Our Projects

BCIT’s Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG) has actively supported the natural health product and food industries for almost 20 years through applied research activities, training and education, and volunteer board appointments. Supported by grant funding and industry contracts, the team focuses on projects related to health policy, regulatory affairs, product formulation, botanical authentication, analytical method development and validation, chemometrics, and therapeutic monitoring for preclinical and clinical studies. 

Within the product quality framework, NRG places a strong emphasis on method validation, laboratory proficiency, and regulatory affairs.

Recent Projects

Cannabis Research at BCIT Supports Quality Control 
Funding: CRC, CFI
By characterizing the cannabis metabolome (breaking down cannabis at a base level) and validating testing methods to evaluate the plant, Dr. Brown and the BCIT Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG) are developing the industry-standard tools that governments, producers, and scientists will need to fully understand this complex plant.

Hot and Fresh: BCIT and VCC Team Up to Investigate Sourdough Gluten
Funding: NSERC

Pilot Program for Provenance, Authentication, and Product Quality Analysis for BC Agri-Food and Agri-Products
Funding: BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

A Comparative Analysis between Native BC and European Hawthorn Species
Funding: BCIC, WD, IAF, NSERC, Naturally Grown Herb & Spice Producers Cooperative

Inter-collaborative Proficiency Program for the Analysis of Natural Health Products
Funding: The Science Council of BC, Health Products and Functional Food Program

Oregano Oil Constituent Identification and Quality Comparison by GC/MS
Funding: Research Contract

River to Plate – Building in Sustainability, Traceability and Quality
Funding: Fraser River Salmon Table Society

Risk Based Regulations for Natural Health Products
Funding: Health Canada