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Metabolomics Workshop Series: LC-MS Training – The identification of nutraceuticals from plants

Jun 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


A nutraceutical is a substance that may be considered a food or part of a food which provides medical or health benefits, encompassing prevention and treatment of disease. Products as diverse as isolated nutrients, dietary supplements, and diets to genetically engineered “designer” foods, herbal products, and processed foods (cereals, soups, beverages) may be included under the umbrella of nutraceuticals.

Metabolomics South Africa (MSA) in partnership with the African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT), Diplomics and the University of Venda, have organized and prepared a virtual training session on LC-MS. The technique is a powerful tool for the detection of residual chemical compounds, identification and quantification of small organic molecules, and confirmation and quantitation of contaminants and adulterants in pharmaceutical and food samples. The training session specifically focus on sample preparation, extraction, and the data analysis in the identification of nutraceuticals from plants using LC- MS.

The Facilitator

The session will be facilitated by Dr Edwin Ntakadzeni Madala from the University of Venda. Dr Madala holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences from the University of Venda. He attained his BSc (Hon), MSc and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Johannesburg. He worked as lecturer and later as a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg where he taught and conducted research in the field of Analytical Biochemistry. He has since joined the University of Venda where he continues do research in the field of phytochemistry, with special emphasising on naturally occurring isomers and artificially induced geometrical isomers through non-enzymatic nor chemical means. At the University of Venda, mass spectrometry instrument to study nutraceutical metabolites from green leafy vegetables. Edwin has supervised and co-supervised over 20 MSc/PhD students in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Food Sciences. Throughout his career he has published over 70 peer review articles and book chapters in reputable publishing houses.Audience

The session will me a mix of pre-recorded visuals for demonstrative purposes and live clarifications. These will be followed by a Q&A session and discussions on LC-MS and other related issues. This session is intended to introduce LC-MS to those with limited experience, some exposure. The session will also be a forum to address any issues that experienced users may also have.

Please use this link  to register for this event.

Additional information
For more information, please contact Mr Molati Nonyane at or Tel: 012 420 6139.


Jun 10
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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