Linus PaulingMore than 40 years ago, Dr. Linus Pauling concluded that vitamins and other essential micronutrients play a significant role in enhancing health and preventing disease. Thus, in 1973 he co-founded the Linus Pauling Institute to carry out research in this field that he believed would be of enormous importance to public health.

In 1996, the LPI moved to the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. It now operates as one of the University’s Research Centers and Institutes. It is principally supported by gifts from individuals, private corporations, and foundations, research grants from private and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, and continuing support from OSU.


The Linus Pauling Institute's mission is to promote optimal health through cutting-edge nutrition research and trusted public outreach.

To accomplish this we will:

Discover basic mechanisms underlying the biology of aging and the causes of metabolic and age-related diseases

Develop effective strategies to extend healthspan by compressing morbidity and reducing mortality from metabolic and age-related diseases through diet, micronutrients, and phytochemicals

Promote the principles of healthy living and healthy aging in the public arena, thereby empowering people everywhere to add years of health and vitality to their lives

Advancing healthspan, not just lifespan, is our passion


Linus Pauling Science CenterResearch programs at the Linus Pauling Institute investigate the role that vitamins and essential minerals (micronutrients) and chemicals from plants (phytochemicals) play in human aging, immune function, and chronic disease. The goal of these studies is to understand the mechanisms by which diet, micronutrients, and dietary supplements affect disease initiation and progression and can be used in the prevention or treatment of human diseases, thereby enhancing lifespan and healthspan.

More information about micronutrients and phytochemicals, many of which are available as dietary supplements, can be found in the Linus Pauling Institute's Micronutrient Information Center.

Journalists wishing to contact members of the Linus Pauling Institute can consult our media contact page.

For more about our founder, Dr. Linus Carl Pauling, see his biography or our biographical timeline.

Interested in touring the Linus Pauling Science Center? Send us an email and one of our staff will be happy to show you around.