The four year European Joint Doctorate in Molecular Animal Nutrition (MANNA) is a European network whose mission is to provide a European Double Doctorate level training programme on innovative technologies applied to animal science and nutrition.

MANNA is a partnership between academic and industrial institutions in the Croatia, UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Slovak Republic, Belgium and France.

The MANNA programme will offer research and career development opportunities to 11 specially-selected young animal and veterinary scientists, called early stage researchers (ESRs), to give them the chance to perform top-level and high impact research through mentorship by some of Europe’s leading academic and industrial scientists.  Each ESR will be supervised by two of the universities in the consortium and will graduate with a PhD degree from both universities, a Double Degree.  MANNA will prepare research leaders with the capability to address the present and future needs of both industry and academia in the complex and expanding field of animal science.

The MANNA project will enable the application of advanced analytical technologies of proteomics, metabolomics and genomics to be applied to the study of animal nutrition in order to improve animal health and welfare.  These technologies have brought major benefit to the study of human biology but protoemics and metabolomics in particular have had limited applications in animal science.  There is tremendous scope for this approach especially when allied with investigations in nutrition which are designed to improve the diet of animals in order to improve there health and welfare during production.  For example we will be assessing the benefits of including probiotics, anti-oxidants and immun modulators to improve the natural defenses against infection and in so doing reduce the use of anti-microbials in farming.  This will aid in reducing anti-microbial resistance.

The consortium won funding from the Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Joint Doctorate scheme which is part of the Innovative Training Networks programme funded by the European Commission. Running from 2014 to 2020, the Horizon2020 research and innovation programme is making almost 80 billion Euros available to help stimulate research breakthroughs and discoveries in many research disciplines across Europe.

The ESRs will acquire in-depth experience in animal and veterinary sciences, proteomics, metabolomics, genomics and bioinformatics including statistical and computational approaches as well as wider management and communication skills such as intellectual property, gender issues, research integrity, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence and how to communicate clearly.

The MANNA  consortium members include, Universities of Zagreb, Glasgow, Milan, Bonn, Barcelona, Kosice, Liebnitz Institute, INRA, PortoConte Ricerche, Life Diagnostics, Acuvet Biotech, ABAgri, Evonik, BASF, RAFT Solutions, MetLabs, Nutrition Sciences and Sprim.

Candidates to be a MANNA ESR can find more details and apply via www.phd4manna.eu

 

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