Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series Speakers

2015 – 2016 Seminars

Fall 2015

John B. Vincent, Ph.D.
University of Alabama
Recent Advances in Nutritional Biochemistry of Chromium (III)

Sherry Tanumihardjo, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Vitamin A in Developing Countries

Dorine Swinkels, M.D., Ph.D.
Radboud University Medical Centre
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Responses of the Gut Microbiota to Supplementary Iron

Spring 2016

Robert Waterland, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Special Seminar at the Genetics Institute

2013 – 2014 Seminars

Fall 2013

Sam Cheng, M.D.
University of Florida
CaSR and Nutritional Therapy of Diarrhea in Children

Ali Shalesh Kaushal, M.D.
Retina Specialty Institute – Gainesville, FL
Controlling Retinal Homeostasis with Molecular Rheostats

Tracy G. Anthony, Ph. D.
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Protein Kinase GCN2 and the Amino Acid Stress Response in Health and Disease

Spring 2014

Susan J. Whiting, Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition, Canada
Measuring Hand Grip Strengh: What Nutrition Researchers and Dietitians Need to Know

Patrick Concannon, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Genetics of Malnutrition

Kenneth Cusi, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Stephan G. Kaler, M.D.
National Institute of Health
Studies in Human Copper Metabolism

2012 – 2013 Seminars

Fall 2012

Sadasivan Vidyasagar, Ph. D.
University of Florida
Effect of Irradiation on Small Bowel Function: A Functional Approach to Treat Radiation Toxicity

Spring 2013

Sylvia Christakos, Ph. D.
UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
Vitamin D and the Gut

Lothar Rink, Ph.D.
University Hospital – Aachen, Germany
Molecular Basis for Zinc in Immunity

2011 – 2012 Seminars

Fall 2011


Spring 2012

Kimberly O’Brien, Ph.D.
Cornell University

Jacob Selhub, Ph.D.
Tufts University
Vitamin B6, Inflammation and the Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase (IDO) Dependent Tryptophan Degradation

2010 – 2011 Seminars

Fall 2010

Jay Whelan, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Can Diet Provide any Hope of Impacting Advanced Stages of Prostate Cancer?

Thomas Clanton, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Factors Influencing Permeability in Hyperthermia

Kris Kowdley, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Overload in Humans

Doug Burrin, Ph.D.
Children’s Nutritional Research Center – Houston, Texas
Functional Role of Methionine Cycle Metabolism in the Gut Health and Disease

Spring 2011

James R. Connor, Ph.D.
Penn State University
Mechanisms and Regulation of Iron Uptake into the Brain


2009 – 2010 Seminars

Fall 2009

J. Bernadette Moore
University of Surrey (UK)
Proteomic Approach to Analysis of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and the Metabolic Syndrome

Norman G. Hord
Michigan State University
Food Sources of Nitrates and Nitrites: Potential Health Benefits

Carrie P. Earthman
University of Minnesota
Bioimpedance Spectroscopy for Assessment of Fluid Distribution and Body Cell Mass in the Clinical Setting

Hamid Said
University of California Irvine
Transport of Water-soluble Vitamins in Health and Disease: Mechanisms and Regulation

Judy Storch
Rutgers University
Transport & Metabolism of Intestinal Monoacylglycerol: the ‘Forgotten’ Lipid


Spring 2010

Yatrick Shah
University of Michigan
The Role of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor in Iron Homeostasis

Michael F. Holick
Boston University School of Medicine
A solution for Good Health:
Vitamin D

Tim Osborne
Burnham Institute Orlando
New Roles for SREBPs in Physiology and Metabolism

Tom Ziegler
Emory University School of Medicine
Trophic and Cyoprotective Nutrition for Intestinal Adaptation, Repair and Barrier Function

Shannon Kelleher
Penn State University
Zinc and Mammary Gland Function: The Two Faces of Eve


2008 – 2009 Seminars

J. Lee Beverly, Ph.D.
University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nutritional Neuroscience: The
Brain Diet Connection

Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Folic Acid, Birth Defects and
Colon Cancer: Managing Gene
Expression and Genome Stability

Bryan Mackenzie, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Divalent Metal-Ion Transporter
DMT1 and Its Role in Metal-Ion Absorption

Rex Gaskins, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
On Contributions of the Hydrogen Economy to Colonic Health and Disease

Christopher B. Newgard
Duke University Medical Center: Comprehensive Tools for Metabolic Analysis. Joint with UF Clinical & Translational Science Institute.


