Nebraska Food for Health Center to unite strengths in agriculture and medicine

Nebraska Food for Health Center to unite strengths in agriculture and medicine Monday, June 5, 2017

The Nebraska Food for Health Center, a $40 million initiative to improve the lives of people around the world was unanimously approved June 1 by then Board of Regents. This multidisciplinary center will help develop foods to better the lives of people who suffer from critical diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancers, inflammatory bowel disease and mental disorders.

This initiative was possible because of the help of the Raikes Foundation of Seattle, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The center will be focusing on bring together a research team to connect gastrointestinal and biomedical research to agriculture, plant, and animal breeding and genetics. The team not only will include faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it will also include faculty from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Another focus are will be developing foods with proven health benefits and preparing a great workforce for careers in food health.

“Nebraska has the only university system with the visionary sciences, a powerful agriculture base and clinically-oriented biomedical research that is uniting around human food-for-health issues and the microbiome,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “We’re extremely thankful for these investments in areas of university strength to elevate important research for Nebraskans and the world.”

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