Where food meets medicine: Manitoba's vibrant functional food industry showcased at international conference

    WINNIPEG, May 18 /CNW/ - "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 in the Manitoba
Pavilion at BIO on May 19 and 20.
    For more information, please visit www.mahrn.ca

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For further information: Lee Anne Murphy, PhD, Coordinator, (204)

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