Natalia Płatosz from the Department of Chemistry and Biodynamics of Food received the prestigious „START” scholarship for young scientists of the Foundation for Polish Science. The prestigious scholarships were awarded to 100 outstanding young scientists, from a group of 660 candidates.
The START program of the Foundation for Polish Science is the oldest scholarship program in Poland for the best young scientists representing all fields of science. Its goal is to support outstanding young scientists and encourage their further scientific development.
Research conducted by Natalia Platosz has shown that anthocyanins, natural pigments with antioxidant properties, from chokeberries and red cabbage and their metabolites penetrate the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. This means that, thanks to their strong antioxidant properties, they can favorably influence processes in the particularly susceptible to oxidative damage environment of the central nervous system. This is of particular importance when we consider that diseases of the central nervous system are a significant problem of modern societies, and the indication of preventive behaviors, including nutritional ones, allowing to reduce their ascendancy or mitigate their course may be one of the possible and important solutions.
Young scientists with outstanding research achievements, who are under 30 years of age at the time of application, may apply for START FNP scholarships.