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Conference Committee

  • Professor John M. Nolan

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Chair, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

  • Professor John M. Nolan

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Chair, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

    ​Professor John Nolan is the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland (www.mprg.ie). He is a Fulbright Scholar, Howard and European Research Council (ERC) Fellow. His research group studies the role of eye nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness. In February 2013, John was appointed Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. He has secured ~€4 million in research funding to date to support these studies. Professor Nolan has successfully supervised 14 students to MSc, PhD and MD level qualifications. He has presented at over 60 international scientific conferences and has published 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the topic. Professor Nolan is Chair of the international Macular Carotenoids Conference.

  • Professor Stephen Beatty

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, Institute of Eye Surgery, Waterford, Ireland

  • Professor Stephen Beatty

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, Institute of Eye Surgery, Waterford, Ireland

    ​Professor Stephen Beatty graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1990, and trained as an ophthalmic surgeon in Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Geneva. He has been a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in retinal disease since 2001. Stephen Beatty has a strong track record in research, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications, and his research interest include cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Stephen Beatty was appointed Professor at Waterford Institute of Technology in 2010 and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin in 2011.

  • Professor David Thurnham

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, University of Ulster, UK

  • Professor David Thurnham

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, University of Ulster, UK

    ​Professor ​David Thurnham is Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He is also currently a consultant for the Howard Foundation; Sight and Life Magazine (DSM, Basle, Switzerland); SEAMEO Regional Center for Food and Nutrition, (University of Indonesia) and Honorary Senior Scientist, (MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, UK). His research has focussed on the importance of micronutrients in public health. He has had a long-term interest in the anti-oxidant properties of the carotenoids and has been particularly interested in the interaction of inflammation and micronutrients, especially vitamin A and iron.

  • Professor John Landrum

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, Florida International University, Florida, USA

  • Professor John Landrum

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, Florida International University, Florida, USA

    Professor John Landrum, is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In 2007, Professor Landrum served as the chair for the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids and was vice-chairman in 2004. He has also served as chair of the Carotenoid Interactive Research Group, the Macula and Nutrition Group, and is the editor of the 2010 volume: Carotenoids: Physical, Chemistry and Biological Functions and Properties. He served as the treasurer for the International Carotenoid Society from 2005-2011 and is currently president-elect.  He became interested in carotenoids during the early 1980s soon after joining the University. During much of the past three decades, his research has focused on the study of carotenoids, specifically, the xanthophylls, lutein and zeaxanthin. Much of his work has been a collaborative study with Professor Richard A. Bone (biophysics), also at FIU. They were the first to apply modern methods to confirm the presence of lutein and identify zeaxanthin in the retina. Their early work utilized HPLC, UV-vis, and chemical derivatization and mass spectrometry to establish the unambiguous identity of the macular xanthophylls. In the early 1990s they identified meso-zeaxanthin as a principal component of the human macular pigment.  In 1997, their pioneering study demonstrated that dietary manipulation could produce highly significant increases of the macular pigment optical density.  In a case study in 2001, Landrum and Bone provided clear evidence that AMD is associated with reduced levels of xanthophylls in the retina. Dr. Landrum has modeled the conformational energetics of lutein and zeaxanthin using density functional methods which has provided an energetic basis for structural differences in these molecules.  In recent work, Professor Landrum’s group has shown that the composition of the macular pigment varies during the development of the retina following birth.  

  • Professor Richard Bone

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, Florida International University, Florida, USA

  • Professor Richard Bone

    Macular Carotenoids Committee Member, Florida International University, Florida, USA

    Professor Richard Bone received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol, UK in 1965. He spent a brief period at the University of Reading, UK as a research assistant under Robert Ditchburn where he first developed an interest in macular pigment. In 1967, he moved to the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica and completed his Ph.D. in biophysics working under the direction of John Sparrock. He remained at UWI. as a faculty member until 1980 when he joined the Department of Physics at Florida International University where he is currently a Professor. He published his first paper on the topic of the macular pigment in 1971 and has continued to work and publish in this field throughout the intervening years. His important contributions, in collaboration with Professor John Landrum, include the first definitive identification of the macular pigment, the distribution of its components, lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin, in the retina, the first study on the effects of lutein supplementation on macular pigment optical density (MPOD), and the first comparison of macular pigment in healthy and AMD eyes. His most recent contribution has been the development of a subject-friendly heterochromatic flicker photometer for simultaneous MPOD and lens density measurement.

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