardiff Met, before moving to Cardiff University to study for his Masters in Cancer Biology. In 2013, he returned to Cardiff Met to work with Professor Keith Morris.