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Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG)

The mission of the MPRG is to study the role of eye nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness.

The MPRG Vision Research Centre is based in Carriganore House, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland. This unique research facility offers state-of-the-art vision testing laboratories and infrastructure. In addition, the MPRG has a high quality biochemical laboratory, which allows the group to conduct clinical trials to the highest possible standard. The focus of the group's research concerns naturally occurring plant pigments known as carotenoids. Carotenoids play important roles throughout the body, but three particular carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) are found at the back of the eye (the macula) where they are collectively known as macular pigment.

Professor John Nolan (PhD, Fulbright Scholar, Howard Fellow, European Research Council Fellow), is the Principal Investigator of the MPRG, and has been working in the field of nutrition and vision for over a decade. He has published 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and is considered a key opinion leader in his field.

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Centre for Health Behaviour Research (CHBR)

TheCHBR carries out research in the following areas: physical activity interventions at the community and population level; active travel evaluation and interventions; drug and alcohol use and misuse; social disadvantage and physical activity; men’s health; national physical activity plan development; older adult physical activity in care settings.

The group attracts research funding from the European Commission, the Health Service Executive, Enterprise Ireland and local government.

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National Priority Area: Therapeutic Synthesis, Formulation Processing and Drug Delivery, Medical Devices, Connected Health and Independent Living
Institution:
Waterford Institute of Technology

Prof John Nolan
Principal Investigator
MPRG
Waterford Institute of Technology
T: +353 (0)51 834074
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Dr Niamh Murphy
CHBR
Waterford Institute of Technology
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