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ASN to hold Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting March 28-April 1

Annual nutrition science event features gut, brain, and more

American Society for Nutrition

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) will hold its 79th Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) from March 28-April 1 in Boston, Mass. ASN's program offers in-depth exploration of research science related to nutrition with topics including preconception nutrition; science in a digital world; low-calorie sweeteners; gut microbes and the brain; and cardio-skeletal health. Browse the full program for a list of speakers and sessions at:

Presidential Symposium: Nutrition and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

One of the most anticipated nutrition lectures at the 5-day meeting is the Presidential Symposium. This year's lineup will discuss "Nutrition and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease" and is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Topics and speakers include:

  • Chair: ASN President Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD, Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • Nutritional influences on human developmental epigenetics, Robert A. Waterland, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Early life gut microflora and immune system development, Dingding An, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Fructose, pregnancy and later life impact, Deborah Sloboda, PhD, McMaster University
  • Paternal nutrition and transgenerational health outcomes, Lars O. Bygren, University of Umea

Media Registration

Credentialed media, science writers and bloggers are invited to cover all or part of the conference with free registration. An onsite newsroom will be available for media. Detailed instructions for individuals who wish to request press passes are available on the EB website. The newsroom will be open Saturday, March 28, through Wednesday, April 1. Pre-registration for press passes is strongly encouraged and will be accepted through March 25. A press kit with highlights of scientific research will be available on an embargoed basis prior to the meeting. Not able to attend, but wish to cover a symposium? Email ASN to facilitate interviews with speakers prior to or following the event.

Members of the media will have easy access to:

  • Six society meetings in one location (nutrition plus physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, pathology, and pharmacology)
  • More than 60 concurrent scientific sessions spanning the disciplines of the sponsoring societies
  • Attendees from all over the world
  • More than 400 company exhibit booths

Program Tracks

Each day of EB 2015 will address a diverse group of topics, including gut microbes and the brain, health effects of air pollution, the anatomy of memory and neurodegenerative disease, molecular mechanisms of infection and immunity, and navigating the future of biomedical research. ASN's specific program tracks include: pediatric nutrition and early development; biochemical, molecular and genetic mechanisms; diet and non-communicable diseases; human nutrition and metabolism; global and public health nutrition; research methods and funding. We hope to see you in Boston!


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