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Researchers to discuss protein and its role in modern nutrition at 2017 nutrition symposium

URBANA, Ill. – Research has shown the importance of nutrition in protein synthesis and muscle growth during early life. Baylor College of Medicine professor, Teresa Ann Davis, will discuss this issue during her keynote address, “Role of Nutrition in the Regulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis and Lean Growth in the Neonate,” at the 2017 Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student Association Nutrition Symposium on Wednesday, April 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 180 Bevier Hall at the University of Illinois.

The event is open to the public.

Davis, a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine at Houston, will discuss the current understanding of protein synthesis. Particularly, she will focus on the stimulatory effect of feeding on protein synthesis and how timing of nutrient delivery can modulate this. She will also discuss her use of the young pig as an animal model to elucidate these underlying mechanisms.

In addition to Davis’ keynote address, a mini-symposium including U of I faculty will take place from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Monsanto Room of the Funk ACES Library. This year’s presentations will address protein and its dynamic role in modern nutrition, and will feature Juan Andrade, Hans Stein, Nicholas Burd, and Yuan-Xiang Pan.

Oral presentations by graduate students will take place from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Poster presentations will occur from 5:15 to 6:40 p.m.

All sessions except for the keynote address will take place in the Funk ACES Library.

Visit the symposium website at for more information.

The Nutrition Symposium is sponsored by Abbott Nutrition; Mead Johnson Nutrition; and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Friends of the symposium are Campbell Soup Company; Egg Nutrition Center; U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Office of Research; and U of I Departments of Animal Sciences and Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Article submitted by Stephanie Henry, 217-244-1183


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