OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

LPI to Celebrate Past Decade, Look to Future

10/23/2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Linus Pauling Institute will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its move to Oregon State University with an open house and lecture series on Nov. 1-2, looking back over accomplishments of the past decade and honoring individuals who helped make these advances possible.

The institute came to OSU in 1996 and continues to build upon the work and interests of the late Linus Pauling, an OSU alumnus and two-time Nobel laureate who founded the institute more than three decades ago to study the molecular basis by which vitamins and micronutrients can aid in disease prevention and treatment. Pauling is the only person ever to receive two non-shared Nobel Prizes.

Since 1996, LPI researchers have made important advances in understanding the underlying basis for several disease and life processes, including atherosclerosis, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and aging. Millions of dollars in grants from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, have spurred progress in preventing or treating these conditions.

“This is an important milestone for the institute,” said Balz Frei, director and Linus Pauling Institute Professor. “While we have enjoyed remarkable growth and success over the past decade, the importance of our research has never been greater.

“More and more people, organizations and health care professionals are looking to us for direction and scientifically accurate information on diet, micronutrients and health,” Frei said. “Celebrating the accomplishments of the last 10 years will set the stage for what we have yet to achieve.”

The institute will host an open house on the fifth floor of Weniger Hall on Nov. 1, from noon to 3 p.m., for the OSU community, LPI donors and friends. There will be opportunities to tour the labs, meet LPI scientists and see how the research is being done.

Later that day, Linus Pauling Jr., honorary chairman of the Linus Pauling Institute Society, will speak at an anniversary dinner to welcome three new members into the LPI Society. The honor recognizes individuals whose contributions of time and resources demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the institute.

This year’s inductees include Dr. George Whatley of Pelham, Ala.; Jeanne Rousseau of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the late Jane Higdon of Eugene, Ore.

Whatley, a retired physician, has been one of the institute’s most dependable supporters for many years. Rousseau is also a long-time supporter and has made significant contributions to LPI, and Higdon, who died in a bicycling accident earlier this year, created and maintained the institute’s Micronutrient Information Center.

On Nov. 2, the OSU community and general public are invited to a series of free presentations by LPI principal investigators on some of the latest findings about antioxidants, micronutrients and optimum health. Among the topics will be increasing “healthspan,” cancer prevention, dietary supplementation for pregnant women, dietary influences on DNA integrity, antioxidants and diabetes, and the state of knowledge about vitamin E.

The presentations will be from 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus, Construction and Engineering Hall. More details on the events and presentations can be obtained at the LPI website, at http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/anniversary.html