Award for ICAR-CIFT Team of Scientists
The team of Scientists comprising Dr. Suseela Mathew, Dr. A.A. Zynudheen, Dr. R Anandan, Dr. George Ninan, Principal Scientists, Dr. K.K. Asha, Senior Scientist and Dr. N.S. Chatterjee, Scientists from the Biochemistry & Nutrition and the Fish Processing Divisions of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin bagged the K. Chidambaram Memorial Annual Award-2015 for significant contribution in development of value-added fisheries products. The award was given in a simple function held at Chennai on 16 July, 2016. The award has been instituted by the Fisheries Technocrats’ Forum, Chennai. The team did extensive work towards development of processes, methodologies and products of nutritional and health significance from marine sources. The concept of wealth from waste has been the focus of research and several bioactive compounds extracted and characterized are now in use in the form of tried and tested technologies. The team have also developed analytical methodologies for quality control of fish and fisheries products. PUFA soft gelatin capsules, an enriched source of heart-healthy omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid from sardine oil and collagen and chitosan from fish processing discards, having successful application in dental industry were developed and commercialized. Collagen and chitosan hydrogel and hand sanitizer created in combination with wound-healing and antimicrobial constituents, respectively show great promise as commercial products. Nutritional and health benefits of fish and its constituents like shark liver oil, PUFA, taurine, squalene, chitosan, chitosan derivatives have been well established through rigorous animal experiments. Advisories in this regard are issued regularly and the findings are communicated to leading journals.
The award winning team with other dignitaries (L to R: Dr. Chatterjee,
Dr. Zynudheen, Dr. Asha and Dr. Suseela Mathew)