Monday Seminar Series

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Each Monday at 12 noon ET, a prominent research scientist working on topics related to aging and nutrition presents their latest research through the HNRCA Monday Seminar Series. The virtual lecture series is designed to bring researchers, faculty, and students together for learning and lively discussion. The lectures are open to members of the public interested in learning about current research topics taking place related to aging and nutrition. Registration is required.

Watch recordings of past HNRCA Monday Seminars on our YouTube channel here.

Registration is required.

Spring 2024

January 22
Bruce Kristal, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
Title: Approaches toward personalizing analysis of -omics data, risk factors, and treatments
No video available

January 29
Samaneh Farsijani Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Registered Dietitian 
School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh 
Title: Beyond quantity and quality: The role of chrononutrition in health

February 5
Erfei Zhao, MSW
Ph.D. Candiate
University of Southern California 
Title: Age trajectories of diseases, functional limitations, psychological, and cognitive wellbeing of centenarians and non-centenarians in the Health and Retirement Study

February 12
Ahmed Alhassani, B.D.S., M.S., Sc.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontology
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Title: The association between dietary intake and periodontal disease

February 26
Jay Cao, Ph.D.
Research Nutritionist
Grand Forks Human Nutrition 
Research Center
Title: Caloric restriction and timing of exercise on bone in obesity and aging in animal model

March 4
Stefano Monti, Ph.D.
Section of Computational BioMedicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics
Boston University School of Public Health
Bioinformatics Program, BU CDS
Hariri Institute for Computing and Compuational Science and Engineering
Boston University
Title: Multi-Omics modeling to study (Healthy) aging and cancer

March 11
Jesus Gil, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Proliferation
Imperial College London
Title: Strategies to target senescence

March 25
Nancy E. Moran, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Nutrition
USDA ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine 
Title: Advances in assessing fruit, vegetable, and carotenoid intake in pediatric and adult populations 

April 1
Sameera Talegawkar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (primary)
Department of Epidemiology
Milken Institute School of Public Health
George Washington University
Title: Dietary patterns and age-related physical function 

April 8
Daniel Promislow, D.Phil.
Principal Investigator
Dog Aging Project
Title: The Dog Aging Project: A platform for precision geroscience

April 22
Stacy Andersen, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Title: Cognition and brain health at the extremes of human lifespan

April 29
Stephen Sodeke, Ph.D.
Resident Bioethicist & Professor of Bioethics
Center for Biomedical Research & Modern Languages, Communication, and Philosophy
Tuskegee University
Title: The bioethics of enhancing the participation of historically skeptical populations in clinical trials: Essential thoughts for human nutrition research

May 6
Jun Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Francine Grodstein, Sc.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine
Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center
Rush University Medical Center
Title: Dietary patterns and 'omics pathways in the prevention of chronic diseases of aging

HNRCA Monday Seminar Series: Fall 2023

September 11 
Amy Millen, Ph.D. 
School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo 
Title: Investigations into the gut microbiome and age-related macular degeneration

September 18 
Alexis Wood, Ph.D. 
Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine 
Title: Using Metabolomic Data to Develop Personalized Nutrition Approaches

October 2 
Holly Brown-Borg, Ph.D. 
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences  
Title: Somatotropic signaling in aging, health and disease

October 16 
Josiemer Mattei, M.D., Ph.D. 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Title: Twenty years of nutrition research for Puerto Rican cardiometabolic health: from the US mainland to the island                                                                                  

October 23 
Esther Aarts, Ph.D. 
Professor, Donders Centre for Neuroscience – Neurobiology, Radboud University 
Title: Nutrition & cognitive neuroimaging: understanding the gut-immune-brain axis in aging 

October 30  
Julie Hess, Ph.D. 
Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center 
Title: Healthy dietary patterns throughout the life cycle – the intersection of nutrition, convenience, and culture  

November 6 
Andrea Baccarelli, M.D. Ph.D. 
Columbia University 
Title: Omics, big data, and environmental determinants of aging

November 13 
Ana Maria Cuervo M.D., Ph.D. 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Title: Selective autophagy as a gerotherapeutic target
No video available

November 27 
Linda Larson-Prior, Ph.D. 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center 
Title: The Role of Sleep in Cognitive Function Across the Lifespan

December 4 
Yvonne Nolan, Ph.D. 
University College Cork 
Title: Age and exercise shaping brain plasticity and behaviour: Does the gut microbiome play a role

December 11 
Brian Bennett, Ph.D. 
Western Human Nutrition Research Center 
Title: Genetics and Precision Nutrition and the Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)