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As chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, the Duchess of Cornwall opened the new laboratory at the Foresterhill campus.

The new lab is part of the Rowett Institue, a leader in the research of nutritional science for over 100 years.

While at the opening, Camilla spoke to staff, volunteers and staff while touring the Human Nutrition Unit to understand better the work they are doing.

Some of the current work is researching how and if babies taste buds can be influenced while in the womb, if there is a way to stop bad food choices becoming a habit and how to create a health-conscious Scotch pie.

Peter Morgan, director of the Rowett Institute, said to The Express: “I am absolutely delighted that we have officially opened this wonderful new building.

“The Rowett Institute has been a leading force in nutrition research for many years, and as time has gone on the importance of creating a world-class facility to match our global reputation has been paramount.

“An essential part of being able to provide this fantastic new building was the underpinning funding the Rowett receives for research from the Scottish Government, specifically from the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Directorate, and we are hugely grateful for their support.”

The Deputy First Minister was also on hand for the opening.

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has helped to enable these new state-of-the-art facilities through our investment of £12 million.” said Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Adding on: “Aberdeen is already at the very cutting edge of food and health-related research, contributing to Scotland’s global reputation for research excellence and attracting some of the brightest and best researchers from across the world.

“The Rowett Institute’s move into the University of Aberdeen and the establishment of a purpose-built Human Nutrition Unit, the most advanced facility of its kind in the UK, will build on this success, strengthening its capacity to pioneer new research and increasing its international competitiveness and opportunities for collaboration.”

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