Montana State University

April 16 lecture to focus on impact of nutritional supplements

March 28, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the impact nutritional supplements have on human health will be given on Monday, April 16, at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies.

Bruce Ames, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present "Increasing Health and Longevity with Optimal Micronutrients" at 4 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Ames, who is also a senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, will discuss a strategy for determining the optimum level of micronutrients in humans. Most of the world's population, even in developed countries, has inadequate intake of one or more micronutrients (around 40 essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids). Modest shortages of even a single micronutrient, though insufficient to cause clear clinical symptoms, can impair long-term health. New understanding of nutrition promises to substantially delay age-associated degenerative diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, stroke and immune dysfunction.

Ames is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and served on the Academy's Commission on Life Sciences. He served on the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute from 1976 to 1982. His many awards include the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Prize, the Tyler Environmental Prize, the Gold Medal Award of the American Institute of Chemists, the Glenn Foundation Award of the Gerontological Society of America, the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research, the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal from the Genetics Society of America, and the American Society for Nutrition/CRN M.S. Rose Award.

Ames' lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features four to six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers. For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, visit http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/kopriva.html.

Evelyn Boswell at (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu