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Where’d I Put My Keys? The Dog Might Remember.

March 24th, 2008

Associate Professor Tory Hagen studies mitochondria, stress response mechanisms and aging. He’s a biochemist in our Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and is also a member of the Linus Pauling Institute. With colleagues from the University of Toronto, University of California/Berkeley, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and Juvenon, Inc., he has discovered that nutritional supplements successfully improve the memory, ability to learn and cognitive function of old dogs – and might be able to do the same thing with humans.

Click here for the full journal article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17622567

Faculty from a few departments in the College of Science are members of the Linus Pauling Institute. The relationship between the two units is so close that our new science center, the Linus Pauling Science Center, will be home to LPI, some of the department of chemistry as well as life science instructional facilities. The building will house equipment used by both units, as well as colleagues across campus. Here’s a bit more info on LPI, including a link to subscribe to their newsletter:

The Linus Pauling Institute’s mission is to:

  • Determine the function and role of vitamins and essential minerals (micronutrients) and chemicals from plants (phytochemicals) in promoting optimum health and preventing and treating disease
  • Determine the role of oxidative and nitrative stress and antioxidants in human health and disease
  • Help people everywhere achieve a healthy and productive life, full of vitality, with minimal suffering, and free of cancer and other debilitating diseases.


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