CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University will hold its sixth biennial conference on Diet and Optimum Health on Sept. 13-16, attracting a range of experts in diet, nutrition, medicine and other fields from around the world.

The professional conference will be held on the OSU campus for the first time, and will include the presentation of the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. More information on registration, speakers and the agenda is available online at

"Some outstanding scientists will attend this conference to discuss topics on the cutting edge of nutrition," said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute. "The meeting will feature experts in biochemistry, nutrition, preventive medicine, cardiology, gerontology and other areas."

The sessions will focus on:

  • Biological functions and controversies relating to vitamin E
  • The effects of micronutrients and diet on immune function
  • Diet and cardiovascular disease
  • The role of gut microbes and probiotics in health and disease
  • The effect of caloric restriction and diet on healthy aging

One researcher from Harvard Medical School will examine connections between vitamin D and acute respiratory infections. An expert from Austria will discuss how high-heat treatment of food can increase risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And a prominent researcher from the National Institutes of Health will explore the use of pharmacologic doses of vitamin C in cancer therapy.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxygen Club of California. It will include a poster session and awards to graduate students or post-doctoral fellows.

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Balz Frei, 541-737-5078