DSM to sponsor “New developments in carotenoid research” conference in Boston

DSM to sponsor “New developments in carotenoid research” conference in Boston

DSM has joined an impressive group of sponsors to bring focus to the health benefits of carotenoids in the “New Developments in Carotenoid Research” conference to be held on March 11 & 12 at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

The “New Developments in Carotenoid Research” conference was developed by an International Organizing Committee lead by co-chairs Simin Nikbin Meydani, PhD, DVM, Director of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) and the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, and Robert M. Russell, MD, President of the American Society for Nutrition and Professor Emeritus at Tufts University. The International Organizing Committee has structured an outstanding program focusing on new research elucidating the function and mechanisms of action of carotenoids in the human body. Scientists and science communicators attending the meeting will gain insight into the newest science linking the consumption of antioxidants with human health, including nutrient-gene interactions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with 20 international experts and authors of 19 scientific papers being presented at a poster session to learn the latest science on carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Topics to be covered include:

·         Fundamentals of beta-carotene metabolism and appropriate daily requirements to meet vitamin A requirements and reduce oxidative damage

·         Genetic polymorphisms which may impact carotenoid requirements

·         Analytical techniques to measure vitamin A activity from beta-carotene

·         Biological functions of lycopene and its role in regulating transcription systems and human health

·         Role of lutein and zeaxanthin in visual and cognitive performance.

Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, Senior Vice President of Nutrition Science and Advocacy, DSM Nutritional Products Inc, said, “This is a momentous opportunity. There has been so much new science generated on carotenoid absorption and metabolism, including nutrient-gene interactions, in the last few years. DSM is pleased to join such an impressive group of sponsors to bring focus to the health benefits of carotenoids.”

The conference will be held March 11 & 12 at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. For information please visit www.carotenoidsconference2011.com.

About DSM Nutritional Products

DSM Nutritional Products is the world’s leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other fine chemicals to the feed, food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. The business has sales of over $2.5 billion US and a long tradition as a pioneer in the discovery of new products, new formulations and attractive applications for all industry segments. More information at: [email protected] and www.qualityforlife.com.

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of around $10 billion US. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

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