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Researchers to discuss soy’s impact on health, weight loss maintenance at 2016 nutrition symposium

Published March 2, 2016
Paul S. MacLean, University of Colorado School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 nutrition symposium.

URBANA, Ill. – Successfully maintaining weight loss can be difficult for many people. University of Colorado School of Medicine professor Paul S. MacLean will discuss this issue during his keynote address, “Physiological and Behavioral Challenges to Successful Weight Loss Maintenance,” at the 2016 Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student Association Nutrition Symposium on Wednesday, March 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 180 Bevier Hall at the University of Illinois.

The event is open to the public.

MacLean is a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes. His research is focused on understanding the metabolic consequences of obesity and weight loss.

He is funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the metabolic adaptations to long-term weight reduction that promote weight regain, and strategies that facilitate weight loss by countering those adaptations. He works closely with a number of scientists in the Colorado Health and Wellness Center who perform clinical studies in this area.

MacLean has a number of interdisciplinary collaborations with other programs on campus investigating the metabolic complications of obesity, including the impact of obesity on mammary gland development and lactation, how obesity affects the menopausal transition, and the link between obesity and postmenopausal breast cancer.

In addition to MacLean’s keynote address, a mini-symposium including U of I faculty researchers will take place from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. The topic will be “Soybeans and Health: What Have We Learned?” The panel, all from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Division of Nutritional Sciences, will include: Hong Chen, associate professor; Elvira de Mejia, professor; John Erdman, professor emeritus, and William Helferich, professor.

Oral presentations by graduate students will take place from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Poster presentations will take place from 5:15 – 6:40pm. The keynote address will take place from 4 to 5 p.m.

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

The Nutrition Symposium is sponsored by Abbott Nutrition; Barilla; Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Mead Johnson Nutrition; Nestle-Purina; and. Friends of the symposium are Campbell Soup Company, U of I College of ACES Office of Research, and U of I Departments of Animal Sciences and Food Science and Human Nutrition. Funding is also provided by the U of I Student Organization Resource Fee.

For more information, go to http://nutritionsymposium2016.weebly.com/.