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UNL launches US$40 million research initiative

Our partner, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recently launched the Nebraska Food for Health Center, a more than US$40 million initiative to improve the lives of people around the world.
Prospective students who are interested in one day pursuing a career in fields relating to agriculture, nutrition and medicine have the opportunity to get involved in research at the Nebraska Food for Health Center. Relevant majors at UNL include biochemistry, food science and technology, and biotechnology.
The multidisciplinary center will bring together UNL’s strengths in agriculture and medicine to help develop hybrid crops and foods to improve the quality of life for those affected by critical disease including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and mental health.
The center will initially focus on:

  • Bringing together a research team to tie gastrointestinal and biomedical research to agriculture, plant, and animal breeding and genetics.
  • Establishing a research program to develop foods with proven health benefits, particularly those that affect the human gut microbiome – the collection of all the beneficial and potentially harmful micro-organisms in the digestive system that can affect health and wellbeing.
  • Preparing a talented workforce for careers in food health, including researchers, food and health industry leaders and food innovation entrepreneurs.

“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,” UNL 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.”
Find out more about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln here.