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Royal Irish Academy Honours Head of Food Research

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) elected Paul Ross, the Head of Food Research at Teagasc for admission today (4pm, Friday, 28 May 2010) in recognition of his academic achievement. This is the Academy’s 225th admission of new Members since it was founded in 1785.

Paul Ross was among only 24 academics on the island of Ireland to achieve this highest academic distinction.

Professor Nicholas Canny, President of the RIA, said that this group ‘is as accomplished and as academically diverse as any cohort elected since our founding members signed the roll in1785’.

He also said that the promotion of research within universities must be related to, and integrated with, their teaching mission. Prof. Canny went on to note that if government funding to support research is predicated to occur only where this funding can ‘be seen to promote innovation, enterprise and immediate job creation, it would be better [to enforce such a model] in stand-alone research institutes rather than through cross-subsidisation from the teaching mission of higher-research institutions’. Paul Ross has earned an international reputation as scientist in the areas of food microbiology, functional foods and genomics. In a 25 year research career he has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers. Ross is head of Food Research at Teagasc and has led the development of the biotechnology programme at Moorepark and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at UCC.

About the Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is Ireland’s premier learned body and vigorously promotes excellence in scholarship, recognises achievements in learning, direct research programmes and undertakes its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage.

The Academy now has 441 Members across the disciplines of the sciences, humanities and social sciences and in its entire history only 2,833 people have been Members.

Competition for election to membership is keen as it is the premiere academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of the highest academic achievement. Those elected are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ after their name.

Further Information

Caoimhe Graham Communications & Marketing Assistant, Royal Irish Academy
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