|UND, University of Manitoba presidents sign memorandum|
President Charles Kupchella met Sept. 22 at UND with University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Emõke J.E. Szathmáry for their annual review of the partnership that has drawn the two schools together across a number of research fields.
President Kupchella, Szathmáry, Vice President for Research Peter Alfonso and University of Manitoba Vice President for Research Joanne Keselman signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a number of fronts, particularly with respect to possible research partnerships and collaborations.
Kupchella said he is struck by the many areas of complementary strengths, such as neurosciences and aerospace/aerospace engineering, as well as areas of strengths the two universities share, such as American Indian and Aboriginal programs. He said there are a number of promising areas for expansion.
This is a way to firm up our commitment to work together, said Peter Alfonso, UND vice president for research and a key proponent of the UND-University of Manitoba partnership. There's a lot to be gained by linking research forces between two different research institutions, and especially when we're talking about these two because we have many common interests. Those include infectious diseases, rural health, and sustainable and renewable energy.
Future collaborative efforts also may include functional foods, nutraceuticals, and materials sciences. Functional foods are foods and beverages with claimed medical benefits based on scientific evidence; nutraceutical is a term coined by Stephen DeFelice, and is defined as any substance that may be considered a food or part of a food that provides medicinal or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.