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The UV Foundation is committed to funding educational efforts designed to increase the public awareness of the biologic effects of ultraviolet light
 
 
The primary goal of the UV Foundation is to fund research projects that will lead to a better understanding of the full scope of the biologic effects of ultraviolet light. Although the field of photobiology has existed for more than 100 years, research into areas such as vitamin D production and positive effects of ultraviolet light exposure is vastly under funded and little understood today. A better understanding of these areas will be in the best interest of the public health. The second goal of the UV Foundation is to engage in efforts to increase public awarness about the affects of uv light. The publication of this data benefits the general public, the scientific community and those in position to influence the general public, state and federal legislators and regulators. We hope that these efforts will lead to a better public understanding of the calculus between benefits and risks of UV light, and will create a synergistic effect in the research community, fostering the impetus to conduct more research into this important field.

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Holick Receives Linus Pauling Award

The pioneering research of Michael F. Holick, Ph.D,MD has earned him the 2007 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award. Dr. Holick received the award May 24th while attending the 14th International Symposium on Functional Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, sponsored by The Institute for Functional Medicine, located in Gig Harbor, WA.

The Linus Pauling Award is given for research that is changing the thinking about a biomedical problem. Linus Pauling is the only person ever to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes – for chemistry (1954) and for peace (1962). His colleagues often acknowledged Dr. Pauling as the most influential chemist since Lavosier, the 18th Century founder of the modern science of chemistry.

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HARVARD STUDY SUGGESTS TANNING PROTECTS AGAINST MELANOMA

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, recently reported ground breaking research which indicates that tanning may indeed protect against melanoma skin cancer. Lead researchers have been studying a gene called p53, also known as the “master watchman of the genome”. This gene has long been known to act as a tumor suppressor that protects DNA from cancer-causing damage. Specifically, p53 regulates cell lifespan and growth, which ensures that cells do not mutate or multiply uncontrollably as occurs in cancerous cells.Researchers have found that p53 also plays a significant role in the tanning process by initiating a chain of events that culminates in the production of melanin, or dark pigmentation. This tan then in turn protects skin from sun damage and, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “can reduce one’s risk of melanoma. ”In fact, the “number one risk factor for melanoma is an inability to tan,” notes David E. Fisher MD, PhD, director of the Melanoma Program at Dana-Farber and senior author of this study. Those who tan easily or have dark skin pigmentation have the lowest incidence of melanoma. Overwhelming evidence suggests that genetics plays the biggest role in determining an individual’s risk for melanoma. This new research shows that the natural biological process of tanning can further protect our skin from overexposure and therefore reduce our chances of developing this deadly disease. For more information about this study please visit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s website at: http://www.dana-farber.org/abo/news/press/2007/guardian-of-the-genome-protein-found-to-underlie-skin-tanning.html
 
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