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Abbott and University of Illinois Establish Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory


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The collaboration between Abbott and Illinois will take the field of nutrition science into new territory, with a focus on resources that historically have rarely been applied to nutrition science research. The center will utilize two world-renowned research facilities on the Urbana campus, the Institute for Genomic Biology and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, in addition to the University's Division of Nutritional Sciences and Neuroscience Program.

"Combining Abbott's leadership in science-based nutrition with the best-in-class capabilities at Illinois and the world's best scientific minds in the areas of nutrition, brain and cognition will allow us to advance unique and meaningful breakthroughs in this area of research," said Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., divisional vice president, R&D and Scientific Affairs, Abbott Nutrition.

Illinois Professor Neal Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience Program, will be a director of the new Center. "Enhancing learning and memory through nutrition could have truly transformative effects on childhood development and resisting the effects of aging and disease," said Cohen. "This collaboration builds on more than 20 years of scientific partnership between Abbott and the university."

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