4th International Conference on Precision Nutrition and Metabolism in Public Health and Medicine


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    Please note that our registration fees include hotel accommodations and therefore no additional reservations are required. The only communication you should receive is from Aegean Conferences and if your paying by credit card, payment receipts from Conferex LLC. SCAM Alert: Beware of any third party companies calling and/or emailing you to reserve hotel accommodations for you during our conferences

    In completing the online registration form you are not automatically accepted to attend the conference nor are you automatically registered for the conference. Final registration to the conference shall occur after you have been accepted and notified by the conference chair of your acceptance to the conference. If you have been charged the registration fee but your attendance has been declined you will be reimbursed in full.

    You want to arrive at the Ioannina Airport (code: IOA) and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (~20 EUR)

    Accommodation Tax
    An accommodation tax of € 4.00 per room night will apply, and will be charged automatically to the individual guest’s extras accounts. 

    Accommodations for the conference are at the Hotel Du Lac.  The hotel is located in the city of Ioannina, 7 km from the Airport. 

    Arrival and Check-in
    It is expected that attendees will arrive/check-in after 3:00 PM. Anyone arriving after 10:30 pm on the first day should make alternative dinner arrangements.

    Conference Venue
    The Du Lac Conference Center is located at the hotel. 

    Handicapped Accessibility
    The site is fully handicapped accessible.

    Oral Presentations
    Speakers are asked to bring their USB flash drive to the reception desk at least 30 minutes prior to the session.  The allocated time for all presentations, unless otherwise indicated, includes five minutes Q&A.

    City Tour
    Buses for the city tour will depart from the hotel front lobby at 3:30 pm. Badges are required for participation. 

    Breakfast for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served at the Avra Imperial Hotel main restaurant during the hours scheduled in this program. 

    Lunches/Informal Discussions
    Lunches for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served during the times indicated in this program at the main restaurant and only after the session has finished. Badges are required for admission.

    Dinners/Informal Discussions
    Three of the dinners/informal discussion will be served during the times indicated in the program. Vegetarian entrees are available only upon request in advance of the meeting.  Please contact info@aegeanconferences.org. 

    Internet, Phone, & Computer
    Wireless Internet access is located throughout the conference center free of charge during meeting hours. There are computers available in the hotel’s business center for the use of the attendees. Phone service is available for an additional charge from your hotel room.

    Certificate of Participation
    A Certificate of Participation will be distributed to a participant for those sessions that the participant has attended. A participant must attend an entire session to receive credit for that particular session. Late arrivals and early departures from a session will preclude a participant from receiving credit for that session. 

    Passports and Visa
    Participants are advised to check on their individual requirements before attending any Aegean Conference meeting. Visa applications should be filed at the nearest Greek Embassy in the country in which you are resident, at least three months prior to the anticipated departure date.

    Letters of Invitation
    Letters of invitation to attend an Aegean Conference meeting will be issued only to:

    • Authors of accepted abstracts
    • Fully paid registrants

    Note: Invitations are issued at the discretion of Aegean Conferences, and requests for letters will be accepted only 60 days prior to the conference start date.

    Liability and Insurance
    Neither the organizers, nor the Aegean Conferences will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during meeting period. Participants are advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.  

    Other Information
    Animals are not permitted on site.
    Badges are required for admission to all events.
    All Aegean Conferences events are non-smoking.

    No Photographs and Recording Devices
    Participants are not allowed to photograph and/or record using cameras, mobile telephones and other recording devices during the slide and poster presentations. 

    Code of Conduct Policy 
    Aegean Conferences is committed to making its meetings an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. The code of conduct can be viewed here. 

Sunday, June 25

06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Conference Registration
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Welcome Reception & Dinner

