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Summer forum gives researchers venue to share information

Published May 14, 2012

NDSU is holding a summer research forum on diet and health that will feature the work of its researchers and leading experts from other U.S. universities.

The research forum, titled “Dietary Factors and Long-Term Consequences for Health,” is scheduled for May 14 to May 16 at the NDSU campus.

The purpose of the forum, geared for faculty and students, is to share NDSU research on diet and health from different disciplines, hear from outside experts and foster interdisciplinary collaborations between the campus’ researchers, said Katie Reindl, assistant professor in biological sciences and member of the organizing committee.

“We have 18 NDSU investigators from six different departments giving short talks at the forum,” Reindl said. “Many of us are working on related topics but we aren’t necessarily working together. The primary goal of this forum is to spark conversations about our research that will lead to interdisciplinary collaborations.”

Keynote speakers and their topics include:

  • Kalidas Shetty, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: “Integration of Redox Biology to Design Functional Foods to Combat Obesity-Lined Chronic Diseases: Type 2 Diabetes as a Model”

  • Kent Thornburg, Heart Research Center, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore.: “Fetal Undernutrition Drives Adult-Onset Cardiovascular Disease”

  • Ah-Ng Tony Kong, Center for Cancer Prevention Research, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.: “Cancer Prevention by Dietary Phytochemicals: From Nrf2-mediated Anti-Oxidative Stress, Epigenetics to in vivo Cancer Models”

In addition, the research forum will include 18 presentations by NDSU faculty as well as presentations from a University of North Dakota faculty member and employees from the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

NDSU’s first summer research forum was held in June 2011. The topic was materials and nanotechnology. Two more research forums will be held this summer.

Sponsors of the summer research forum are the College of Science and Mathematics; College of Human Development and Education; College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources; Office of the Provost; EPSCoR; Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy; and North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

For more information, contact Katie Reindl at


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