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Nutraceutical and Functional Food Research get new labs
Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 3:12 PM
L to R: Dr. Grant Pierce (executive director, research, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre; U of M professor), Dr. Peter Zahradka (principal investigator, CCARM; U of M professor), the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board

The Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) has received $800,000 in funding under the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement for two new laboratories and equipment.

CCARM represents a unique partnership between St. Boniface General Hospital, the University of Manitoba, and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. It is located within St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre - a world renowned $40 million state-of-the-art medical research facility.

These new laboratories will enhance Manitoba’s expanding life sciences cluster and advance training opportunities and research skills of people working in this specialized field.

The funding was announced by the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification; the Honourable Jim Rondeau, Manitoba Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines; and Brenda Leipsic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Winnipeg.

“The Winnipeg Partnership Agreement funding has been essential in completing construction of the final two CCARM labs here at St Boniface Hospital Research Centre. These labs will hold clinical trial research activities and also provide a shared lab where CCARM researchers can collaborate in a more efficient, economical and productive fashion than was previously possible. This allows us to advance our research into nutraceuticals and functional foods in a manner that has not been attempted anywhere else in the world,” said Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface General Hospital.

The enhanced facility will enable CCARM to expand its research program in the linkages between diet and health, increase collaboration and attract and retain the highly qualified personnel needed for the growing nutraceutical research sector in Canada.

“The Conservative Government is working to enhance Canada’s international reputation for research excellence and to expand the base of scientific expertise,” said Minister Toews.  “Through partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector, we are helping to turn ideas into innovations that will improve Canada’s productivity performance, create high-quality jobs and enhance Canadians’ quality of life.”

The Winnipeg Partnership Agreement represents a five-year, $75 million commitment by the governments of Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg to strengthen our neighbourhoods, promote economic development and enable Aboriginal citizens to fully enjoy Winnipeg’s economic and social opportunities. For program details, interested parties are encouraged to consult the web site.

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Janine Harasymchuk
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Related Links (External):
  •Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine
  •St. Boniface General Hospital
  •Winnipeg Partnership Agreement