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Nutrition Science Passion

Friday, April 06, 2012

We are proud to announce the Biosyntrx sponsorship of the Ocular Nutrition Society Fellowship Program, which will be launched at  the April 14-15, 2012 St. Louis, MO joint nutrition science meeting of the Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS) and the university of Missouri School of Optometry.     

Nutrition science education seems to be dependent on intense passion for the subject. Today's column is dedicated to introducing our Friday Pearl readers to 10 learned optometrists, ophthalmologists and nutrition science leaders who dare to be different, think way out of the box, focus, push for perfection, take responsibility end to end, and make a difference in healthcare and age management. 

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."   Steve Jobs

Jeffrey  Anshel, OD, FAAO:   The popular nutrition science lecturer, as well as the tireless and always passionately hard-working founder and president of the Ocular Nutrition Society, which has provided over 80 well-designed COPE approved credit hours of continuing nutrition science education for ONS members and non-members since the society inception.

Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO:  The always curious, always attentive and frequently out-of- the- box high-energy and passionate nutrition science lecturer who also sits on the founding ONS board of directors. Stuart was the chief investigator of the Lutein Antioxidant Supplement Trial (LAST) as well as a number of other published nutrition science / eye disease studies.  Look for his outrageously exciting study on resveratrol and retina disease to be published soon.
Ben Lane, OD, MPH, FAAO:  Ben was one of the first ODs to passionately lecture worldwide on the role nutritional deficiency plays in eye disease. His most recent research addresses excessive use of denatured protein, vitamin B6 and folic-acid deficiencies as preventing normal remodeling of specific eye tissues affecting the tear film, pigmentary glaucoma, and exudative macular degeneration.
Jerre Freeman, MD:  Entrepreneur and founder of Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates (MECA), founder and chairman of EagleVision, founder of the World Cataract Foundation and the 10th Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professor Award recipient.  Dr. Freeman dares to look at medical innovation and nutrition science with a curious and always open mind.  He is also one of the first to passionately step up to the plate and support nutrition science education, as he did with his groundbreaking “Eye on Fire” course that addressed the role nutrient-deficiency-caused inflammation plays in eye disease.  Jerre Freeman also provided a generous educational grant to the ONS.
Janos Feher, MD, PhD:  Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Ophthalmic Neuroscience at the University of Rome, has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and was the lead investigator of the groundbreaking Omega-3 mitotropic copound study dedicated to improved cellular energy production through the use of CoQ10, acetyl-l-carnitine and fish oil, as it relates to AMD.  His current research is focused on the gut and its effect on overall health and degenerative diseases including eye disease.  Dr. Feher recently invented and patented a gut health nutrition-based formulation. 
Barrie Tan, PhD:  The brilliant and always passionate analytical chemist who introduced the first vitamin E tocopherol –free tocotrienol product derived from annatto beans.  He has done more to further understanding of the eight parts of the vitamin E molecule, and the important role Vitamin E tocotrienols play in overall health than any other nutrition scientist.
Dennis Gierhart, PhD:  A prolific carotenoid researcher who passionately believes in zeaxanthin science.  He is the founder of ZeaVision and the zeaxanthin supplementation patent holder.  Dennis is exceptionally curious where nutrition science is concerned and he is always generous when it comes to funding and sharing carotenoid research information with ONS members and sponsors.
Bill Sardi:  One of my most favorite nutrition science researcher / columnists who addresses both the big picture and the details. Bill can be depended on to never hold back when addressing the important role of specific nutrients and social issues that affect health and healthcare.  He supports nutrition science research with his own money, which speaks to the passion he has for the subject.  This week’s  Knowledge of Health - Sardi column addresses the overwhelming scientific evidence that supports the use of supplemental Vitamin D3 and the role it plays in age management.    His new book called Downsizing Your Body strongly suggests that our industrial food complex now breeds fat Americans.

Bruce Ames, PhD:  Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley and Senior Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).  Bruce has passionately worked longer and harder than any other scientist on ways to turn-up metabolism to optimize health.  He also lecturers worldwide on the role that the slightest nutritional deficiencies can play in DNA transcription and degenerative disease.
Richard Davis, MD:  The brilliant and passionate emergency room doc who dared to recommend rheopheresis, coupled with a well-designed daily multiple as a treatment for dry AMD. He was then one of the investigators for the eight-center FDA approved AMD study that became the basis for his founding and taking the Occulogic corporation public.  Rick Davis is one of my most favorite MD / redox scientist / biochemists.   

My favorite Richard Davis, MD quote: “By definition: all significant discoveries are ahead of their time.  They challenge long-held beliefs and test assumptions inherently thought unassailable.  Visionary people know that these advances form the real basis of science; and forever better our world.”

Ellen Troyer, MT MA
Biosyntrx CEO / Chief Research Officer


There are many other folks that I would like to recognize for advancing nutrition science passion and education including my business partner Spencer Thornton, MD, who was one of the first ophthalmologists to step up to the nutrition science education plate and lecture extensively on the role nutrients play in eye health.  

I will acknowledge the equally-important women of nutrition science in a follow-up Tribute to the Ladies of Nutrition Science .

The Biosyntrx founders, staff and scientific advisory board wish our Friday Pearl readers a Happy Holiday Weekend filled with great chocolate, beautiful colored eggs, friends and family.