The potential benefit of resistant starch on zinc retention and its potential for utilisation in infants at risk of zinc deficiency. [ 2014 - 2016 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: Dr Geetha Gopalsamy (Principal investigator)

Brief description Resistant starch (RS) can promote absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the large intestine. As zinc deficiency in children from the developing world remains a major public health issue, we will use a rodent model to determine if RS can improve zinc absorption in growing rats with preceeding zinc deficiency. In parallel we will also determine whether infants, who are most vulnerable to the effects of zinc deficiency, have the gut bacteria required to utilise the potential and known health benefits of RS.

Funding Amount $AUD 101,991.04

Funding Scheme Postgraduate Scholarships

Notes Medical/Dental Postgraduate Scholarship

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