KESS 2 MPhil in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Creating a health promoting blend of tea
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University
Project ID: CUK269
Annual Stipend: Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Application Deadline: 31 May 2018
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.
In partnership with Welsh Brew tea we will develop a health promoting blend of tea based on our research. In earlier studies we have identified varieties of tea capable of killing the gut pathogen Clostridium difficile which is currently the principal cause of hospital acquired infection. During a second project entitled “Apothecary Bee’s, using the bee as a tool for drug discovery“ we identified a number of honey samples and plants which also possessed antibacterial and antiviral properties. By combining selected tea varieties, honey and plants identified from our studies, we will create a blend of tea with the potential to be developed as a health promoting beverage.
In addition to maximising the antimicrobial properties of the blend we will also optmise its Salicylic acid content. Low dose aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) prevent heart attacks and strokes in high risk patient groups and has been proposed as an agent for cancer prevention and treatment. In the UK, food is the major source of natural salicylates and it has been suggested that the relatively high rates of Cardiovascular disease and cancer in the population is due in part to a diet which lacks salicylates. Teas are an important source of dietary salicylate and thus as part of this project we will develop a blend in which the level of salicylates have been optimised to promote health.
Finally, we will develop a marketing strategy which highlights the link with the universities research and maximises the chances of the product being a commercial success.
To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the convergence area of Wales (West Wales and the Valleys) on registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.