The Division of Nutritional Sciences hosts a weekly seminar series that is open to University of Illinois faculty and students, as well as the community. Each semester, the seminar series is organized around a research theme that is representative of the depth and breadth of research being conducted by faculty in DNS.

High profile researchers from other institutions are invited to speak during the seminar. They also spend time on campus meeting with DNS students and faculty, creating invaluable networking opportunities, and fostering exciting new research collaborations. The seminar series also highlights research conducted by DNS doctoral students.

Upcoming Seminars

Previous Seminars

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Spring 2022

Nutritional and Metabolic Immunology

Title and Video Recording Speaker
Nutritional and Metabolic Immunology Daniel McKim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Endowed Student Awards Ceremony  
Somatic evolution of the hematopoietic system in cardiovascular disease Kamila Naxerova, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Systems Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
The protective roles of adipose resident macrophages in insulin resistance Partha Dutta, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh    
Neutrophils: The regulators of Inflammation in Cardiometabolic Diseases Prabhakara Nagareddy, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Leveraging cholesterol metabolism to promote an anti-tumor immune response Erik Nelson, PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Fall 2021

Nutrition Policy & Systems Approaches to Improve Diet Quality and Promote Health Equity

Title and Video Recording

Speaker

Nutrition Policy & Systems Approaches to Improve Diet Quality and Promote Health Equity

Melissa Prescott, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Make Every Bite Count with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Eve Stoody, PhD - Division Director, Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion | FNS United States Department of Agriculture and Janet de Jesus, MS, RD - Nutrition Advisor, Division of Prevention Science Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Prioritizing Nutrition Security: An Overview of Emerging NIFA Activities

Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD - National Science Liaison, USDA NIFA

Strategies to Expand Healthy Food Retail in Underserved Areas of Illinois

Chelsea Singleton, PhD - Assistant Professor, Tulane University

Addressing diet-related health disparities through minimum wage policy

Caitlin Caspi, PhD - Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Myriad Ways by Which Diabetes Impairs the Resolution of Atherosclerosis

Willard J. and Priscilla F. Visek Lecture
Edward A. Fisher, MD, PhD, MPH, Leon H. Charney Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of Marc and Ruti Bell Vascular Biology Program, Director of Translational Research, The Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, New York University School of Medicine

Brazilian Dietary Guidelines 

Maria Laura de Costa Louzada, PhD - Assistant Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Moving Towards Health Equity in Champaign-Urbana 

Health Equality Panel

Restaurants and Community Nutrition: Bridging taste and health through collaboration

Melissa Fuster, PhD - Associate Professor, Tulane University

Isoquinoline alkaloids in diets fed to pigs

Carly Rundle – Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Hans Stein

Effect of spray dried plasma on nutrient digestibility, growth performance, and intestinal health in weaned pigs and sows

Hannah Bailey – Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Hans Stein

Advancing towards Health Equity: Extension programs and workforce 

Dr. Margarita Teran, MD, PhD – Assistant Dean for Integrated Health Disparities Programs, University of Illinois Extension, Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Spring 2021

Personalized Nutrition – Challenges and Opportunities

Title and Video Recording

Speaker

Personalized Nutrition –Challenges and Opportunities

Sharon Donovan, PhD – Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health
Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), UIUC

Precision Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Traits

José Ordovás, PhD  – Professor of Nutrition and Genetics, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University and Lead Scientist and Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Boston, MA

Precision Nutrition: Lessons from Studies on the Nutrient Choline

Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD – Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Director, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis, NC

The Portfolio Diet for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: From Evidence to Guidelines to Practice

John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Hindsight’s Guide to Commercializing Personal Nutrition: Lessons Learned from Launching and Selling Habit

Joshua C. Anthony – PhD, MBA, Founder and CEO, Nlumn, LLC, Princeton, NJ

Dietary interventions and strategies to reduce sodium consumption and volume overload in hemodialysis patients

Luis Perez - Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Kenneth Wilund

Precision Nutrition in the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research

Holly Nicastro, PhD, MPH – Program Director, Precision Nutrition Research, NIDDK, NIH Challenges and Opportunities

Socio-Cultural Modeling in Health Sciences

Eunice Santos, PhD – Professor and Dean, School of Information Sciences (iSchool), UIUC

Biosensor Diagnostics: Transitioning from Personalized Medicine to Personalized Nutrition

Brian Cunningham, PhD – Intel Alumni Endowed Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Bioengineering and Director, Center for Genomic Diagnostics, IGB, UIUC 

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Krista Varady, PhD – Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois, Chicago

Effects of microbial phytase on calcium requirements, gastric pH, and phytate degradation in growing pigs
 

Vanessa Lagos - Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Hans Stein

Data Analytics and Personalized Nutrition: Opportunities at Illinois
 

Saurabh Sinha, PhD – Founder Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar, Department of Computer Science, Cancer Center of Illinois, and IGB, UIUC