James Allen Olson was a bio- chemist/nutrition scientist, men- tor, colleague and friend to many of us. He was the father of VARIG (Vitamin A Research Interactive Group) and CARIG (Carotenoid Research Interactive Group) at the Experimental Biology meet- ings and one of the founding members of IVACG (International Vitamin A Consultative Group). At IVACG he was frequently request- ed to provide updates on vitamin A and carotenoid metabolism and he carried the torch for food- based approaches to vitamin A deficiency as a vital component of any micronutrient control pro- gram. For many years Jim and I worked together within IVACG and as research colleagues in vitamin A metabolism, assessment of status and promotion of sustainable intervention pro- grams. It is a privilege and an honor to be asked to speak at this memorial lecture and to reflect back to some of the significant years in vitamin A and carotenoid research and programs.
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