The Utah-based Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) is funding the establishment of an academic consortium to "help disseminate accurate information about EPA and DHA."
The 'International Omega-3 Learning and Education Consortium for Health and Medicine' will run out of Purdue University and be more academic in nature than GOED's fundamentally corporate membership of some 50 fish oil suppliers and manufacturers.
Omega-3 researcher, Dr Bruce Watkins, PhD, will head the team and be responsible for reaching out to educators, healthcare professionals, consumers and the media with omega-3 data. Other members include Dr Gert J. Breur from Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Allon N. Friedman from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
"We awarded the grant to Purdue because of its stellar reputation in developing educational programs," said GOED's executive director, Adam Ismail, "and Dr. Watkins is one of the highly respected leaders in omega-3 research."?
In a statement GOED said the consortium's primary aims were:
- Provide accurate information about omega-3s and omega-3 research for use by the general public, educators, media, the medical and health communities, industry and government agencies.
- Develop and disseminate educational materials for omega-3 PUFA that will be used by the public, dieticians, nutrition researchers, physicians, teachers, professors and students.
- Increase the understanding of omega-3s by providing learning opportunities for veterinarians to improve companion animal nutrition and health.
GOED members include Ocean Nutrition Canada, DSM, EPAX, Lonza, Croda, Lipid Nutrition, Nu-Mega and Martek.