The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), a Utah-based organization dedicated to the advancement of the dietary supplement industry, today confirmed its $4,000 grant enabling both Utah and regional students to attend the Western section's American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) meeting, held earlier in the year at the Utah Valley University campus. ASPB organizes the annual meeting to provide an opportunity for regional plant biologists, both students and faculty alike, to exchange ideas and present research developments from a variety of fields.
With attendees ranging from several neighboring states, as well as Alaska, Hawaii and the three westernmost Canadian provinces, the annual meeting included presentations from both Brigham Young University and Utah State University faculty. Of local note, BYU student John D. Cupp received second-place recognition for his scientific poster regarding mitochondria.
"Considering that the ASPB is the largest plant-focused organization in the world, the UNPA is pleased to offer its support for emerging plant biologists, whose continuing research and insight will no doubt shape the future of the natural products industry," said Loren Israelsen, Executive Director of Salt Lake City-based UNPA. "We look forward to seeking out further opportunities to invest in our industry's future through education and exchange."
For more information about the American Society of Plant Biologists, visit www.asbp.org.
United Natural Products Alliance, www.unpa.com, is a trade organization representing many of the world's leading dietary supplement companies. Founded in Utah in 1991, UNPA was instrumental in the passage of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and continues to take a leadership position in regulatory issues and industry best practices.