Natural Health Research Institute Sponsors American Oil Chemists Society Hot Topics Symposium on Vitamin E

St. Louis, MO (April 25, 2006) – Amid controversy on the safety and benefits of vitamin E, scientists are gathering to discuss the body of science that doesn’t make headlines: the evidence that vitamin E can contribute to improving health and reducing leading causes of disease. The Symposium, sponsored by the Natural Health Research Institute, will be presented as a “Hot Topics” session at the American Oil Chemists Society’s 97th Annual Meeting and Expo to be held from April 30–May 3, 2006 at the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Within the past year, the role of natural vitamin E in optimizing health and reducing disease risk has become a focus of controversy. This symposium will present current research on the role of natural vitamin E as a cost-effective modality with which to improve health conditions associated with leading causes of chronic disease and increased mortality, touching on the public health and cost-of-care benefits of this vitamin that are often overlooked.

Moderated by Ronald Watson, PhD., from the Zuckerman College of Public Health (School of Medicine) at the University of Arizona, Tucson, the symposium will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2006 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at America’s Center and will feature the following speakers and topics:

1. Michael Lelah, PhD., Technical Director, NOW Foods-Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamin E
2. Qing Jiang, PhD., Asst. Professor, Dept of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University- Natural Forms of Vitamin E as Anti-inflammatory and Anti-cancer Agents
3. Barrie Tan, PhD., President, American River Nutrition; Adjunct Professor of Food Science, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst-New Perspectives and Applications for Desmethyl Tocotrienols and Desmethyl Tocopherols and Their Uses
4. Sridevi Devaraj, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Med Path, Lab for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research, UC Davis Medical Center-Tocopherols, Oxidative Stress and Inflammation
5. Chandan K. Sen, PhD., Professor and Deputy Director, Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University Medical Center -Tocotrienol: The Natural Vitamin E Against Stroke-Related Neurodegeneration
6. Neil Levin, CCN, DANLA, Nutrition Educator Manager, NOW Health Group -Vitamin E – Hype or Science?

The conference will conclude with an open discussion with the speakers. For information on attending the symposium please visit

About NHRI: The Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) is an independent body that supports research into dietary supplements and other science-based approaches. The NHRI is committed to ensuring that consumers, scientists, the media, policymakers and legislators are fully informed about the science-validated benefits of dietary supplements and related modalities to improve health and reduce disease around the world.

About AOCS: The AOCS Mission is to be a global forum to promote the exchange of ideas, information, and experience, to enhance personal excellence, and to provide high standards of quality among those with a professional interest in the science and technology of fats, oils, surfactants, and related materials.

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