Seventh “Diet and Optimum Health” Conference Planned at OSU


May 14, 2013 – The Linus Pauling Institute will sponsor the seventh biennial conference on “Diet and Optimum Health” on May 15-18 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, including a free public session on Saturday morning about “Whole Food Approaches to Disease Prevention.” 

The professional conference, which attracts some of the leading researchers in the world in the fields of diet, nutrition, micronutrients and other issues, will also include presentation of the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. This is one of the most significant awards in the world recognizing excellence in research on the roles of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in promoting health and preventing or treating disease. 

The free public session, which is co-sponsored by OSU’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, will be held Saturday, May 18, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus, from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics of discussion will include dietary and health approaches to help prevent cancer, metabolic syndrome, childhood obesity and other health concerns. 

As part of the public events, a lunch with researchers from the Linus Pauling Science Center is also possible, at a cost of $10, and free tours of the center will be available in the afternoon. More information on the agenda, speakers, and lunch and tour registration is available online at

“For the first time holding our conference in Corvallis, this day of activities for the public will help people understand how cutting-edge research can make a difference in all of our lives,” said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute. 

“These topics are very important, and will allow people to make the best choices about dietary approaches to help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity,” he said. 

Topics at the professional conference will include sessions on: 

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, fatty acid oxidation and cardiovascular health
  • Diet and epigenetic impacts on disease and aging
  • Vitamin D—health benefits beyond bone
  • Health effects and mechanisms of action of xanthohumol
  • Health benefits of vitamin C: beyond scurvy
  • Micronutrients in fertility and pregnancy
  • Whole food approaches to disease prevention 

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxygen Club of California. More information on speakers, registration and other issues is available online at



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