Submitted to: Journal of Nutrition
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/14/2008
Publication Date: 1/1/2009
Citation: Rosenberg, I. 2009. History of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Journal of Nutrition. 139:192-193.
Technical Abstract: The Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, while quite a mouthful, is aptly named, since it has contributed substantially to the legacy of Jean Mayer, to the scientific stature of the USDA and, in Atwater’s tradition, to the department’s contributions to human nutrition. At the same time the center has pioneered in embedding of concepts of aging within the human nutrition and health agenda, while elevating the stature of Tufts University, with a signature program in nutrition and health science. The events leading to the establishment of the HNRCA, with its 15 stories of research space on the Health Sciences campus of Tufts University in Boston, with its scientific staff of 300, and with its accrual of more than 7,000 alumni of its studies on human nutrition (thus making it the largest center on nutrition and aging in the world), has a history which is embedded in both domestic and international developments, especially in the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Those were rich decades in the history of nutrition and nutrition science in this country, and in many ways the establishment of the HNRCA in 1978 was a culmination of some of those events.