COVID-19 / Importance of Nutrition in Supporting Immune System

COVID-19 / Importance of Nutrition in Supporting Immune System
Washington, DC, US
8:00am – 9:30am

COVID-19 / Importance of Nutrition in Supporting Immune System

Date: April 28th, 8 am Eastern time (Washington, DC). (90 minutes)
Cost: Free

  1. Who is ILSI? Stéphane Vidry, PhD, Director of Operations, ILSI Global, USA, 10 minutes.
  2. How Immune System Works. Christian Marin-Muller, PhD, MSc, CEO Speratum and National Center of Technology of Costa Rica, CR, 25 minutes.
  3. Nutritional Modulation of Immune Function. Simin Nikbin Meydani, PhD, D.V.M., Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University, USA, 25 minutes.
  4. Q&As: 30 minutes.

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Meet the Speakers

Christian Marin-Muller, PhD, MSc

Dr. Marin-Müller is an expert in the area of molecular oncology. He is Founder and CEO of Speratum where he leads a team of scientists developing novel technologies to fight cancer. Christian received his B.S. degree in Molecular Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in 2003, and an M.S. in Biotechnology-based Entrepreneurship from Case Western in 2006. At age 23 he co-founded Superior Scientific, a biotechnology company based in Cleveland, OH, that developed proprietary laboratory-based mutation detection technology as well as provided laboratory consumables and equipment to customers throughout the United States and internationally. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from Baylor College of Medicine in 2011, during which time he worked as a research consultant and scientist for several biotechnology companies in fields as varied as HIV vaccine development and molecular vector design. His work on microRNAs has earned him numerous first place awards for outstanding research and presentations. Christian holds multiple US patents. He is a fellow in the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), part of the Aspen Institute. and a member of the Scientific Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health in Costa Rica and a founding member of CRBiomed, the first biotechnology and medical device cluster in the region.

Simin Nikbin Meydani, PhD, D.V.M.

Dr. Simin Meydani is Senior Scientist and Director of the Nutritional Immunology Team at the HNRCA. She also served as Director of the HNRCA from 2009 until she was appointed Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University from 2016-2019. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the basic mechanisms of aging, impact of nutrition on the aging process and age associated diseases, role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses, and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries. She is a professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Professor of Immunology in  the Tufts University School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Her honors include the American Aging Association Denham Harman Lifetime Research Achievement Award; American Society of Nutrition (ASN) Herman Award in clinical nutrition; ASN Lederle Award in Human Nutrition Research; Fellow of Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine; American College of Nutrition Grace Goldsmith Award; and International HERMES Vitamin Research Award. She is world-renowned scholar with more than 350 publications. She has served on editorial board of Journal of Nutrition and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and is currently section editor for Aging Cell as well as an editorial board member for AGE Journal, and Functional Food Reviews. Dr. Meydani has served as member of NIH Geriatric Rehabilitation Study Section, Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section, and Cellular Mechanism of Aging and Development Study Section; member of USDA Human Nutrient Requirements for Optimal Health Program Grant Review Panel; member of United Nations FAO/WHO Expert Panel on Nutritional Requirements of the Elderly; and Chair of several FASEB summer conferences and other international meetings. She has served/is serving on several government, foundation and industry committees and advisory boards. She has her D.V.M. from the University of Tehran, Iran and her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Iowa State University.