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Dr. Luke Howard

Luke Howard, PhD

Luke Howard, PhD


Presentation

Recovery of Health-Promoting Proanthocyanidins from Berry Co-Products by Alkalization (PDF)

Biography

Dr. Howard received his B.S. degree in Horticulture from Purdue University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from the University of Arkansas. He worked as an Analytical Chemist at the Dole Packaged Foods Research and Development Center for two years, and was an Assistant Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at Texas A&M University for five years. He has served on the faculty in the Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas since 1997.

His research program is focused on the identification and quantification of bioactive compounds in fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Dr. Howard has published over 70 scientific articles and five book chapters and had delivered over 50 presentations at scientific meetings. He is a Professional Member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Navindra Seeram

Navindra Seeram

Navindra Seeram


Presentation

Berryology 101 (PDF)

Biography

Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, USA. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the Department of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the UCLA School of Medicine. His research group, the Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory, investigates plant foods and natural products for preventive and therapeutic effects against chronic human diseases. Dr. Seeram has co-authored over 121 original peer-reviewed research articles, 7 review articles, 16 book chapters, and 6 international patents. He has co-edited 3 books and is the founding editor of the Clinical Pharmacognosy book series published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. He serves on the advisory board of the American Botanical Council and on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the Journal of Berry Research, and the International Journal of Applied Research in Natural Products. He was the recipient of the 2009 Young Scientist Award from the Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and was elected as the 2017 Chair of that Division. He is among the most highly cited scientists in Agricultural Sciences by Thomson Reuters (in 2014 based on Web of Science indexed citations from 2002-2012) and is regularly quoted in the media and popular press about medicinal plant foods. Dr. Seeram did his doctoral and postdoctoral studies at the University of the West Indies (in Jamaica) and at Michigan State University (MI, USA), respectively.

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Young Scientist Program

Poster Abstract Guidelines

Are you a current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow? Hear our call…for submissions!

From October 15th, 2018 through to January 15th, 2019, we will be accepting abstracts for original research relating to the symposium themes of berry biochemical composition, cardiovascular health, metabolism regulation, brain aging and other health properties of berry fruits. Each abstract will be peer reviewed for content and merit, and notice of selection to share your research findings at BHBS 2019 will be issued by February 15th, 2019.

Abstracts will be accepted for:
Poster Presentation (20+ spots available): The most outstanding poster presented by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow will receive a $300 award, as decided by the BHBS judging panel. Participants must cover their own travel costs and registration (student rates available).
Oral Presentation (3 spots available): NEW for 2019, 3 applicants will be chosen to give a 10-minute oral presentation (plus 5 minutes for questions) in the session that best fits their research theme. The chosen applicants will have airfare, hotel, and conference registration costs covered by the symposium.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
– You may apply for both the poster presentation and the oral presentation using the same abstract. It is possible to be selected for both presentations.
– Only original research relating to the symposium theme of berry biochemical composition, cardiovascular health, metabolism regulation, brain aging, gut health and other health properties of berry fruit will be considered.
– Each abstract will be peer reviewed for scientific content and merit of the research.
– Abstracts should not be submitted if the research represented by the abstract has already been accepted for publication in a journal.
– If you submit an abstract, you must be prepared to discuss essential details of your methods and results.

HOW TO APPLY
– Abstracts must be received through electronic submission to the Young Scientist Abstract Review Committee Chairperson: Dr. Luke Howard – lukeh@uark.edu
– Please indicate that you would like your submission considered for:

  • Poster Presentation Only
  • Oral Presentation Only
  • BOTH the Poster and Oral Presentation opportunities

– Photocopies, facsimile, or e-mail copies will not be accepted and will be discarded.
– Abstracts will only be accepted between October 15th, 2018 and January 15th, 2019
– Submitting authors will be notified of acceptance by February 15th, 2019.

To download a PDF of the abstract guidelines, please click here.

To download a PDF of the abstract rubric, please click here.

2019-Berry-Health-Benefits-Symposium-Abstract-Rubric

 

Dr. Steven Clinton

Steven Clinton

Steven Clinton

Steven K. Clinton, MD, PhD is the John B. and Jane T. McCoy Chair in Cancer Research at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University. He trained for his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urban Champaign followed by Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Chicago. He proceeded with Medical Oncology training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School where he remained on faculty for nearly a decade.

