UNIVERSITY INAUGURATED NUTRITION AND DIETETICS LABS

"THE UNIVERSITY CONTINUES CONSOLIDATING ITSELF IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH SCIENCES, WHICH ARE CALLED UPON TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT".



Decembre 23, 2016

A new step in the consolidation of health sciences achieved our University by incorporating new and modern labs that will strengthen undergraduate training in Dietetics and Nutrition as well as the development of research in this area and in the ties with the community.

The inauguration ceremony of the new units, located at the Talca Campus, was chaired by President Alvaro Rojas, and among the authorities present were the dean of the Department of Health Sciences, Carlos Padillas, and the director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Mónica Jiménez.

In the new infrastructure – of 450 square meters- are located the Bromatology Lab, where the chemical and sensory analysis of food will be carried out, and another space where its safety will be evaluated.
For the president, the inauguration of these labs holds a special significance. "I think it is one more step that the University of Talca gives, which now completes a total of 2 200 graduates in the health field."

At the same time, he emphasized that with the graduation of the first nurses and dieticians a cycle of undergraduate consolidation closes, including Medicine and the programs of Dentistry and Medical Technology, Kinesiology and Phonoaudiology. He added that "we are moving now into the road to complexity, which requires human capital training, i.e., postgraduates and it requires also research on major issues related to nutrition and diet".

Alvaro Rojas acknowledged those who made the project of the School of Nutrition a reality and carried it out, which in his view reflects the level of quality of the Institution.

"The labs inaugurated are of the highest level and in this way the University continues to be consolidated in the field of the health sciences, which are called upon to play an important role in the regional development", remarked the president.

He also indicated that the new labs not only have the capacity to support teaching, but also to conduct research activities, an area in which "some academics of the School have been very successful in their application for Fondecyt and other projects".

New Space

The dean of the Department of Health Sciences revealed the importance of having state of the art laboratories, equipped with the latest technology in the sector, thanks to an FONDECYT project. "These labs will generate spaces for research. In a mainly agricultural Region, everything that has to do with the food industry, with the generation of new food formulas, is an essential element, otherwise we could not get into this complex topic that also stimulates many researchers from the University of Talca to work," said Carlos Padilla.

Mónica Jiménez also stressed the transcendence of this advance for which a lot of work has been done for years, according to her. "It is here where students will practice what they have learned so that at the time of graduation this will be a space that is at the disposal of the prevention and promotion of healthy eating. Here we will research and prepare food to give the community various solutions to live well nourished and well fed. This is a great achievement of the University of Talca and of the School of Nutrition," emphasized the director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

Finally, he explained that with these units theory and practice can be complemented, an aspect whose relevance highlighted the director of the academic unit responsible for the training of the future professionals.



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