Professor John Nolan is a Fulbright scholar and currently holds a chair for Human Nutrition Research at the School of Health Sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is the founder and director of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) and is also the principal investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group. His research group studies the role of nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness. In 2011, Prof Nolan won a prestigious European Research Council (research grant to study the impact of nutritional supplementation on visual function via two major clinical trials. These trials identified how targeted nutrition can improve visual function for the general population and for patients with age-related macular degeneration. Current studies at the NRCI are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function.