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Human Nutrition, Environment and Health (T1)


Organizer(s) Martin Kussmann, Hannelore Daniel and Jacqueline Pontes Monteiro
October 14—18, 2015
China World Hotel • Beijing, China
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jun 16, 2015
Abstract Deadline: Jul 14, 2015
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 16, 2015
Discounted Registration Deadline: Sep 10, 2015

Organized in collaboration with BGI. Sponsored by Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences. Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Summary of Meeting:
Diet is the most important environmental factor for maintaining health and preventing disease. The increasing incidence of complex, age-related chronic diseases, as well as the ongoing prevalence of malnutrition, is fueling scientific, ethical and economic calls for intensifying and improving translational health care research. Understanding the interactions of nutrition and lifestyle with an individual’s genetic makeup is a necessary first step to developing strategies to prevent or delay metabolic and cognitive decline and to complement the reactive approach of using pharmaceuticals to treat symptoms. Translational research to maintain health and prevent and/or delay disease onset requires an interdisciplinary systems approach that embraces complexity of human individuality in a rapidly changing environment. Nutrigenomics overarches this theme by investigating how genomic and epigenomic individuality predisposes to dietary response, health and disease and how an individual’s genome expresses itself at different omic levels (proteomics, metabonomics, lipidomics) in response to environment, including nutrition. Molecular phenotyping of humans over time and across healthy and safe exposures and challenges represents a new research strategy that begins to embrace nutritional, environmental, genomic, microbiological and epidemiological competencies and will thereby challenge more classical nutritional approaches. At the same time, nutrition is advancing from a rather reductionist and descriptive approach to a more quantitative, systems-level science. The goals and outcomes of this meeting include: 1) Bringing together researchers from traditionally rather separated disciplines: nutrition, (gen)omics, clinics, physiology, epidemiology, analytics, biomathematics; 2) Advancing nutrition research as a quantitative, holistic and molecular science; 3) Reviewing/challenging classical pre-clinical models and clinical study designs and incorporating improved translational in vitro and in vivo models, human intervention study designs, and innovative new tools/technologies for molecular phenotyping and capture of human diet and lifestyle; and 4) Connecting basic laboratory science to patient- and consumer-relevant outputs in terms of personalized dietary/nutritional counseling and monitoring/diagnostics.

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Scholarships/Awards

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Scholarship Recipients

Opeyemi Abiona
University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Nigeria

Paloma K. Barrera
INMEGEN, Mexico

Sumei Hu
Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin, Ireland

Marie Pier Scott-Boyer
University of Trento Centre for Computational Biol, Italy

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funded by Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gbolagade Benjamin Adesiji
University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Oluyomi S. Adeyemi
Landmark University, College of Science & Engineering, Nigeria

Widya Agustinah
Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Babajide Oluwaseun Ajayi
Bowen University, Nigeria

Olufemi Emmanuel Akanni
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria

Tauseef Akhund
Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Asad Ali
Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Ndzo Judwin Alieh
University of Southampton, UK

Abena S. Amoah
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana

Olubunmi Gloria Ayelagbe
Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology, Nigeria

Sirjan Bastola
Tohoku University, Japan

Oluwatomilola Bolaji
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Tolossa Chaka
Adama Hospital Medical College, Ethiopia

Padmapriyadarsini Chandrasekaran
National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, India

Patricia Dillenburg Pilla
Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Kalkidan Hassen
Jimma University, Ethiopia

Edwin Andres Higuita
Corporación Universitaria Remington, Colombia

Idris Irwanto
Faculty of Medicine,Airlangga University/Dr Soetomo hospital, Indonesia

Arlette Ishimwe Mahoro
University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Rafiqul Islam
International Centre for Diarrhoel Disease Research, Bangladesh

Bernard Kikaire
Infectious Diseases Institute-Makerere University, Uganda

Rina Kurniasri Kusumaratna
Trisakti University, Indonesia

Namita Parikshit Mahalle
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Center, India

Alemayehu Toma Mena
Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Frank Mukonde
Chambishi Government Clinic, Zambia

Maribel Muriel
Corporación Universitaria Remington, Colombia

Catherine Nanozi
Kyambogo University, Uganda

Nanuli Ninashvili
State Medical University; NCDC, Georgia

Anselm Ego Onyimonyi
University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Chukwunomso Ekene Osakwe
National Biotechnology Development Agency, Nigeria

Ifeoluwa Temitayo Oyeyemi
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Shanavas Palliyal
DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Choudhury Habibur Rasul
Khulna Medical College & Hospital, Bangladesh

G. Bhanuprakash Reddy
National Institute of Nutrition, India

Ali F. Saleem
Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Idowu Odunayo Senbanjo
Lagos State University, Nigeria

Xiaolei Shi
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Alexander M. Vaiserman
Institute of Gerontology, Ukraine

Cecilia Celeste Vila
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina