Fitzpatrick to market new Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, December 16, 2002: Dr Harold Bjarnason, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba, is pleased to announce that Kelley Fitzpatrick has accepted the position of marketing and research development manager for the Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals being built in the University of Manitoba's SmartPark next year.

Ms Fitzpatrick will join the University in February 2003. She is currently president of the Saskatchewan Neutraceutical Network. Dr Bjarnason says Ms Fitzpatrick will definitely help put the new Centre on the natural health products map. "We are counting on her knowledge and connections," he says, "to market our state-of-the-art facility and research capability around the world." Ms Fitzpatrick is confident the new Centre will be a global leader.
"And", she says, "it's a good fit in Manitoba where both government and business encourage development of the functional food and nutraceutical industry." The Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is a $25 million facility where researchers from food production and nutrition, medicine and pharmacy will work together to facilitate the development and standardization of functional, health-enhancing foods and nutraceuticals, foods with medicinal properties, from prairie crops.

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