New TV series: Young scientists and food
Danish TV channel TV2 / Lorry brings a TV series about 3 young food scientists from UCPH FOOD, who explores food and how it affects us. You can watch the TV series with English subtitles at the University of Copenhagen's video channel.
Episode 1 – Can taste help to change the world?
We follow Nicoline Rosenvold while she and three other students present their newly developed non-alcoholic drinks to Carlsberg. She talks about our five basic tastes and about the dynamics of taste. Nicoline is currently writing a thesis under the Master's program in Food Innovation and Health at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD). In the program, students engage in e.g. sensory science, including the importance of taste on the population level.
Episode 2 – Daniel powers up the milk-making process
The milk is heat treated by pasteurization to avoid bacteria that can make us sick. But pasteurization damages vitamins, proteins and flavors. Therefore, as part of his PhD thesis at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD), Daniel Munk is trying to make the raw milk safe to drink by giving it 20,000 volts of electricity instead. But the ways of science can be mysterious…
Episode 3 – Can a virus from poop make us thinner?
PhD student Torben Sølbeck Rasmussen works in a laboratory at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD), which is called "Poop Lab". Here he makes a shit extract of viruses from thin mice, which he hopes can make thick mice thinner. If the treatment is successful and can later be transmitted to humans, it has a huge potential. Although we know that the gut microbiome has a large impact on a wide range of diseases, fecal transplantation from a healthy donor to a sick recipient is used to a limited extent today, as there may be some risks. The new approach removes some of the risk and the hope is that over time the method can be developed into a completely safe treatment.
Premiere at TV2 / Lorry's "Kanalen":
Communications officer at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD), Lene Hundborg Koss, firstname.lastname@example.org