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State-of-the-art facility unveiled at WIT’s €4m Vision Research Centre

Mr Paudie Coffey TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, opened officially two state-of-the-art laboratories at Waterford Institute of Technology’s €4 million Vision Research Centre which houses the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG).

The new labs will support the MPRG’s ambition to generate viable industry for the south east by developing more efficient methods of harvesting lutein, a nutrient essential for optimal vision and protection against the world’s leading cause of blindness – Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

According to Prof John Nolan, Principal Investigator of MPRG, “The global demand for lutein is growing rapidly as people begin to understand the importance of this nutrient for eye heath and general wellbeing. With the aid of our new and specialised world-class laboratories, and funding from the European Research Council (ERC), we are investigating efficient ways to generate and obtain lutein from natural sources. This is important because we are currently dependent on the marigold flower, which is highly seasonal and country dependent. If this project is successful we will greatly advance science in this area and generate opportunity for major industry in Ireland.”

Opening the new labs,...

State-of-the-art facility unveiled at WIT’s €4m Vision Research Centre

State-of-the-art facility unveiled at WIT’s €4m Vision Research Centre

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