The Ness Foundation, a charity, was founded in 1998. In 1999 it became an associated partner of the UHI Millennium Institute part of the Highland & Islands University. Its aims are to improve the quality of life of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.
In 2004 The Ness Foundation founded the Highland Lipids Interest Group to explore common areas of scientific research into lipids. The group brings together scientists whose interests span mental health, marine science, neutroceuticals and plant biology.
In September 2007 a joint conference was held with Equateq, an independent Research Development Laboratory owned by Adam and Cathra Kelliher, the daughter of David Horrobin; it also celebrated the opening of the David Horrobin Memorial Library.
Research focuses on why fish oils benefit those with mental disorders.
Current developments include the development of a niacin skin patch, which can be used to indicate an abnormal metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS) such as Omega 3 & Omega6.
The very important molecules in out body called prostaglandins stabilise the gut permeability and prevent large peptide fragments from eaten food passing through. Prostaglandins are derived from PUFAS so a deficiency of PUFAS will cause a low level of prostaglandins. PUFAS in the body are mainly stored in phospholipids, a foam of lipid.
The Ness Foundation
Detour Business Centre
from Rosemary Fost