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Each year, foodborne diseases are estimated by the World Health Organization to cause approximately 600 million illnesses and 420,000 deaths globally. A third of the deaths occur in children less than 5 years of age. Ongoing, large foodborne outbreaks, such as the recent listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has caused at least 982 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases and 189 deaths, have highlighted the need for more modern and rapid approaches to improve the safety of the global food supply. A recent concept -Precision Food Safety, is now being proposed as a potential strategy to develop new tailored responses to address food safety challenges.

The UCD Institute of Food and Health is delighted to host this special lecture given by Professor Lawrence D. Goodridge. the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety, McGill University, Quebec, in collaboration with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Prof Goodridge will provide an overview of the use of microbial phenogenomics to develop precision food safety tools, with an emphasis on tools to improve microbial risk assessment and biofilm mitigation.

The lecture will commence at 10.30 am with refreshments served from 10.00 am.


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Larry Goodridge is an Associate Professor and currently holds the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He also directs the Food Safety and Quality Program at McGill. Dr. Goodridge received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph with a major emphasis in Food Microbiology and Food Safety. He holds degrees in Microbiology (BSc) and Food Science (MSc) from the same university.

Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Georgia, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Wyoming in 2003, and Colorado State University in 2006. Dr. Goodridge’s primary research interests include the use of genomics to study foodborne and waterborne pathogens with an emphasis on bacterial pathogens including Salmonella spp, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes. Specifically, Dr. Goodridge employs genomic approaches to develop strain-specific risk assessment approaches, more sensitive diagnostics, and natural control methods to increase the safety foods.

Dr. Goodridge has a long history of international research and service. He served as the Academic co-chair of the Food Safety Technical Working Group of the World Bank’s Global Food Safety Partnership, and on The National Academies: National Research Council Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in FSIS Food Safety Programs. He is a member of the International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Method Validation, The United States National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, and the Health Canada Food Expert Advisory Committee. Dr. Goodridge also serves as Chair of the Membership Committee of the International Association for Food Protection and serves on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals related to food safety and food production.

Dr. Goodridge has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters and has presented his research at numerous international conferences . He is regularly interviewed by the print and radio media on topics of food safety importance.

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