A symposium honoring the late Professor Vernon R. Young, who died in March 2004, was held at MIT last month.
The daylong event on Nov. 12, "Looking Ahead in Honoring the Past," had been in the works for over a year as a Festschrift honoring Young's many contributions and achievements in nutritional science. After Young's death at age 66 from complications from renal cancer, the committee planning the event unanimously agreed to hold it as a celebration of Young's research in amino acids and of the work of others in similar fields.
Proceedings of the symposium will be published as a supplement in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Additional copies will be distributed to developing countries by the International Nutrition Foundation.
In an effort to insure that groundbreaking research in human nutrition continues, The Vernon R. Young Commemorative Fund has been established under the auspices of The International Nutrition Foundation to fund international fellowships in the field of nutrition as memorials to Young's life and work.