April 26, 2012
“Let Food be Thy Medicine” –ancient advice with modern relevance for the more than 20,000 attendees at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia as a result of work on plant and animal-based bioactives being showcased by the Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MAHRN).
MAHRN is anchored by three world-class institutions: the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM)- whose research teams of agricultural and medical scientists explore the safety and efficacy of value-added foods and natural health products; Food Development Centre (FDC)- a federally licensed processed food pilot plant that allows companies to produce and market their products nationally and internationally; and the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN)- where multi-disciplinary teams are focused on developing health-enhancing products from traditional prairie crops.
According to Dr Curtis Rempel, R &D lead with the RCFFN, the capacity and capabilities of the Manitoba cluster are truly where food meets medicine. “We believe bioactives from food crops offer the most potentially interesting areas of new research, especially for health and wellness, but also for disease mitigation,” says Dr Rempel, who will be present at BIO in the Manitoba Pavilion at BIO on May 19 and 20.