Philip Calder, 2016 Awardee

Prof. Philip CALDER

Image CALDER PhilipSan Diego (April 5th, 2016) – Prof. Philip Calder of the University of Southampton (UK) is named as the 10th recipient of the  Danone International Prize for Nutrition for his cutting edge research on fatty acid metabolism and functionality, focusing notably on the immune, inflammatory and cardiometabolic systems. A particular strength of his research is its translational approach, extending the results of research in mechanistic and basic nutrition science to studies in humans, thereby influencing the development of nutritional guidelines and innovative treatments. In his Prize Lecture, Prof Calder previewed his most recent unpublished findings on the value of omega-3 fatty acids to pregnant women and their offspring.

Being healthy requires that one eats healthily. The proposition appears obvious, yet the specific mechanisms behind this truth have long remained very vague, not least with regard to fatty acids. As components of nutrition they play a crucial role. Prof. Calder’s findings have shown that fatty acids – or a lack of them – are involved in a broad spectrum of common diseases ranging from diverse allergies through to atherosclerosis and inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease. The work carried out in this area over the last 25 years, to which Prof. Philip Calder has made important contributions, has deepened the scientific community’s understanding of the underlying mechanisms that explain the relationship between nuDanone Prize Ceremony Preview-015trition and immunity, the important first step in the formulation of nutritional advice for better feeding the immune system. 

UPDATE: Discover the pictures of the lecture and ceremony

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Pictures of the laureate

Press kit (available in English, French and Spanish)

  • Press Release: “Feeding the Immune System” takes centre stage at Experimental Biology Congress 2016

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  • Press kit: “Feeding the Immune System”

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  • Interview of Prof. Philip Calder (Laureate of the 10th Danone International Prize for Nutrition) – duration 14:30

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  • Interview of Prof. Olivier Goulet (President of the Danone Institute International) – duration 7:30

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Infographic on “Feeding the Immune System” in English, Spanish and French

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