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Diet and Optimum Health Conference

Diet and Optimum Health Conference
May 13-16, 2009
Portland, Oregon

On behalf of the Linus Pauling Institute conference organizing committee and its international scientific advisory board, we invite you to attend the fifth biennial conference on "Diet and Optimum Health" to be held May 13-16, 2009, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Diet and Optimum Health 2009 will emphasize dietary and lifestyle approaches to improving human health and preventing or treating disease, including dietary supplements, micronutrients, and antioxidants. The target audience includes scientists and health professionals in biochemistry, nutrition, preventive medicine, public health, endocrinology, cardiology, oncology, and gerontology. We anticipate a strong scientific look at the cutting edge of nutrition research. The program features individual sessions including:

  • Healthy Aging: Neurocognitive Disorders and Molecular Mechanisms
  • Micronutrients and Immune Function
  • Vitamin K: New Functions and Biological Mechanisms
  • Diet and Lifestyle in Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Epigenetics, Diet, and Disease


The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxygen Club of California, which will organize a conference in 2010 on "Oxidants and Antioxidants in Biology" in Santa Barbara, California, co-sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute. If you would like to know how you can support the conference, please contact the Linus Pauling Institute at 541-737-5075 or email us at


Registration at pre-meeting rates is available now until April 10, 2009, and abstracts for posters can be submitted between now and March 6, 2009.

Poster Session

The conference features a poster session, allowing scientists to share their latest research findings. The three most outstanding posters presented by graduate students or post-doctoral fellows will receive Young Investigator Awards.

Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research

A highlight of the conference will be the award ceremony for the fifth Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. This international award, consisting of a medal and $50,000, recognizes innovative research into the role of diet and micronutrients in health promotion and disease prevention, and the role of oxidative and nitrative stress in disease pathology. The prize winner will present the last talk of the day on Friday, May 15, 2009.

Free Public Session

Don't miss the free public session on Saturday, May 16, 2009, featuring Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor at New York University and award-winning author of several books on food politics and safety. Dr. Nestle's talk "What to Eat" will address the economic and political factors that influence what we eat and will ask which counts more—individual choice or food company marketing and government policy.