Thesis title: Preformulation of puha for an antioxidant nutritional supplement
Co-supervisor: Prof. Thomas Rades (School of Pharmacy, University of Otago)
Mirjam was working with a plant called puha. It is one of the traditional Maori food plants and it is rich in antioxidants. The aim of her 6-month project is to evaluate the antioxidant activity of puha in comparison to blueberries, using a recently developed antioxidant activity (CAA) assay.
The CAA assay uses a cell culture model that better represents the complexity of biological systems than the traditional antioxidant chemical assays, addressing issues such as cellular uptake, distribution and metabolism.