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11th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium Protective Nutrients: Are They Here to Stay?

New research is emerging on many of the nutrients that are consumed on a daily basis in regards to health. In utero, through adulthood, and in the elderly, key nutrients can have an impact on development, brain function, immunity, digestion, metabolism, and prevention of disease. Scientists are learning more about the interactions that these nutrients have in the context of a total diet and the impact that these factors can have on metabolic function. A better understanding of nutrients that are having functional effects may be key to future recommendations for health.

A panel of world-renowned physicians and researchers will present new research on the emerging field of protective nutrients, including discussions on probiotics, prebiotics, and other cutting-edge nutrients.

Below are links to each of the presentations given at the 11th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium: Protective Nutrients: Are They Here to Stay? in Boston, MA on July 8-9, 2009. Each of the links will open the presentation in a new window. System Requirements: You will need Macromedia's Flash player to view these presentations.

Overview: Breastmilk as the “Gold” Standard for Protective Nutrients

W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics
Director, Division of Nutrition
Harvard Medical School
Director, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

Session I: Probiotics

How Do We Define a Probiotic?

Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D.
Consultant, Dairy & Food Culture Technologies
Executive Director,
International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics

How Do Probiotics Function?

Philip Sherman, M.D., FRCP(C), FAAP
Professor of Paediatrics, Microbiology & Dentistry
Research Institute
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto

Probiotics in Pediatrics

Stefano Guandalini, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Section Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

Probiotics in Adults

Martin Floch, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

Specialized Use of Probiotics: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Eamonn Quigley, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Human Physiology
Department of Medicine
Cork University Hospital

Session II: Prebiotics

What are Prebiotics and How Do They Function?

Glenn Gibson, M.D.
Professor of Food Microbiology
University of Reading, United Kingdom

Prebiotics in Pediatrics

Gigi Veereman-Wauters, M.D., Ph.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Queen Paola Children’s Hospital, ZNA

Prebiotics and Their Effects on Intestinal Microbiota in Gastrointestinal Health and Disease

Leo Dieleman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
University of Alberta

Protective Nutrients Including Prebiotics in the Elderly

Simin N. Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Center Director
Jean Mayer USDA HNRCA at Tufts University
Professor of Nutrition and Immunology
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Sackler Graduate School at Tufts University

Session III: Protective Nutrients

The D-lightful Vitamin for Health

Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics
Boston University School of Medicine

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Sheila Innis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Neonatal Oral Tolerance Under Breastfeeding Influence

Valerie Verhasselt, M.D., Ph.D.
Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche (INSERM)
University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France

Choline: Its Importance in Intrauterine and Neonatal Development

Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D
Kenan Distinguished University Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics
Director, UNC Nutrition Research Institute
Director, UNC Clinical Nutrition Research Center
Director, UNC Center of Excellence in Children’s Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis

Zinc: Is it a Protective Nutrient?

Nancy Krebs, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Head, Section of Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

The Pros and Cons of Antioxidants and B-Vitamins

Eric Rimm, Sc.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard School of Public Health
Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Director, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health