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Renowned Researcher, Driver of Nutrigenomics Research Wins Alltech Medal of Excellnce

[Lexington, KENTUCKY] - Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronan Power will be the recipient of the 2008 Scientific Medal of Excellence to be presented at Alltech's 24th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium in April 2008. Dr. Power will be honored for his work in advancing the use of Nutrigenomics and gene expression profiling, as tools for improving nutritional strategies in both animals and humans.

Dr. Power is currently the director of research and serves as director of the Nutrigenomics Center at Alltech's North American Biosciences Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He also oversees work in Alltech's European Biosciences Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland, and provides basic leadership for external molecular research programs around the world.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder, Alltech; Dr. Ronan Power, director of research, Alltech; and Dr. Karl Dawson, director
Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder, Alltech; Dr. Ronan Power, director of research, Alltech; and Dr. Karl Dawson, director of worldwide research, Alltech, following the presentation of the 2008 Scientific Medal of Excellence.

"Dr. Ronan Power is one of the pre-eminent researchers in his field and we are lucky to have him on board at Alltech," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. "The Medal of Excellence is a prestigious award and I'm looking forward to presenting it to him at our Symposium."

Dr. Power received his B.S. in Microbiology and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland. Following this, he completed his Post-Doctoral training in Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he studied the structure-function relationships of avian steroid hormone receptors.

In 1991, Dr. Power joined Alltech as European Director of Research; initially based on the campus of University College Galway, where he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. He re-established Alltech's European Biosciences Centre at its headquarters in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. While in Ireland, Dr. Power maintained an active graduate student program, with 8 Ph.D. candidates and 15 M.Sc. candidates having successfully obtained their degrees directly through the European Biosciences Centre.

Dr. Power has broad research interests and has been the key organizer of many of the basic research programs that define the most appropriate applications for many of Alltech's hallmark products. These include:

  • The definition of the role of organic minerals and mineral proteinates in nutrient absorption processes
  • The development of a basic description of yeast cell wall products, their application and analysis
  • The characterization of novel enzymes and enzyme complexes

In recent years, Dr. Power has been the key architect of Alltech's Nutrigenomic research program, examining the effect of nutrition on gene expression. Through his work with collaborators, he has demonstrated the value of using Alltech's Sel-Plex? as a source of selenium and differentiated it from supplemental sources in the form of selenomethionine and inorganic selenium salts. He has also used a functional genomic approach to demonstrate the effects of organic forms of selenium on basic physiological processes associated with fertility in livestock and poultry, neurological degeneration, oxidative stress and energy metabolism. Dr. Power's work has provided clues into nutritional mechanisms that can be used to alter the aging process and has resulted in four provisional patents on applications of selenium yeast in altering key metabolic processes.

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