An audience of 200 students and professionals attended the annual conference of the Carotene Research Interest Group (CARIG), held in April, in conjunction with the gathering of the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting. For the first time in its history, CARIG had formally become part of the American Society of Nutrition, as a Research Interest Section (RIS). Prof. John Landrum, of Florida International University, the CARIG Chair, welcomed those in attendance and turned the program over to Dr Elizabeth Johnson, of the Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, organizing coordinator for the 2008 conference. She gave a brief cumulative history of CARIG, including the roster of the first six presenters of the James Allen Olson Memorial Perspectives on Carotenoids lecture (named for one of CARIG’s founding members). Dr Johnson introduced Dr Arun Barua, emeritus faculty member at the Iowa State University, to give the seventh annual lecture in this series, entitled The Hidden Beauty of Carotenoids: From Brilliant Color to Human Health, which stressed the importance of carotenoids for diverse life forms
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