Researchers to discuss nutrition’s role in metabolic disease at 2018 nutrition symposium

April 5, 2018

URBANA, Ill. – Promising research in pre-clinical models, and in humans, has shown efficacy in metabolic therapy for management of malignant cancer. Boston College biology professor, Thomas Seyfried, will discuss this issue during his keynote address, “Cancer as a Mitochondrial

Metabolic Disease: Implications for Novel Therapeutics,” at the 2018 Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student Association Nutrition Symposium on Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 180 Bevier Hall at the University of Illinois.

The event is open to the public.

Seyfried, who received his Ph.D. in genetics and biochemistry from the U of I in 1976, researches mechanisms by which metabolic therapy manages chronic diseases such as epilepsy, neurodegenerative lipid storage diseases, and cancer. In his keynote address, Seyfried will discuss how metabolic therapies targeting glucose and glutamine while increasing therapeutic ketosis may significantly improve quality of life and overall survival for many cancer patients.

In addition to Seyfried’s keynote address, a mini-symposium including U of I faculty will take place from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. in the Monsanto Room of the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center. This year’s presentations will address nutrition’s role in metabolic alterations of disease, and will feature John Erdman, Rex Gaskins, and Hannah Holscher.

Oral presentations by graduate students will take place from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Poster presentations will occur from 5:15 to 6:40 p.m.

All sessions except for the keynote address will take place in the ACES Library.

Visit the symposium website,, for more information.

The Nutrition Symposium is sponsored by Abbott Nutrition; Mead Johnson Nutrition; Beneo; Hill’s Pet Nutrition; and the Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF). Friends of the symposium are Campbell Soup Company; U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Departments of Animal Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Human Development and Family Studies; U of I Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; Carle Illinois College of Medicine; and U of I College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Comparative Biosciences. 

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