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International Symposium On Carotenoids Marks Half Century
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International Symposium On Carotenoids Marks Half Century
The International Carotenoid Society (ICS) will this year celebrate a half century since the inception of its International Symposium on Carotenoids event, to be held 9 – 14 July in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The 18th International Symposium on Carotenoids will see the best and brightest scientists in academia, government and industry come together to share and raise public awareness of the latest research and developments in carotenoids. A principal objective of the ICS is to promote the education of young scientists and the public about the importance of carotenoids as naturally occurring pigments and essential components present in virtually every living organism.

The ICS was founded in 2001, 35 years after the first symposium in 1966, to promote and encourage research and study in all areas of carotenoid science. The society now offers a thriving worldwide interdisciplinary community for researchers studying in the field. Celebrating its half century mark, the International Symposium on Carotenoids is now the official symposium of the ICS. Introduced for the first time this year is the conference’s Young Investigators Forum, which will provide a platform for researchers commencing their studies in the field to present their work and collaborate with senior scientists.

Nearly 300 delegates from all over the world will attend this year’s symposium and hear from almost 100 speakers on science critical to key industries today. Highlights will be ten keynote lectures covering the relevant topics in carotenoid research, from nutrition and health, analytics and synthesis, plant genetics and establishment of Dietary Reference Intakes for individuals incorporating perspectives based on genetic polymorphisms. Lisa Renzi Hammond, Assistant Professor, and Billy Hammond, Professor at the University of Georgia, will present neuroimaging data demonstrating that lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation is capable of influencing neural connectivity. Dr. James Stringham, Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia, will discuss findings from his recent study that found dietary supplementation with the carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin, increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which may support improved memory and cognitive performance.

Martha Neuringer, Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, will present her latest findings through her research with the Center for Nutrition Learning and Memory, and confirms: "Using the best accepted model of human brain development, our novel data indicates that an infant formula containing lutein and natural vitamin E, rather than synthetic vitamin E alone, results in brain functional connectivity closer to that of breastmilk. As this method measures the maturity of connections between and amongst brain systems, these findings move us closer to understanding how these important and exciting brain nutrients function in the developing brain."

John Landrum, President of the ICS, said of the Symposium: “The carotenoid research community continues to grow and thrive, and this year’s event will be another great opportunity for our community to engage and share ideas and expertise, as well as mentoring and supporting younger scientists working with and studying carotenoids. They are the future of this field. The ICS symposia are also an important platform for us to enhance public awareness of the nature and function of carotenoids, and it is vital that new research and developments are brought into focus. Switzerland has historically played a significant role in carotenoid research and is one of the leading players in industrial production and formulation of key carotenoids, so it’s the perfect choice for the 2017 Symposium. We look forward to welcoming old friends and new at the event, and the sharing of research and expertise from the brightest minds in this field.”

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Analysis Just Got Easier With New RSSL Website
Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL), is promising customers a dramatic improvement to their online experience of working with the UK's leading provider of analytical and technical services, following a complete rebuild of the RSSL website.

New features have been added to enhance the search for information, including options to download white papers, fact sheets and videos, and to permit visitors to book training courses online. RSSL's results-online service continues to be offered via the website.

The new website features a clean, modern, responsive design, arranging RSSL services into three specific areas: Pharmaceutical and Healthcare, Food and Consumer Goods, Pharmaceutical Training. It is now easier for visitors to explore the range of analytical, product development and training services that RSSL offers.

RSSL's latest industry news and events will feature more prominently, making it easier for customers to access a range of free events, such as the “QP or Not to QP” seminar, and allergen briefing sessions.

Visitors will also be able to sign up to receive RSSL's newsletters, including the ever-popular Food e-news, which covers the latest industry research as well as legislation and product recalls.

Furthermore, the new website also allows users to share and post services and pages that interest them with others via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Explore the new RSSL website at
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Abertay University New £3.5m Science Labs Boasts Consumer Experience Laboratory
Professor Dame Anne Glover unveiled Abertay University’s new £3.5m science laboratories marking an “investment in the future of Scottish science.”

A morning ceremony was held to mark the official opening of the labs in Dundee, which will boast Scotland’s only Consumer Experience Laboratory for use by Abertay’s Division of Food and Drink - recently named top in Scotland by the Guardian Good University Guide 2018.

The labs have four distinct areas to support the teaching and research of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, which also includes Forensics and Biomedical Sciences.

In addition to providing a cutting edge teaching and learning space, the labs will also be able to support external business projects such as food testing and product development.

The Consumer Experience Laboratory is made up of 12 climatically controlled booths for the sensory analysis of food.

A preparation and serving room is linked to a kitchen, while a waiting room can be used for consumer experience testing, student tutorials and small group working.

The New Product Development Laboratory will house pilot scale food manufacturing across a range of food processes and industries.

Featuring two labs, a large teaching area will be used by the forensic science and biomedical science divisions, while the final space – a learning/social area – is multi-purpose and includes an 84-inch screen and seating.

Students assisted in the design of all labs, helping to shape both layout and decorative features.

Professor Dame Glover, a distinguished biologist, former Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission , said: “By building these labs Abertay has invested in the future of Scottish science and these new facilities will undoubtedly benefit students and researchers for years to come.

“The importance of STEM subjects cannot be overestimated and it’s fantastic that such a well-appointed resource will be placed at the disposal of the next generation of scientists.”

Principal Nigel Seaton said: “By investing in these new laboratories Abertay has demonstrated a commitment to providing a technology-rich learning and research environment for our students and staff.

“The courses we offer in food and drink, forensics and biomedical sciences will benefit greatly from these enhanced facilities, as will projects brought forward by our business partners from across the UK.”

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