Professor John Nolan, the Howard Chair in Human Nutrition Research at the Waterford Institute of Technology, was honoured at a prestigious awards dinner in New York, held on 12th September 2019. Professor Nolan was named among the 2019 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 announced by Irish America magazine at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The list celebrates excellence by Irish and Irish-American leaders in fields such as medical care; pharmaceuticals; biotechnology; medical devices; research and development and life sciences venture capital.
Professor Nolan is founder and director of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI). He is also the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (a specialised group within this centre). The NRCI is part of the School of Health Science at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Carriganore campus, where the Howard Foundation UK has invested in research infrastructure, people and studies.
Presenting the awards, Patricia Harty, editor, Irish America, said: “Professor Nolan is an inspiration to all of us. His work is truly revolutionary, especially in the area of nutritional supplementation for visual function. He and the others we recognise and celebrate with our Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 do incredible work with huge positive impacts on the lives of countless people around the world. ”
Christine Mayer, editor-in-chief stated, “Molecular Nutrition & Food Research is excited to publish this special issue titled ‘Nutrition for the Eye and Brain’. The individual contributions have been selected by the enthusiastic guest editor, Prof. John Nolan. Together, we feel that this issue will help to bring these exciting topics into the wider community of food and nutrition scientists and to inspire collaborations and spark new approaches in nutrition-driven eye and brain research.“
In the issue’s editorial, which he dedicated to Dr. Alan Howard of the Howard Foundation, Prof. Nolan wrote: “When we speak about nutrition for the eye and brain, the default will be to provide advice and recommendations in support of good nutrition, healthy eating, a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle, and so on. While all of the above is the standard for good advice, science now suggests that we can be more specific. For example, we can now measure the macro- and micronutrients that have been identified in the eye and brain. ”
The front cover of the special issue features a digital recreation of artwork titled “Enter,” which has a special backstory: this work was created by artist Marilyn Robinson,who had previously heard Prof. Nolan deliver a guest lecture in Colorado, USA.
The next BON conference will be held in July 2021.
A two-year review by a team from the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) in the School of Health Science at Waterford Institute of Technology, part-funded by the Howard Foundation and the European Research Council, has published a report in the 10th Annual Review of Food Science and Technology. The review focuses on the part played by nutrition in cognition and Alzheimer’s disease which is the most common form of dementia. The report is available here.
Following the success of the first BON (Brain and Ocular Nutrition) Conference at Downing College, Cambridge in July 2018, a second conference will be held at the same venue on 5th-7thJuly 2021. For further information see www.bonconference.org
On 20th June the results of an 18 month study, sponsored by the Howard Foundation and pioneered by Dr Alan Howard were announced. This was covered in two TV broadcasts on the same day. Links to clips from these broadcasts are below. The research was conducted at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland in collaboration with the University Hospital Waterford, Ireland.
Click here for the RTE News Clip (2 mins) – their story is from the Irish 1 o’clock News and features discussion with a couple from Piltown, Kilkenny, Ireland whose lives have been improved as a result of this groundbreaking research.
Click here for the segment from Sky Sunrise News (4 mins) – which contains an interview about the study with Professor Riona Mulcahy. Dr Mulcahy is a consultant specialising in dementia at the University Hospital Waterford and is medical consultant to the research.
The latest clinical trial sponsored by the Foundation and conducted by Waterford Institute of Technology examined the effect of nutritional compounds on people with Alzheimer’s disease and unveiled a ‘statistically significant’ find. The 18-month study identified that patients receiving a formula containing macular carotenoids and fish oil maintained increased cognitive abilities and quality of life.
Since 2009 the Foundation has sponsored numerous clinical trials conducted by Waterford Institute of Technology, and has funded numerous Fellowships, the principal bequest being a Chair in Human Nutrition funded permanently by it from October 2016, the current holder being Professor John Nolan PhD.
The prominent of numerous recent scientific articles have been:
In the MDPI Foods Journal (Feb 2018) describing early trials of how macular carotenoids may be beneficial to human function and health. See the paper: http://www.mdpi.com/2304-8158/7/2/20 for details of this research.
Latest research sponsored by the Foundation will be presented at the BON (Brain and Ocular Nutrition) Conference to be held 11-13 July 2018 at Downing College, Cambridge.
The Foundation is organising the “BON” (Brain and Ocular Nutrition) Conference at Downing College, Cambridge 11th – 13th July 2018 dedicated to the role of nutrition and lifestyle for the eye and brain where nutritional scientists discuss research findings and discuss ideas relating to the role of nutrition for human health and wellbeing: see www.bonconference.org.