Josh Yarrow, Ph.D.
VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
Trick O’ Treat: Testosterone
and the Prevention of

Donald George, M.D.
Nemours Children’s Clinic
Probiotics in Infant Nutrition

James Fleet, Ph.D.
Purdue University
Vitamin D Regulation of
Calcium Metablolism: A
Critical Role for Intestinal
Calcium Absorption

Bret Goodpaster, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Insulin Resistance in Aging:
Effects of Calorie Restriction
and Exercise. Joint with UF Diabetes Center


2007 – 2008 Seminars

Don Striegel, Ph.D.
Coca-Cola Research & Development Group
Past, Present, and Future:
Research and Development
in Minute Maid and Coca-Cola

Joseph Larkin, Ph.D.
Microbiology and Cell Science, UF
Regulatory T-Cells and Autoimmune Disease

James Resnick, Ph.D.
Molecular Genetics and Mircobiology, UF
Mouse Models of Prader-Willi Syndrome

Joseph Prhaska, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Copper-Dependent Ferroxidases
and Mammalian Iron Homesotasis

Elizabeta Nemeth, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine, UCLA
Hepcidin and Iron Metabolism


Richard Weindruch, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Caloric Intake and Aging
Joint with UF Institute on Aging

Michael Clare-Salzler, M.D.
Department of Pathology, UF
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Infants

Min Li, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Aberrant Expression of Zinc
Transporter ZIP4 Contributes to
Human Pancreatic Cancer
Joint with UF Shands Cancer Center

S. Jill James, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Oxidative Stress and the
Metabolic Pathology of Autism


2006 – 2007 Seminars

George A. Burdock, Ph.D.
Burdock Group, Washington, DC
Food Toxicology Issues Involving Nutrition and the Food Industry

Mary Frances Picciano, Ph.D.
Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH
Dietary Supplement Use in the United States: Who’s Using What?

A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Vitamin A in the Lungs and Immune System

Vadim N. Gladyshev, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska

James S. Scolapio, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
Trophic Factors for Treatment of GI Dysfunction

Linda M. Castell
Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, U.K.
Endurance Exercise, Immunodepression, and Supplements

Dwight E. Matthews, Ph.D.
University of Vermont
Protein/Amino Acid Nutrition

2005 – 2006 Seminars

Xingen Lei, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Intriguing Roles of Antioxidant Enzymes Se-GPX1 and Cu, Zn-SOD in Oxidative Stress and Diabetes

Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Things Don't Taste the Same to Everyone: Impact on Food Intake and Health

Eric Hentges, Ph.D.
Center for Nutrition Policy and USDA's Food Guidance System:
Translating the Guidelines into Actionable Behaviors

Stephanie Norris, M.S., R.D., L.D./N.
Dairy Council of Florida
Waist Management, DASH, Bone Health: The Role of Dairy

Kenneth A. Kudsk, M.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Critical Illness, Enteral Nutrition, and Mucosal Immunity

David B. Allison, Ph.D.
University of Alabama
Controversies and Confusions Regarding Obesity and Longevity

Diane F. Birt, Ph.D.
Iowa State University
Botanical Supplements

Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Early Nutritional Influences on Mammalian Developmental Epigenetics

2004 – 2005 Seminars

Gerald Schmidt, Pharm.D.
Macronutrients as Immune Modulators

Barbara Bowman, Ph.D.
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
CDC Prevention Research in Response to the Emerging Epidemic of Chronic Disease in the United States: Primary Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Paul Ernsberger, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Effect of Diet and Weight Recidivism on Blood Pressure in a Metabolic Syndrome X Model

Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Factors Affecting Food Intake

Paul Leaverton, Ph.D.
University of South Florida
Epidemiology and Its Role in Studies of Human Health

Brandon Lewis, Ph.D.
Kemin Industries, Inc. Des Moines, Iowa
The Antiordinary Antioxidant: The Science Behind Lutein

2003 – 2004 Seminars

James M. Ntambi, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Role for Stearoyl- CoA Desaturase in Metabolism

Jose M. Ordovas, Ph.D.
Tufts University
Adding Power to Nutrition and Common Sense to Genetics

Neil F. Shay, Ph.D.
Notre Dame University
Soy Isoflavones Regulate Lipid Metabolism Via PPAR and SREBP Pathways

Thomas W. Sadler, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
Folic Acid: Not Just a Nutrient during Embryogenesis

Colleen E. Hayes, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vitamin D Nutrition and Autoimmune Disease

Hilary Shallo Thesmar, Ph.D.
Egg Nutrition Center, Washington, DC
Return of the Good Egg

Kevin L. Fritsche, Ph.D.
University of Missouri, Columbia
Impaired Interferon gamma Responsiveness and Diminished Bacterial Clearance Associated with Fish Oil Consumption in Mice

Tomas A. Prolla, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Gene Expression Profile of the Aging Process and its Retardation by Nutritional Intervention


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