Dr. Clinton joined The Ohio State University in 1998. He is Director of the Prostate and Genitourinary Oncology Program at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Under his leadership, the clinical program is a national leader in accrual to therapeutic and prevention clinical trials. The program provides integrated multidisciplinary oncology care to patients throughout central Ohio and for national and global referrals.

Dr. Clinton also serves as the Program Leader for Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The focus of this program, involving over 40 faculty, is to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms underlying the development of cancer and to define prevention strategies. A major strength of the program is the “crops to the clinic” research agenda that integrates the efforts of scientists in agriculture, food science, and nutrition with clinical investigators to conduct novel human clinical trials at The James.

Dr. Clinton is very active in bionutrition research at OSU. He serves as Associate Director for the campus wide Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research (CAFFRE) and the OSU Food Innovation Center (FIC), programs dedicated to the development of novel food products and their evaluation for promoting health outcomes and improving global nutrition. He provides service to many national organizations including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Nutrition, and the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

He recently served the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine as a member of the Dietary Reference Intake Committee for Vitamin D and Calcium. He is currently serving on the World Cancer Research Foundation / American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) Continuous Update Project committee. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for America 2015 Report. Dr. Clinton’s research activities focus on many aspects of diet, nutrition, and cancer; primarily focusing upon prostate and other genitourinary cancers. The research efforts include metabolic epidemiology, clinical intervention trials, as well as basic laboratory studies of cellular and molecular biology resulting in over 200 scientific publications, reviews, and book chapters.

John B. and Jane T. McCoy Chair in Cancer Research at OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University. Director of the Prostate and Genitourinary Oncology Program at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Program Leader for Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Associate Director for the campus wide Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research (CAFFRE) and the OSU Food Innovation Center (FIC).

Dr. Laura Kresty

Laura Kresty

Laura Kresty

Laura Kresty, Ph.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical College (MCW) of Wisconsin Division of Hematology and Oncology, specializing in Cancer Prevention. Her laboratory is focused on evaluating preventive agents and novel strategies for targeting cancers of the esophagus and head and neck. Dr. Kresty’s ongoing research includes evaluating the cancer inhibitory potential of cranberry constituents, vitamin D and investigating energy excess as it relates to esophageal adenocarcinoma risk. Her laboratory is also collaborating on investigations focused on novel imaging technologies to detect early epithelial and sub-epithelial esophageal changes for more rapid evaluation of chemopreventive agents.

Dr. Kresty received her PhD in Public Health from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a major in Cancer Chemoprevention and Epidemiology and minor in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She remained at The Ohio State University to complete a NCI-Sponsored Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Oncology, followed by a faculty appointment in Internal Medicine. In 2008 Dr. Kresty joined the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Cancer where she continued her program of research and served as Director for the Doctorate in Epidemiology Program. Dr. Kresty joined the MCW in January 2013.

Dr. Kresty serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals in her field, has over 40 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, and has delivered more than 35 invited talks throughout the world. She is NCI funded.

Dr. Federico Rey

Dr. Federico Rey

Dr. Federico Rey

Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin

Education
2006 Ph.D. Microbiology. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Ph.D. advisor: Dr. Caroline S. Harwood
1998 Licenciado en Bioquimica (equivalent to B.S. and M.S. in Clinical
Chemistry). Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (Selected from 25)
1. Seedorf H, Griffin NW, Ridaura VK, Reyes A, Cheng J, Rey FE,
, et al. Bacteria from
Diverse Habitats Colonize and Compete in the Mouse Gut. Cell. 159:253-66 (PMC in
process)
2. Ridaura VK, Faith JJ, Rey FE, Cheng J, Duncan AE, et al., 2013. Gut microbiota from twins
discordant for obesity modulate metabolism in mice. Science. 341: 1241214. (PMC
3829625)
3. Rey FE*, Gonzalez M*, Cheng J, Wu M, Gordon JI. Metabolic niche of a prominent sulfatereducing
human gut bacterium. Proc Natl Acad Sci 110: 13582-7. (PMC3746858)
4. Pluznick J, Protzko RJ, Haykanush G, Peterlin Z, Sipos A, Han J, Brunet I, Rey FE, Wang T,
Firestein S, Yanagisawa M, Gordon JI, Eichmann A, Peti-Peterdi J, Caplan MJ. 2013.
Olfactory receptor responding to gut microbiota-derived signals plays a role in renin
secretion and blood pressure regulation. Proc Natl Acad Sci 110: 4410-15. (PMC3600440)
5. Yatsunenko T, Rey FE, Manary MJ, Trehan I, Dominguez-Bello MG, Contreras M, Magris M,
Hidalgo G, Baldassano RN, Anokhin AP, Heath AC, Warner B, Reeder J, Kuczynski J,
Lozupone CA, Lauber C, Clemente JC, Knights D, Knight R, Gordon JI. 2012. Human gut
microbiome differentiation viewed across cultures, ages and families. Nature 486: 222–
7.(PMC3376388)
6. Faith JJ, McNulty NP, Rey FE, Gordon JI. 2011. Predicting a human gut microbiota’s
response to diet in gnotobiotic mice. Science 333: 101-4. (PMC3303606)
7. Rey FE*, Faith JJ*, Bain J, Muehlbauer MJ, Stevens RD, Newgard CB, Gordon JI. 2010.
Dissecting the in vivo metabolic potential of two human gut acetogens. J Biol Chem 285:
22082-90.(PMC2903421)
8. Faith JJ*, Rey FE*, O’Donnell D, Karlsson M, McNulty NP, Kallstrom G, Goodman AL,
Gordon JI. 2010. Creating and characterizing communities of human gut microbes in
gnotobiotic mice. ISME J 4 :1094-8. (PMC2927777)
9. Rey FE, Harwood CS. 2010. FixK, a global regulator of microaerobic growth, controls
photosynthesis in Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Mol Microbiol 75: 1007–20. PMCID: Policy
Exempt – Not resulting from NIH funding.
10. Mahowald M*, Rey FE*, Seedorf H, Turnbaugh PJ, Fulton RS et al. 2009. Characterizing a
model human gut microbiota composed of members of its two dominant bacterial phyla.
Proc Natl Acad Sci 106: 5859-64. (PMC2660063)
11. Rey FE, Heniger E , Harwood CS. 2007. Redirection of metabolism for biological hydrogen
production by Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Appl Environ Microbiol 73: 1665-71.
(PMC1828789)
12. Rey, FE, Oda Y, Harwood CS. 2006. Regulation of uptake hydrogenase and effects of
hydrogen utilization on gene expression in Rhodopseudomonas palustris. J Bacteriol 188
(17):6143-52. (PMC1595397)
13. Rey FE, Pagano PJ. 2002. The reactive adventitia: fibroblast oxidase in vascular function.
Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Bio 22 (12):1962-71.
14. Rey FE, Li X, Garvin JL, Pagano PJ. 2002. Perivascular superoxide anion contributes to
impairment of endothelium-dependent relaxation: role of gp91phox. Circulation 106 (19):2497-
502.
15. Rey FE, Cifuentes ME, Quinn MT, Pagano PJ. 2001. Novel competitive inhibitor of
NAD(P)H oxidase assembly attenuates vascular O2
– and systolic blood pressure in mice.
Circ Res 89 (5):408-14.
*Contributed equally

Patents
Rey FE, Harwood CS, Flickinger MC. A structured material for the production of hydrogen. US
Patent 7,745,023
Rey FE, Harwood CS. Hydrogen Production from microbial strains. US Patent 20,120,220,006
Gordon JI, Faith JJ, McNulty N, Rey FE, Goodman AL, Kallstrom G, Ridaura V. Cultured
Collection of Gut Microbial Community. WO Patent 2,012,122,522

Professional activities
Ad Hoc Reviewer
Journals: Nature Chem Biol, mBio, Journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology
(ISME), Applied Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of
Molecular Biology, Scientific Reports, Proceedings B, FEMS Microbiology Reviews.
Funding agencies: NIH (NIBIB, NCCAM), The Canada Foundation for Innovation, Research
Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

Dr. Farrukh Aqil

Dr. Farrukh Aqil

Dr. Farrukh Aqil

Farrukh Aqil, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He received his doctorate in Microbiology from and has extensive experience of over 12 years in phytochemistry, microbiology, cancer biology and cancer prevention. Prior to moving to the as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Cancer Chemoprevention Group, he has a faculty in the Department of Biotechnology, .

