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Diet and Optimum Health Conference

All sessions of the conference will be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Oregon State University Campus.

Conference Program

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2:00 PM Registration begins at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU Campus
3:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Balz Frei, Conference Chair
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University


Chair: Maret G. Traber
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University

3:15 - 3:45 The alpha-tocopherol transfer protein: Biochemical mechanisms and health implications
Danny Manor
Case Western Reserve University
3:45 - 4:15 Anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin E forms and their metabolites
Qing Jiang
Purdue University
4:15 - 4:45 The effect of vitamin E supplementation on cardiovascular risk in diabetic individuals with different haptoglobin phenotypes
Andrew P. Levy
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
4:45 - 5:15 Does vitamin E decrease chronic disease risk by protecting against free radicals?
Etsuo Niki
Health Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
6:30 Welcome Reception and Tour of the Linus Pauling Science Center

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

6:00 AM Organized Walk/Run
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast provided


Chairs: Adrian Gombart and Emily Ho
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University

8:30 - 9:00 Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) and innate immune response to microbial infection
George Liu
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine
9:00 - 9:30 Vitamin D and acute respiratory infections
Carlos A. Camargo, Jr.
Harvard Medical School
9:30 - 10:00 The impact of nutrition on the immune response against influenza
Elizabeth M. Gardner
Michigan State University
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 - 11:00 Zinc, inflammation, and susceptibility to sepsis
Daren Knoell
The Ohio State University
11:00 - 11:30 Selenium and immune responses
Peter Hoffmann
University of Hawaii
11:30 - 12:00 Polyunsaturated fatty acids and their impact on the immune system
Robert S. Chapkin
Texas A&M University
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch provided (LaSells Stewart Center)


Chair: Balz Frei
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University

1:30 - 2:00 A diet based on high-heat-treated foods promotes risk factors for diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases
Veronika Somoza
University of Vienna, Austria
2:00 - 2:30 Dietary patterns and risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease
Teresa Fung
Simmons College and Harvard School of Public Health
2:30 - 3:00 New evidence on the effects of a Mediterranean-style diet on cardiovascular disease
Ramon Estruch
University of Barcelona, Spain
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee/Tea Break


Chair: Sharon Krueger
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University

3:30 - 4:00 The human microbiome and cancer
Cindy Davis
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
4:00 - 4:30 Evolutionary glycomics: Breast milk oligosaccharides and bifidobacteria infantis
J. Bruce German
University of California, Davis
4:30 - 5:00 Pre and probiotics: Food fad or bacterial therapy?
Robert G. Martindale
Oregon Health and Science University
5:00 - 7:00 Poster Session (hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

6:00 AM Organized Walk/Run
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast provided


Chairs: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University and
Viviana Perez, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

8:30 - 9:00 Protective effects of resveratrol in mice and monkeys
Julie Mattison
National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
9:00 - 9:30 How to help your mouse live longer: Diets, drugs, MIF-KO, and sibs
Richard Miller
University of Michigan
9:30 - 10:00 Transcriptional biomarkers of calorie restriction in adipose tissue and modulation by dietary interventions
Jamie L. Barger
LifeGen Technologies, LLC
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 - 11:00 Protein and metabolic homeostasis in aging and longevity
Gordon J. Lithgow
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
11:00 - 11:30 Mitochondrial decay in human aging: A translational approach
Christiaan Leeuwenburgh
University of Florida
11:30 - 12:00 Rapamycin and dietary restriction: Do they share a common mechanism in lifespan extension?
Viviana Perez
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
12:00 - 1:10 Lunch provided (LaSells Stewart Center)


1:10 - 1:30 Pharmacologic ascorbate in cancer treatment
Mark Levine
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
1:30 - 1:50 The vital role of ascorbate as an enzyme co-factor and implications for its role in health and nutrition
Margreet C.M. Vissers
University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
1:50 - 2:10 Vitamins and psychological functioning: A mobile phone assessment of the effects of a B vitamin complex, vitamin C and minerals on cognitive performance and subjective mood and energy
David O. Kennedy
Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
2:10 - 2:30 Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function and MRI measures of brain aging
Gene L. Bowman
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
2:30 - 2:50 Schisandrin B, a major lignan of fructus schisandrae, is a multifunctional antioxidant
Tetsuya Konishi
Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Lifes Sciences, Niigata, Japan
2:50 - 3:10 Higher diet quality predicts low plasma F2-isoprostanes 20 years later, independently of dietary alpha tocopherol: Coronary artery risk development in young adults study (Cardia)
Katie A. Meyer
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
3:10 - 3:30 Alterations in dietary protein: Carbohydrate balance and their effect in weight and glycemic control in type 2 diabetics
Neil Mann
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
3:30 - 3:50 Lipoic acid induces new translation of Nrf2 in a rapamycin-independent manner by promoting usage of an IRES
Kate Shay
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University
3:50 - 4:15 Coffee/Tea Break

Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research

4:15 Presentation by LPI Director, Balz Frei
Plenary Lecture by Awardee
6:30 Reception
7:30 Banquet Dinner

Friday, September 16, 2011

Travel Day