Howard Foundation

(Reg UK Charity
No 285822)

Established 1982



2014 News

November Update


Mrs Rita Steffensen, who founded “Cambridge Kuren” in Denmark in the 1980s as the first of a number of successful Scandinavian franchisees of the “Cambridge Diet”, has recently died, and the address given at her Memorial Service can be read here.


The Nutritional Research Laboratory at Waterford Institute of Technology part-funded by Howard Foundation is due to be officially opened in mid-February 2015.


The book on Downing College by Tim Rawle will now be published in September 2015 to allow a further cycle of photography depicting the seasons and College life; the refurbishment of Howard Building having been completed in readiness for the Michaelmas Term on schedule, photographs of the exterior and interior as refurbished, (copyright of Tim Rawle and Lewis Sinclair) can be viewed here


The Foundation has organised for the Regency Society, of Brighton, to stay in the College for the weekend of 16th/17th July 2016 as part of a visit to Cambridge, to include a lecture on College history and architecture, and a classical concert in the Theatre, both of these to be open to the public.

September Update


In August the Foundation established the Howard Chair in Human Nutrition at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), with the first incumbent with tenure selected as John Nolan, currently the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) there.


HF Chairman, Dr Alan Howard said “We have worked with the MPRG for over six years, and have been impressed by the novelty and importance of their research involving macular carotenoids.  We wish to ensure this work continues on a permanent basis and that WIT continues to develop as a leading scientific and academic centre in the south east of Ireland.”


The Foundation has also agreed to fund a two year Howard Fellowship, also at WIT, for Dr. Alfonso Prado-Cabrero, who will study the origins of the nutrients in the human eye which make up the protective eye pigments.  The Fellow has now taken up his post, and the Foundation wishes to thank its commercial partners in the manufacturing and marketing sectors of macular carotenoid supplementation for their support towards this Fellowship.


The Foundation has also agreed to support the establishment of a new laboratory at Carriganore House on WIT’s west campus, to be named the Howard-Darwin Laboratory, offering a unique facility in carotenoid research.  Joint funding and a design is now secured, enabling construction to proceed.


The Foundation has agreed to support a play reading event by the diplomat, historian and writer Henry Butterfield Ryan, who writes as Duke Ryan ( to be held at the Howard Theatre on the evening of Friday, 17th July 2015.

June Update

The Foundation is delighted that Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland,  has accepted the Foundation’s offer to establish and fund the “Howard Chair in Human Nutrition” at its School of Science, through a Memorandum of Agreement completed on 13th May 2014, with the first appointee Professor John Nolan, previously Howard Fellow for Science at the Institute since May 2010, and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin since February 2013.  Professor Nolan specialises in the study of macular carotenoids and is the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group:
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The Foundation mourns the loss of Ian McLean Baird, MD, FRCP, the former colleague of Dr Alan Howard, who co-invented the Cambridge Diet with him, and who died on 20th April 2014 aged 90.  The funeral was held at St Andrews Church, Cobham, Surrey, at which Dr Howard gave the address.  Please follow the link to Dr Baird’s obituary here


Cambridge Weightplan, the current owners and suppliers of the Cambridge Diet, are celebrating their 30th anniversary of the founding of their organisation at an event in the Cotwolds on 14th June, to which Foundation members have been invited.


The Foundation has agreed to sponsor the Cambridge Summer Music Festival for a performance in the Howard Theatre, at Downing College on Saturday, 26th July (see


The Foundation has offered to sponsor the Hugh Shirreff Lecture, held annually by Historic Houses Association (, for their next Lecture, to be held in the Howard Theatre, at Downing College on 7th July 2015.  The Speaker will be Tim Rawle, who will give an illustrated talk on the history of Downing College (following the anticipated publication of his book); this event is open to HHA Members and Friends, College members and upon application to the Foundation.  The Lecture will be followed by a lunch in Hall, and guided tour of the College.

The 3rd Macular Carotenoids Conference will be held at Downing College, Cambridge 8-10th July 2015, again organised on behalf of the Foundation, see

The Foundation has agreed to support the refurbishment of the Howard Building at Downing College with ongoing work due to be completed in Summer 2014.

The Foundation has commissioned the acclaimed Cambridge photographer and writer Tim Rawle (see to write and photograph a new book on the architectural history of Downing College to be published April, 2015.


The Trustees encourage use of the Howard Theatre at Downing College by any University or other local amateur groups, who should discuss facilities and availability with the conference office at the College (  We have a small budget to support the facility-hire fee, applications to our Postbox please with details of intended productions.   Preference will be given to any event which co-ordinates with the Georgian Tercentenary, to be marked in 2014 (Downing being the only Georgian Oxbridge foundation, and containing the most complete neo-classical architecture from that and subsequent periods).

Sponsorship of a Concert by Cambridge Early Music Society in the Howard Theatre at Downing College, on the evening of Friday 4th July, to include reception facilities in the Grace Howard Room (