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Thursday, May 13, 2010

May Conference

“Changing the Course: Decoding Epigenetics, the Role of Nutrition and Fitness”

“You are what you eat,” is an old expression, but it has never been more relevant, as shown by current research in the expanding study of epigenetics, alterations in the DNA structure that occur in response to environmental factors, like diet and exercise.At the May Conference, held on May 15, 2014, two new Nutrition Science professors, Barbara Stefanska and Tara Henagan, shared information about epigenetic effects related to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, as well as for cancer prevention and therapy. Tim Gavin, head of the Department of Health & Kinesiology presented information from his research on the impact of exercise on insulin sensitivity and fatty acid oxidation in Type 2 diabetes. Jim Fleet discussed gene polymorphism as a foundation for personalized health recommendations.

The new Director of the Purdue Didactic Program in Dietetics, Katie Hill Gallant, presented her research on management of chronic kidney disease and mineral bone disorder. Kathy Hosig shared her community-based research on Type 2 diabetes education with diverse audiences and Jane Andrews shared the impact retail dietitians can have on our food culture.


The department’s annual May Conference features new research and an overview from Nutrition Science faculty and alumni. In conjunction with the May Conference, the department honors those being inducted into the Nutrition Science Hall of Fame.

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