Monday, June 26

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Precion Nutrition and public health
Chair: Regan Bailey
09:00 AM - 09:25 AM
Impact of Riboflavin and its interaction with the MTHFR C677T polymorphism on vascular health across the lifecycle
Mary Ward
09:25 AM - 09:50 AM
Micronutrient Quality Varies by Life Stage Among the U.S. Population, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2015-2018
Alexandra Cowan1, Janet Tooze2, and Regan Bailey1
09:50 AM - 10:15 AM
TBA Naomi Fukagawa
Naomi Fukagawa
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM
A case for optimizing folic acid intake among individuals at low risk for having a neural tube defect-affected pregnancy: Examples from Canada
Amanda MacFarlane
10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Precision nutrition –metabolic phenotype, dietary challenges, meals and variations in response
Lydia Afman
11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
One-carbon metabolism and precision nutrition
Chair: Patrick Stover
11:45 AM - 12:10 PM
One-carbon metabolism and precision nutrition: the application of stable isotopic tracers and mass spectrometry in tracking metabolic kinetics as therapeutic targets in human diseases
EnPei Chiang1 and Shu-Rong Wang1
12:10 PM - 12:35 PM
Molecular mechanisms linking impaired mitochondrial folate metabolism to mitochondrial DNA instability and impaired mitochondrial function
Martha Field, Sinwoo Hwang, Joanna Fiddler, Katarina Heyden, and Yuwen Xiu
12:35 PM - 01:00 PM
Interventions of folate-based, one-carbon metabolic pathways: A conserved route to improved longevity?
Michael Polymenis
01:00 PM - 01:25 PM
Mutations in SHMT1 cause folate-dependent neural tube defects which are modified by UNG deficiency in mice
Kendra Tiani and Patrick Stover
01:25 PM - 01:50 PM
Metabolic disturbances and clinical pathologies in the B12-deficient rodent
Barry Shane, Nan Wang, and Su Yan
01:50 PM - 02:05 PM
Shmt1 deficiency causes peripheral neuropathy in mice
Joydeep Chakraborty and Patrick Stover
02:05 PM - 03:30 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions

Tuesday, June 27

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Inflammation and immunity
Chair: Thekla Cordes
09:00 AM - 09:25 AM
Citrate metabolism and transporter influencing inflammation and cancer
Thekla Cordes
09:25 AM - 09:50 AM
TBA - Irmgard Forster
Irmgard Forster
09:50 AM - 10:15 AM
Breaking the Myth: Full TCA Cycle Activity Fuels Macrophage Effector Function
Karsten Hiller and Alexander Heinz
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Metabolic Programming of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function by Prenatal Folate
Brian Krum1, Noah Huerta2, and Anna Beaudin3
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Aging, epigenetics, and stem cell function
Chair: Martina Wallace
11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
TBA - Vadim Gladyshev
Vadim Gladyshev
11:40 AM - 12:05 PM
Chance, individuality, and Precision Medicine
Joseph Nadeau
12:05 PM - 12:30 PM
Prenatal folate status metabolically program adult hematopoietic stem cell function
Anna Beaudin1 and Brian Krum2
12:30 PM - 12:55 PM
Impact of Nutrient Availability on the Skeletal Muscle Regenerative Process
Anna Thalacker-Mercer, Angad Yadav, Ryan Dannemiller, Susan Ruby, and Wenxia Ma
12:55 PM - 01:20 PM
Dietary Control of Stem Cells in Physiology and Disease
Omer Yilmaz
01:20 PM - 01:35 PM
Sarcomeric mitochondrial creatine kinase 2 modulates mitochondrial function and is downregulated in men with type 2 diabetes
David Rizo-Roca1, Dimitrius Guimarães2, Logan Pendergrast3, Erik Näslund4, Juleen Zierath1,3, and Anna Krook1
01:35 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions

Wednesday, June 28

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes, Session 1
Chair: Cindy Davis
09:00 AM - 09:25 AM
Understanding skeletal muscle metabolism in metabolic disease – from glucose challenge to exercise response.
Anna Krook
09:25 AM - 09:50 AM
Nutrient-sensing ghrelin signaling in inflamm-aging and healthspan
Yuxiang Sun
09:50 AM - 10:15 AM
Personalising the diet prescription to improve performance on calorie controlled diets
John Speakman and IAEA DLW database consortium
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM
Branched chain amino acid metabolism in adipose tissue – its role and regulation
Rory Turner, Xiaofei Yin, Lorraine Brennan, and Martina Wallace
10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Targeting nutrient absorption to treat obesity
Mark Febbraio
11:05 AM - 11:20 AM
Multiple loci drive diet-induced thermogenesis in mice exposed to a ketogenic diet
Alexandra Naron1, Anna Salvador 2, David Threadgill1,2, and Emanuele Baldassarri
11:20 AM - 11:35 AM
Selective flux of cis versus trans fatty acids through sphingolipid metabolism in lipotoxicity
Jivani Gengatharan1,2, Michal Handzlik1,2, Maureen Ruchhoeft1, Courtney Green1,2, Patrick Secrest3, Zoya Chih1, Martina Wallace4, Philip Gordts3, and Christian Metallo1,2
11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Enabling technology
Chair: Christian Metallo
12:15 PM - 12:40 PM
Food Atlas: Using AI to identify food composition and recommend meals
Ilias Tagkopoulos1,, Fangzhou Li1,, Jason Youn1,, and Trevor Chan1,
12:40 PM - 01:05 PM
Unsaturated Fatty Acids Uniquely Alter Aggregation Rate of α-Synuclein and Insulin and Change the Secondary Structure and Toxicity of Amyloid Aggregates Formed in Their Presence
Dmitry Kurouski
01:05 PM - 01:30 PM
Discovery of an rare allele in a Zn transporter that is protective for undesirable metabolic traits
Aris N. Economides
01:30 PM - 01:55 PM
TBA - Guido Camps
Guido Camps
01:55 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions

