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The importance of essential fatty acids and their derivatives

Video, Jan 12 2022

Biochemistry Focus Webinar Series

60 minutes

In this webinar, the speakers discussed the sources of dietary components (fish via their ingestion of algae) and the lipid mediators derived from such fatty acids and their functions in health and disease.

Essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids) are needed to prevent EFA deficiency but it has also been realised that the levels of these acids and their metabolic derivatives play vital roles in many important diseases characterised by chronic inflammation (e.g. CVD, arthritis and, recently, Covid-19). This is because very long chain fatty acid metabolites give rise to lipid mediators and the competition between n-3 and n-6 acids and metabolites is critical.

Invited speakers:

  • Professor John L. Harwood, Cardiff University, UK
  • Professor Philip Calder, University of Southampton, UK

This webinar was chaired by Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Reading. She has been an active researcher in the area of diet, immunity and inflammation for more than 30 years.