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Notable Researchers Honored with Mary Swartz Rose Awards

—CRN Collaborates with ASN to Provide Multi-year Grants for Researchers—

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2008 — Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., and Mary Gamble, Ph.D., were yesterday honored with the Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award and the Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award respectively, at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2008 in San Diego, Calif.

The awards, jointly presented by the ASN and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), are given with the intent to recognize outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health. Made possible by a grant funded from CRN, the awards will be given annually for five consecutive years.

“Sound scientific research is absolutely essential to the growth of the supplement and functional foods industry,” said Andrew Shao, Ph.D., vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “It is a privilege for CRN to collaborate with ASN, the preeminent nutrition research society in the world, in providing grants to honor nutrition researchers for their work. We look forward to expanding our on-going commitment to supporting scientific research and scientific researchers.”

CRN is donating a total of $50,000 over a five-year period to fund two sets of awards—The Mary Swartz Rose Awards and The Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins Awards. “We appreciate CRN’s efforts to recognize the important role of scientific research in nutrition, specifically dietary supplements,” said John E. Courtney, PhD, Executive Officer of ASN. “As the use of supplements by the American public continues to grow, expanding our scientific knowledge in this area is essential.”

Dr. Ames, senior scientist, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Berkeley, has over fifty years experience in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Best known for his research on lipoic acid and acetyl-carnitine supplements and the mitochondrial decay associated with aging, Dr. Ames has made innovative contributions in of the areas of biochemistry and micronutrient supplements. He is one of the most widely cited scientists in all fields of study, with over 450 published articles.

Dr. Gamble is currently the assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her current research focuses primarily on nutrient/environment interactions, and in the past she has made exceptional contributions on the subject of retinoid metabolism and the proteins involved in retinoid transport. Dr. Gamble began her work with studies on the vitamin A deficiency in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

These awards are named in honor of the late Mary Swartz Rose (1874–1941), a founder and president of the American Institute of Nutrition (now known as ASN). The Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award is given to an investigator with ten years or more of postgraduate training, for outstanding preclinical and/or clinical research on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements as well as essential nutrients and other biologically active food components that might be distributed as supplements or components in functional foods. The Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award is based on the same research qualifications, but is given to an investigator with ten or less years of postgraduate training. Each recipient receives $2500 and an engraved plaque.

The second set of awards is named in honor of Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, best known in the nutrition world for his work on the amino acid tryptophan and for the discovery of glutathione, an important component of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase, and is presented to students or post-doctorals focusing on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements as well as essential nutrients or other biologically active food components that might be distributed as supplements or components in functional foods. The 2008 recipients are: Fatima Zapata from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in the graduate student category and Ok-Hwan Lee from the University of Massachusetts in the post-doctoral category. For more information about The Mary Swartz Rose and The Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins Awards, visit


About ASN: The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. ASN is dedicated to bringing together the top nutrition researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. Founded in 1928, ASN publishes The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) and the Journal of Nutrition (JN). Visit ASN online at

About CRN: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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