His research focus is on cancer chemoprevention primarily of breast, lung and ovarian cancers using both standard chemotherapeutic drugs and agents from natural origin like berries. In the last few years his focus has been to evaluate the effectiveness of selected berries against lung cancer. In another project he has focused on chemopreventive efficacy and mechanisms of whole berry and spice powder against breast cancer. He has developed analytical techniques for tissue and plasma distribution of bioactive principles. Finally, he is developing novel combinatorial approaches for the treatment of lung and ovarian cancer by testing natural agents and standard chemo drugs using drug-sensitive and drug-resistant cancer cells.

More recently, he has played a key role in the development of polymeric implants for continuous systemic and local delivery of drugs, a technology which has fetched several patents. Another upcoming drug delivery technology in which he has also played a key role is based on biocompatible exosomes for delivery of small molecules and siRNAs. He has participated in many conferences and presented his work in the form of 60 abstracts/oral presentations. Dr. Aqil has authored or co-authored over 45 articles in peer reviewed journals, has 12 book chapters and has edited 4 books. He is an as associate editor in International Research Journal of Microbiology and serves as peer reviewer for more than 30 journals.

Dr. Dorothy Klimis-Zacas

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, PhD is Professor of Clinical Nutrition and cooperating Graduate Faculty, School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maine. She is also cooperating professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University, Athens, Greece and at the Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy. She received her MS in Human Physiology and PhD in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University and did post-doctoral training at the Department of Physiological Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany and the University of Cologne Hospital.

Dr. Klimis-Zacas has been involved in biomedical research exploring the role of trace minerals and dietary bioactives on chronic diseases such as Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease and the Metabolic Syndrome including basic and clinical investigations. Her applied investigations involve cross-cultural studies that utilize dietary interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk in populations both in the United States and the Mediterranean region.

Her past studies have documented the beneficial role of wild blueberries on vascular function, structure and metabolism in normotensive and hypertensive states. Her recent investigations examine the role of wild blueberries on attenuating co-morbidities associated with the Metabolic Syndrome such as Obesity-induced inflammation, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance as well as gene expression related to the above.

Dr. klimis-Zacas was awarded a senior Fulbright Fellowship to the Hellenic School of Public Health, Athens, Greece where she was involved in the Pan European Project EPIC (European Perspective study Into Cancer) and received two Fulbright Specialist awards to the University of Milan, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences. Additionally, Dr. klimis-Zacas was the recipient of the prestigious Fondazione Cariplo Fellowship to lead research on the use of biosensors in exploring dietary approaches for degenerative disease prevention at the University of Milan.

Dr. Klimis-Zacas is the editor of “Manganese in Health and Disease”, ‘Nutritional Concerns for Women”, and has acted as editor-in-chief of “Annual Editions in Nutrition” and member of several editorial boards including the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and Council member of the International Society of Trace Mineral Research in Humans (ISTERH). Dr. Klimis-Zacas is a member of many professional societies dedicated to promoting health and preventing disease including The American Society for Nutrition, The International Atherosclerosis Society, The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Italian Society of Nutrition, The Hellenic Dietetic Association and many others.

Dr. Daniele Del Rio

Daniele Del Rio

Daniele Del Rio

Daniele Del Rio is Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Parma. He is running the Laboratory of Phytochemicals in Physiology at the Department of Food Science and is the co-founder of the LS9 “Bioactives & Health” Interlaboratory Group, where the biological activity of human and microbiota derived phytochemical metabolites represents one of the core research topics. Daniele is an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the UK Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Unit in Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow of the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and a senior collaborator of the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro), an independent knowledge generation and research platform overseen by the British Dietetic Association. Dan is also the Commissioned Reviews Editor of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (the official Journal of the British Dietetics Association) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University Spin-Off “Madegus”, focused on Nutritional Education for Children.
Daniele has been recently listed among the Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. His publications could be retrieved at Google Scholar and Researcher ID