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Special Issue "Antioxidants Properties of Natural Products: A Themed Issue in Honor of Professor Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: identification, separation and recovery of functional molecules from different natural products, as well as their implementation as ingredients and bioactive compounds in food, with an ultimate goal to extract high added-value molecules and re-use them in the food chain (from agriculture to the consumer)
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Professor Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira is a Full Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB, Portugal), Pro-President of Research and Innovation at IPB, and Director of the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO), President of the Scientific Council of Natural and Environmental Sciences of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal), and a member of the Steering Committee "Strategic Basic Research" Foundation Flanders (FWO). She obtained her First Degree in Biochemistry (1996) at the University of Porto (Portugal); Master’s in Sciences (1999), PhD in Sciences–Chemistry (2003), and “Aggregation” in Sciences–Chemistry (2011) at the University of Minho (Portugal). She was awarded by different institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2001), ISPROF (2013) for her achievements in helping Portuguese Science to progress, COTNH (2014) for international cooperation, Women in Science (2016) by Ciência Viva, merit medal of Bragança (2017), and IACOBUS publication (2018), and she has supervised many post-doc, PhD and Master’s students. She was the editor of the journal Antioxidants from 2012 until now and serves on several other journals’ editorial boards while also being an associate editor of Food & Function. She has published several patents, 35 international book chapters, and over 600 papers in refereed journals. She is a highly cited scientist (top 1%) in Agricultural Sciences (awarded by Clarivate Analytics—2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) as well as in Pharmacology and Toxicology (2018).
Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira has worked on the chemistry of natural products, specifically the extraction, purification, and stabilization of myco- and phytochemicals; development of natural ingredients, nutraceuticals, and innovative functional food formulations. She has developed a number of methodologies for extraction, refinement, and chemical characterization of bioactive molecules from mushrooms and plants, and she has also improved analytical methodologies of different biomolecules. She has prospected more than 300 species and discovered natural sources of ingredients with different capacities: Bioactive, preservative, and coloring. In 2007, she led the discovery that Portuguese wild mushrooms are powerful sources of bioactive compounds and properties. Subsequently, she showed that not only wild but also commercial mushrooms are sources of bioactive compounds and equilibrated nutrients, leading to the first studies on species from, e.g., Serbia, Ghana, Brazil, China, and Argentina. In 2012, Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira discovered that specific mushroom species have significant antitumor, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory activity that can be improved by modifying chemical substituents in specific molecules identified in those species.
In 2009, she began prospecting plant species and discovered specific parts of vegetables, flowers, and medicinal plants that are unique sources of bioactive molecules, particularly in the class of phenolic compounds. Subsequent to this, she showed for the first time that synergistic effects can be achieved by mixing defined species and that in vitro culture under optimized conditions can increase the concentration of these compounds. She has also developed novel cheminformatic tools and models to predict bioactive properties, organize molecules databases, and has carried out docking studies on bioactive cellular targets. She has been working with many companies’ producers of mushrooms/plants, and in 2011, she started to study physical conservation methods, discovering that gamma rays and electron-beam decontaminate the aforementioned raw materials without changing their nutritional/chemical profile, also improving bioactive molecules’ extraction, discovering also that modified atmospheres can recover the use of traditional plant species.
More recently, Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira has developed, improved, and optimized several extraction methodologies for different natural molecules with bioactive, coloring, and preservative capacities to be used as natural food ingredients/additives, as well as their stabilizers. With these stabilized ingredients, she has developed innovative food products (registered patents) with plant and mushroom-origin preservatives, colorants, and bioactives for food and in cosmetic products. Isabel F.C.F. Ferreira’s revision articles on bioactive molecules/properties of mushrooms and plants, natural preservatives, and colorants, as well as conservation technologies, are within the most highly cited in the field.
This Special Issue “Antioxidants Properties of Natural Products: A Themed Issue in Honor of Professor Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira” invites researchers to contribute with original research or review articles related to natural products and/or any research subject connected with Prof. Isabel’s research interests.
Dr. Lillian Barros
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Natural products
- Extraction methodologies
- Chemical characterization
- Functional foods
- Isolation techniques
- Chemical structure elucidation
- Mechanism of action