Professor for Healthy Ageing
Manfred Eggersdorfer studied chemistry at the Technical University Munich and did his PhD in organic chemistry in the field of synthesis of unusual amino acid. He was post-doc at the Stanford-University, California working with Carl Djerassi on the isolation of sterols from marine origin as potential contraceptives. He joined Roche in 1999 as Head of R+D Vitamins and continued in this responsibility after DSM acquired this business in 2003. In 2010 he took up the responsibility for Nutrition Science and & Advocacy at DSM. In 2013 he was installed as Professor for Healthy Ageing at the University Medical Center Groningen. His scientific work focuses on the role of essential nutrients for health, vitality, and well-being, especially on the impact of inadequate intake and status of micronutrients over the life cycle with a focus on long term health and healthy ageing.
He is active as member of the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he was member of the Nutrition Council of Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy and the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institute Karlsruhe. Currently he acts as Board member of the Gesellschaft für Angewandte Vitaminforschung e.V in Germany.
He has published numerous papers and several books on vitamins, carotenoids, omega fatty acids and nutraceuticals for a healthy life and healthy ageing. Right now he dedicates his scientific activities on the role of micronutrients for a well-functioning immune system as important factor for the immune system.