A prominent biochemist will visit the West Virginia University campus on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to discuss the nutrition of healthy aging.

Bruce Ames, senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present two lectures to the WVU community as part of the Nath Lecture Series.

Ames will present “Vitamin and Mineral Inadequacy Accelerates Aging-associated Diseases” at 3 p.m. in the Fukushima Auditorium of the WVU Health Sciences Center.

That evening, he will discuss “Poor Nutrition Accelerates Aging-associated Disease: A Path to Prevention” at 7:30 in 1021 South Agricultural Sciences Building located on WVU’s Evansdale Campus.

Both lectures are open to the public, and faculty, staff, students, and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Ames is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was on its Commission on Life Sciences. He also served on the board of directors for the National Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1976 to 1982.

He has received numerous awards for his research including the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Prize, the Tyler Environmental Prize, the Gold Medal Award of the American Institute of Chemists, the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research, and the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal from the Genetics Society of America.

With more than 540 publications, Ames is among the most cited scientists in the world.

The Nath Lecture Series is funded through an endowment by Drs. Joginder Nath, professor emeritus of genetics, and Charlotte Nath, professor emeritus of family medicine in the WVU School of Medicine.

Ames’ lectures are sponsored by the Nath Lecture Series, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the college’s Division of Plant and Soil Sciences and Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, the Provost’s Office, the WVU Health Sciences Center, and the WVU Honors College.



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304-293-2381, Lindsay.Willey@mail.wvu.edu

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