The brains behind the initiative
She has written more than 150 international publications and continues to make contributions with worldwide impact. Her scientific work has been driven by social concern and a need to understand and implement changes in the approaches to HIV/AIDS, SIDS, diet deficiencies and development, mental illnesses, drug and alcohol abuse, and toxic substances in the air and food chain. A central place in her work has been her explorations into the multi-factorial inheritance of mental disorders, the neglect of epigenetic factors – marine fat (Omega-3) and associated raised risk of CNS disorders (schizophrenia, Parkinsonism, Alzheimer).
“Her work, while broad, cuts deep into the subject matter. At this time of super-specialisation in science, professor Letten F Saugstad is unusual; not unlike Darwin, she takes the time to develop new ideas and reflect on her observations, often deriving a new synthesis and perspective” (Quote Pierre Flor-Henry in his comment on Letten F.Saugstad’s Maturation Theory).
Some of her papers are published in the book: “From Genetics to Epigenetics”.
Her 80 years birthday was celebrated with a special symposium “Marinefat: nutrition for the brain” at Oxford University.
Her LF 25 anniversary was celebrated in Harare, Zimbabwe with an international symposium and opening of Letten Research center.