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APROPOS Symposium Oct 10, Potsdam Germany

September 6, 2014

Best of the Rest- will bring together experts from research and industry from over 15 countries and four continents. The programme will cover research developments and industrial progress including the latest findings related to utilisation of side streams in a wide range of purposes, from food additives and cosmetic applications to pesticides.  Read More

Manitoba crop ingredients to help combat prediabetes

September 2, 2014

From Growing News   Issue 7: August, 2014

The global solution to prediabetes may be found in Manitoba-grown ingredients. A new trial to be conducted by Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc. (MAHRN) aims to use healthy foods to manage chronic diseases. Read More

PreDiabetes First Target for MB-MN Collaboration

June 20, 2014

MAHRN and Minnesota-based Step One Foods, the pioneer in food-based solutions for chronic disease, launched a multi-staged strategy using food and nutrient therapies to address prediabetes. In support of the project, Manitoba Jobs and the Economy is investing C$200,000 to support clinical trials this fall Read More

Manitoba and Minnesota Companies Team Up to Tackle Lifestyle-Related Chronic Diseases

August 12, 2013

Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network, Inc. (MAHRN), a developer of functional agri-ingredients, and Minnesota-based TruHealthMD Read More

Getting the Scoop on Poop

August 12, 2013

Winnipeg, Manitoba-Ever wonder what’s in the food you eat?  A new interactive exhibit, called ‘Foods for Health- What’s in it For Me’ produced by the Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MAHRN) with funding from Growing Forward Read More

300 Global Leaders Pledge Action to Improve Public Health with Whole Grains

June 16, 2012

Winnipeg, MB, May 31, 2012 - 300 global leaders from health and food industry sectors met to work together towards the common goal of bringing business goals Read More

Manitoba’s Functional Food Industry – Video

June 16, 2012

Life Sciences Association of Manitoba has posted a new video featuring the MAHRN cluster!

Check it out!

Prairie climate linked to healthier food

June 16, 2012

The Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc. (MAHRN) wants the world to know there are plenty of benefits to eating the foods we grow right here on the prairies. Canadian growing conditions may even give our crops special healthful qualities that we can develop into food with benefits beyond basic nutrition. Our long prairie days, clean air and clean water are just what nature needs to boost production of phytochemicals, the natural substances in plants and animals that provide additional health benefits – hence the concept of the Canadian Climate Advantaged Diet.

Partnership to Develop Healthy Cereal Foods

April 26, 2012

The Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc (MAHRN) and Granotec, a leading cereal technology company in Latin America, have formed a company to advance the research, development and commercialization of healthy foods and food ingredients from cereals including oats and wheat. The “Consorcio de Cereales Funcionales S.A” or “Functional Cereal Consortium” is based in Santiago Chile and will take a leading role in providing foods and food ingredients to help address chronic life-style related diseases including cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type II diabetes affecting the Chilean population. While the company will initially focus on Chile, it is expected to expand its efforts to other areas of Latin America.

“It is the unfortunate reality that the so-called life style related diseases that plague North Americans are also a major concern in other countries including Chile”, according to Lee Anne Murphy, Executive Director of MAHRN. “We share with Granotec a commitment to have food be part of the solution, rather than demonized as the root cause of many of these illnesses,” she says. Murphy adds that the initial US$2 million dollar project of the company is focused on developing healthy ingredients for bread. According to Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (2009), Chileans are the second largest consumers of bread in the world.

Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc (MAHRN) promotes Manitoba’s capacity and capabilities in the research, development and commercialization of functional foods and nutraceuticals. Anchored by world-class facilities including Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM); Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) and Food Development Centre (FDC), Manitoba is a ‘one-stop shop’ for the testing and assessment of plant and animal-based bioactive compounds, from the producer through clinical proof of safety and efficacy to product development and commercialization. For more information, please visit www.mahrn.ca

Based in Chile, The Granotec Group (www.granotec.com) is one of the leading Latin American suppliers of food industry ingredients. The business model concept of Granotec includes technology transfer, nutrient and ingredients, analytical and quality assurance systems services from offices across South, Central and North America. They are also focused on providing solutions for nutrition and biotechnology, as support to the food industry with emphasis on healthy food.

Improving Health Through Food – Manitoba a Leader

April 26, 2012

According to the recently released study, “Benchmarking Study of the Existing Science Base Supporting a “Canadian Climate Advantage Diet (CCAD), Manitoba has the opportunity to lead efforts that could result in significant health benefits through the development of a diet that focuses on the unique characteristics of Canadian-grown and processed crops. The study, completed by Flax2015, was commissioned by the Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc (MAHRN).

“Following the release of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) report “Building Convergence: Toward an Integrated Health and Agri-Food Strategy for Canada” last summer, we felt it was time to collect and analyze existing data that would lay the groundwork for future work needed to validate and communicate the concept of a “Canadian Climate Advantage Diet (CCAD)”, says Lee Anne Murphy, Executive Director of MAHRN. “With an initial focus on 5 Manitoba commercial crops with significant climatic and health advantages, we wanted to explore the linkages between consumption of the crop and its impact on select end points of diet-related health concerns”. Murphy indicates the recommendations in the report will be reviewed as part of an overall strategy to address critical gaps in the science base required to support and validate a CCAD.

Copies of the Executive Summary are available upon request to the MAHRN office.

Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc (MAHRN) promotes Manitoba’s capacity and capabilities in the research, development and commercialization of functional foods and nutraceuticals. Anchored by world-class facilities including Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM); Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) and Food Development Centre (FDC), Manitoba is a ‘one-stop shop’ for the testing and assessment of plant and animal-based bioactive compounds, from the producer through clinical proof of safety and efficacy to product development and commercialization.

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