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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Vitamin E, Free Radicals and Your Health

Keith Ingold, National Research Council

If you took a Vitamin E supplement this morning, this is a breakfast you shouldn't miss. Come and find out how vitamin E was discovered to be one of the most effective free radical fighters, and how free radical chemistry can also be used beneficially to create new industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Organic free radicals are highly reactive substances that are involved in "oxidation" processes both in living systems and in industrially important reactions. Such oxidation can be harmful, causing "aging" diseases, spoiling food, and making automobile oils too viscous to lubricate engines.

Keith Ingold is the award-winning NRC scientist who transformed this field into a rigorous modern study with enormous impact in science, medicine and health. Dr. Ingold is Distinguished Research Scientist of the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences and 1998 winner of the Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

DATE: Thursday, April 15, 1999 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am