Linus Pauling Institute
The mission of the Linus Pauling Institute is to determine the role of micronutrients (vitamins and essential minerals), phytochemicals (chemicals from plants), and dietary supplements in extending healthy lifespan (healthspan) and preventing or treating age-associated diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurodegenerative diseases; to examine the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in human health and disease, and the protective effects of dietary antioxidant and anti-inflammatory factors; and to help people everywhere achieve a healthy and productive life, full of vitality, with minimal suffering, and free of cancer and other debilitating diseases
Major areas of research in the Institute include cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, aging, immune function, and neurodegenerative diseases.
LPI supports a seminar series and public lectures, and organizes a biennial conference. The Institute also engages in sponsorship of scientific conferences and community outreach programs, including publication of a semiannual Research Newsletter and the Micronutrient Information Center, which is an online resource for up-to-date, scientifically accurate information regarding the roles of specific vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other nutrients in preventing disease and promoting health. The Institute is also engaged in undergraduate and graduate education.
The Linus Pauling Institute was established at Oregon State University in August 1996 under an agreement reached between OSU and its antecedent organization, the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine (located in California from 1973 to 1996). The Institute functions from the basic premise that an optimum diet is the key to optimum health.