MEDICAL CENTERS INSTITUTE FOR COFFEE STUDIES
The mission of the Institute for Coffee Studies is to investigate systematically the actions of the various compounds found in coffee using the most advanced biomedical tools; to identify potential therapeutic uses of coffee based on fundamental understanding of the pharmacology of its chemical constituents; to disseminate research findings and promote educational exchange with partner nations.
The ICS was established by a grant from a consortium of coffee-producing countries (Brazil, Colombia, and a coalition of Central American nations) under the auspices of the Association of Coffee Producing Countries (ACPC), the National Coffee Association of the USA, and the All Japan Coffee Association. An International Advisory Board comprising leaders from the world of coffee has been established to promote the ICS. (http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/coffee/about.html; accessed 7/9/03) Coffee industry members also compose over 60% of ICSs Strategic Planning Committee (http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/coffee/planning.html; accessed 7/9/03) In 2001, ICS received an unrestricted gift of $275,000 from Kraft–General Foods, the maker of Maxwell House coffee. (http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/reporter/?ID=1487; accessed 7/9/03)