CRN, ASN honor two researchers for work in supplement industry

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition and the American Society for Nutrition on Monday recognized two researchers for their work in the supplement industry.

Xiang-Dong Wang and Mario Ferruzzi were awarded the Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award and the Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award, respectively, at ASN’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting.

Wang, senior scientist and director at the Nutrition and Cancer Biology Laboratory at Tufts University, is a recognized leader in the field of nutrition and cancer prevention, particularly with regard to his research on carotenoids/retinoids and their impact on carcinogenesis. Wang has co-authored numerous published peer-reviewed journal articles about the impact of specific bioactives on certain cancers. He is affiliated with ASN and the American Society of Cancer and Research.

Ferruzzi, associate professor, food science and nutrition, Purdue University, is recognized for his research on understanding the impact of the food matrix and food processing on phytochemical stability, bioavailability and metabolism. Ferruzzi serves as a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. The awards are jointly presented by CRN and ASN to recognize outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health.

The awards are named in honor of the late Mary Swartz Rose (1874-1941), founder and president of what was then the American Institute of Nutrition (now ASN). The Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award is given to an investigator with 10 years or more of postgraduate training, for outstanding preclinical and/or clinical research on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements, as well as essential nutrients and other bioactive food components that may be distributed as supplements or functional food components. The Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award is based on the same qualifications, but is given to an investigator with 10 years or less of postgraduate training. Made possible by a $50,000 grant from CRN to fund the awards over five consecutive years, this is the fourth year that CRN has presented this award.

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