Professor Aidoo installed as President of the REHIS

25 November 2015

Professor Aidoo installed as President of the REHIS

Professor Kofi Aidoo

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Professor Kofi Aidoo has been inaugurated as the 2015/16 President of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS).

Professor Aidoo was installed at the Institute’s annual general meeting at the Apex International Hotel in Edinburgh on November 20.

As President, Professor Aidoo has pledged to champion the profile and advancement of environmental health as a public health profession. He will continue to develop the Institute’s community training activities and promote its role as a registered Scottish charity.

Professor of Food Safety and Food Microbiology, Professor Aidoo leads GCU’s Food Research Laboratory, which operates to ISO 17025 standards – for which labs must hold accreditation in order to be deemed technically competent – and is the only food analysis unit in a UK University accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). A researcher in food safety, his specialist interests include fungal secondary metabolites in foods and feeds, and in the chemical composition of foods. He also heads up the MSc Food Bioscience programme at Fergusson College in Pune, India.

Professor Aidoo has supported small and medium-sized enterprises with advice on nutrition and dietetics, shelf-life testing and food safety and hygiene at food clinics held through the Kit-Out the Park project (Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Out of University into Tourism), which is jointly operated by GCU and Scottish Enterprise. The project is funded by the Scottish Government’s Expertise, Knowledge and Innovation Transfer Fund (SEEKIT) and the European Regional Development Fund.

Since 2007, Professor Aidoo has served on the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, Contaminants and Natural Toxicants, an international committee of scientific experts administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

Professor Aidoo was made a Fellow of REHIS in 2005 and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. He is a member of the Institute of Biology, the British Mycological Society, the Society for Applied Microbiology and the Society for General Microbiology.

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