Symposium Agenda

The 2021 Virtual Precision Nutrition and Brain Health Symposium features a keynote speaker in each of four areas as they relate to nutrition: brain development, the aging brain, nutrigenetics, and the gut-brain axis as well as speakers who are leaders in their fields of the effects of nutrition on brain development, genetics, and the gut-brain axis. The symposium features a networking opportunities to bring together leaders and trainees for organic discussions and a panel of funding agency experts to answer questions from the attendees.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

8:55 AM     Morning Welcome & Housekeeping – Carol Cheatham
9:00 AM     Keynote: Background on Nutrition & Brain Development
                             – Michael Georgieff
9:40 AM     Moderation of the Effects of Environmental Toxicants on Brain Development 
                          by Prenatal Nutrition and Genes – Edwin Van Wijngaarden
10:10 AM   Environmental Insult in Pregnancy – Susan Smith
10:40 AM   NRI Trainee Award Winner
10:55 AM   Bio Break
11:05 AM   Keynote: Maternal Nutrition and Infant Gut Microbiome Function 
                             – Kjersti M Aagaard
11:45 AM   Intrauterine Microbiome & Brain Development – Tamar Gur
12:15 PM   Andrew Bremer Chief Pediatric Growth & Nutrition Branch, NICHD
12:45 PM   Breakout Rooms with Speakers

Friday, April 16, 2021

  8:55 AM   Morning Welcome & Housekeeping – Carol Cheatham
  9:00 AM   Keynote: MTHFR and Prenatal Brain Development – Rima Rozen
  9:40 AM   Nutrition, Genes and Behavior – Lisa Tarantino
10:10 AM   Methyl Donors, High Fat Prenatal Diet, and Brain Development 
                         – Teresa Reyes
11:25 AM   Keynote: Aging, Microglial Cell Priming, and Discordant  
                         Communication between the Immune System and Brain:
                         Is Dietary Fiber a Counterbalance? 
– Rodney W. Johnson
12:05 PM   Sex and Age-specific Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Behavior  
                         and Aging-related Disease in Mice
– Sandra Mooney
12:35 PM   The Effects of Nutrition on the Aging Human Brain – Carol Cheatham
  1:05 PM   Breakout Rooms with Speakers
  1:25 PM   Wrap up