Utah Company Funds Air Quality and Nutrition Research at Utah State University
Lake City, UT—October 3, 2011— There are more than 100 days each year
with poor air quality in Cache Valley, Utah. Poor air quality impacts
health by limiting lung function and by weakening defenses against
illness; children and the elderly are at higher risk.
partnership between the Applied Nutrition Research team at Utah State
University and USANA Health Sciences, a Utah-based global nutritional
supplement company, was announced this week. Clinical research to study
the effects of nutritional supplementation to combat health consequences
associated with Cache Valley’s poor air quality will begin soon.
Valley experiences poor air quality most often during winter months
when high-pressure systems act as a lid to trap pollutants from car
exhaust and wood burning chimney fires. The problem isn’t specific to
Cache Valley. Other areas of the state, including the Salt Lake Valley,
experience poor air quality and lengthy inversions. Air pollution is a
Led by Dr. Michael Lefevre, a
USTAR professor in USU’s College of Agriculture focusing on overall
human health and personalized medicine, the USTAR-funded Applied Nutrition Research
team will conduct the clinical research study to understand the connection between dietary antioxidants and the impact of PM2.5,
small particulate pollution, on the respiratory systems of at-risk groups. Recruitment for the study begins immediately.
lodges in the lung and causes irritation and inflammation,” says Dr. John Cuomo, USANA
Executive Director of Research and Development. “This inflammation goes
on to induct airway constriction and reduce lung function. Our
supplement mix may significantly reduce the inflammatory cascade started
and maintain better lung function in supplemented subjects vs. placebo.”
The state-of-the-art USTAR BioInnovations Center
located on the Utah State University Innovation Campus provides the research infrastructure for the clinical study.
partnership with Utah State University’s Applied Nutrition Research
team and USANA allows USU to capitalize on sophisticated research
facilities constructed as part of the USTAR initiative,” said Dr. Robert
T. Behunin, vice president for Commercialization and Regional
Development at USU.
exemplifies the USTAR mission—to move university research out of the lab
for economic impact within the state. We’re particularly excited to see
innovative research at USU supporting one of Utah’s most significant
economic engines, the dietary supplement industry,” said Tamara Goetz,
state science advisor, Governor’s office of Economic Development.
Utah’s supplement industry represents $6.1 billion in annual revenue, Goetz said.
to Behunin, at Utah State University, every dollar spent on research
generates an additional $.76 in economic value for the state. USANA is
the first Utah company to partner with the Applied Nutrition Research
“This is a unique opportunity to
work with top-notch scientists in a state-of-the-art research facility,”
says Dan Macuga, USANA vice president of marketing, public relations
and social media. “USANA is a company that values research and
innovation, so we are excited to be a part of a scientific study that
may have far-reaching health implications.”
USTAR BioInnovations Center, a 110,000-square-foot research facility
constructed as an investment by the Utah state legislature to build
Utah’s knowledge economy through the construction of high-tech research
facilities, was dedicated in October 2010. Research space includes a
laboratory, a commercial kitchen as well as a medical clinic used to
assess health of participants.
BioInnovations Center at Utah State University is an incredible resource
that allows us the ability to conduct the sophisticated research
required for clinical trials, such as this one,” said Lefevre.
is now underway—Cache Valley residents in general good health between
the ages of 55-80 who are interested in participating in this study may
visit the web site (http://anr.usu.edu
) for more information. Questions may be directed to 435-797-4226 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
USTAR: The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a
long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah's "knowledge
economy” and generate high-paying jobs. Funded in March 2006 by the
State Legislature, USTAR is based on three program areas. The first area
involves funding for strategic investments at the University of Utah
and Utah State University to recruit world-class researchers. The second
area is to build state-of-the-art interdisciplinary facilities at these
institutions for the innovation teams. The third program area involves
teams that work with companies and entrepreneurs across the state to
promote science, innovation and commercialization activities. For more
information, go to (www.innovationutah.com) or follow USTAR on Twitter at (http://twitter.com/Innovationutah). For USU USTAR information, visit on the web: (http://ustar.usu.edu) or follow on Twitter: (http://twitter.com/USU_USTAR).
About USANA: USANA Health Sciences develops and manufactures high-quality
personal care, energy and weight management products that are sold
directly to Preferred Customers and Associates throughout the United
States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South
Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mexico, the Netherlands and
the United Kingdom. Additionally, USANA’s wholly-owned subsidiary,
BabyCare, Ltd., operates a direct selling business in China. Learn more
on its website (www.usana.com), read the blog (www.whatsupusana.com), follow them on Twitter @USANAInc, or like them on Facebook.
Jacoba Mendelkow Poppleton
Utah State University
USANA Health Sciences, Inc.