The Globe and Mail recently named Dr. Hennie van Vuuren, Director of the Wine Research Centre, ‘One of Six Canadians Who Could Change the World’ for creating a genetically enhanced wine yeast that allows migraine suffers to enjoy wine without consequence.
Dr. van Vuuren’s malolactic yeast ML01 makes drinking wine possible for the 30 per cent of the world’s population that are sensitive to bioamines, which are created during the malolactic fermentation and can cause headaches. On top of preventing migraines, ML01 can also prevent the formation of cancer. It is the first genetically improved yeast to be commercialized and is currently being used in some Canadian, U.S. and Moldovan wineries.
Other notable Canadians who made the Globe and Mail’s list include ballet dancer Guillaume Côté and actress/director Sarah Polley.
Dr. van Vuuren’s innovative research was also featured in the November 2010 issue of enRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine in an article.