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Groundbreaking Today for ARS Western Human
Nutrition Research Center By
August 22, 2002
Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled today for a new
laboratory and office building for the Agricultural Research Service's
Western Human Nutrition Research
Center at Davis, Calif. The two-story structure will total approximately
49,000 square feet and will cost about $25 million to build. Construction at
the two-acre site on the University of
California, Davis campus is expected to be completed by summer 2005,
according to Nutrition Center Director
Janet C. King.
The center's scientists conduct leading-edge research into ways
that vitamins, minerals, and other active components of food can improve the
health of the cardiovascular and immune systems and reduce the risk of chronic
disease. In addition, other studies focus on obesity--America's number one
nutrition problem; and the effects of self-imposed dieting on bone strength,
brain function, and additional health factors.
What's more, the researchers are pioneering investigations into
how newly emerging findings about our genes can be used to discover each
individual's unique, gene-based nutrient needs. The scientists have won major
national and international awards for their research.
The ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center was established
at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1980, and was relocated to Davis in 1999.
The center's staff of about 60 includes chemists, physiologists and other
scientists, administrative specialists and others. Currently, they work in nine
different buildings throughout the campus. The university is located in
northern California, southwest of Sacramento.
The center is part of a nationwide network of Human Nutrition
Research Centers operated by ARS, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.