For the last several years, Food Animal BioSciences has been a research group in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of Copenhagen University, lead by Prof Chris Knight. Chris is now back in the UK and running his own scientific communications business. He continues to be associated with Copenhagen as Professor Emeritus.
Our core discipline at Copenhagen is the integrated physiology of food-producing animals, with emphasis on the welfare and productivity of dairy cows. We have special expertise in the biology of the mammary gland, and have a comprehensive programme of lactation research that is relevant to breastfeeding as well as to dairy production. We are part of the Institute of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, and work closely with cellular, molecular and clinical scientists. We also temporarily host the EAAP Physiology Commission webpage; visit to join!
Our goal is the creation of responsible approaches to food animal farming, that will help to ensure stable supplies of high quality food for future generations.
We use our knowledge of animal physiology in collaborations with colleagues skilled in food science, engineering, computing sciences and social sciences to solve problems related to animal welfare, healthy productivity and environmental sustainability. By focusing on basic science, our research has wide relevance that extends far beyond food producing animals. By focusing on outputs rather than inputs we take a fresh approach to animal science that complements traditional nutrition and genetics. Through collaboration with many partners across Europe in a COST Researcher network www.dairycareaction.org we increase our impact.
Our priorities are simple: better welfare for food producing animals, better food products for our growing global population
The first 48 hours of life is a time of major adaptation for mother and young, and it is natural that this should be a focus area for us
We are part of the EU funded ProHealth project. Our research aims to reduce death rate in neonatal piglets.
Chris is Editor of the
Journal of Dairy Research
DairyCare is a COST Action in dairy animal health and welfare. The Action held its Final Conference in March 2018 and the Proceedings are available online.
Food of Life was an Erasmus Mundus MSc programme covering the science of animal-derived foods from the dual perspectives of animal and food sciences. More than 80 Alumni are now engaged in food-related careers around the world.
Chris is secretary of the EAAP Physiology Commission. Visit the EAAP Physiology Commission pages