Thursday, June 29

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes, session 2
Chair: Pamela Starke-Reed
09:00 AM - 09:25 AM
TBA - David Threadgill
David Threadgill
09:25 AM - 09:50 AM
A genome-wide meta-analysis connects iron homeostasis to metabolic disease through poly-unsaturated fatty acid synthesis
Sophia Praggastis1, Beth Crowell1, Arthur Gilly2, Larisa Ivanova1, Regeneron Genetics Center2, GHS-RGC DiscovEHR Collaboration2, Aris Economides1, Sarah Hatsell1, Heinrich Lob1, Jonas Bovijn2, Luca Lotta2, and Tanima De2
09:50 AM - 10:15 AM
Dissociation of intramyocellular lipid content from insulin sensitivity in human skeletal muscle of endurance-trained individuals: the athlete’s paradox revisited
Dominik Pesta1, Evrim Anadol-Schmitz2, Theresia Sarabhai2, Yvo op den Kamp3, sofiya Gancheva2, Oana-Patricia Zaharia2, Lucia Mastrotodaro2, Kun Lyu4, Matthias Hesselink3, Jürgen Weiß2, Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling3, Dongman Zhang4, Klaus Strassburger2, Yuliya Kupriyanova2, Hadi Al-Hasani2, Julia Szendroedi2, Patrick Schrauwen3, Esther Phielix3, Gerald Shulman4, and Michael Roden2
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM
Dysregulation of amino acid metabolism and co-morbidities of diabetes
Christian Metallo
10:40 AM - 10:55 AM
Tissue-specific insulin resistance phenotype-diet interactions in fasting and postprandial metabolite responses to a 12-week high-MUFA or low-fat, high-protein, high-fibre diet: a secondary analysis of the PERSON study
Anouk Gijbels1,2, Kelly M. Jardon2,, Inez Trouwborst2,, Koen C.M. Manusama1, Gijs H Goossens, Ellen E. Blaak2,, Edith J. M. Feskens1, and Lydia A. Afman1
10:55 AM - 12:00 PM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Enabling Technologies 2
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
The impact of extracellular glutamine availability on skeletal muscle stem/progenitor cell state
Angad Yadav, Wenxia Ma, Dexten Retchloff, Ryan Dannemiller, Susan Ruby, and Anna Thalacker-Mercer
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Targeting BCAA metabolism in hepatic stellate cell transactivation as a potential treatment for liver fibrosis
Rory Turner, Martina Wallace, Lorraine Brennan, and Xiaofei Yin
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Hepcidin-mediated inhibition of iron absorption by clinical and sub-clinical infections in young Gambian children
Nicole Cunningham1,4, Andrew Prentice2, Elizabeth Ledger2, Amadou Jallow2, Bubacarr Susso2, Alansana Saidykhan2, Hans Verhoef3, and Carla Cerami2
12:45 PM - 01:00 PM
Systems biology of personalized lifestyle medicine – personalized lifestyle medicine to prevent, revert and remit type 2 diabetes in primary care practice
Iris de Hoogh1, Johanneke Oosterman1, Dagmar Smid1, Regina Kamstra1, Wilma Otten1, Anne-Margreet Krijger2, Susanne Berbée3, Hanno Pijl4, Ben van Ommen1, and Suzan Wopereis1
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Closing Remarks
01:15 PM - 02:45 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
02:45 PM - 07:00 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Farewell Dinner