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Academic Activities

Steven A. Abrams, M.D.

  • Speaker. "Using stable isotopes to assess mineral requirements in children." Guest Scholars Program, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

  • Speaker. "Stable isotope research using minerals." University of Chile, Instituto de Nutricion Y Tecnologia de Los Alimentos, Santiago, Chile.

  • Speaker. "Methods for studying magnesium metabolism using stable isotopes in humans." Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Theix, France.

  • Speaker. "Stable isotope studies of iron and zinc." International Atomic Energy Agency expert mission, Bogor, Indonesia.

Dennis M. Bier, M.D.

  • Speaker. "Metabolic parameters of growth and development in childhood." National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Biology and Metabolism Workshop, Florida State University, Coral Gables, Florida.

  • Ad Hoc Member. National Institute of Health Metabolism Study Section.

  • Speaker. "Dietary fat intake and health consequences in children."  International Symposium on Adolescent Growth, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Speaker. "Amino acid effects on growth."  March of Dimes 1999 Scientific Conference on Nutrition and Optimal Human Development, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Chair. "Human milk: Long term effects of breastfeeding."  European Society for Pediatric Research Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Speaker. "Metabolic aspects of hypoglycemia." Pediatric Endocrine Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

  • Speaker. "Complementary feeding."  International Pediatric Association/European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hematology, and Nutrition Consensus Meeting, Casablanca, Morocco.

  • Speaker. "Food biotechnology and human nutrition."  8th Asian Congress of Nutrition, Seoul, Korea.

  • Chair. "New methods to measure protein metabolism in the 3rd millennium." 5th Annual International Symposium, Amino Acid/Protein Metabolism in Health and Disease Meeting, Perugia, Italy.

  • Co-Organizer. CWRU/CNRC Workshop on Protein/Nitrogen Metabolism and Accretion in Very Low Birth Weight Infants, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Douglas G. Burrin, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Total parenteral nutrition does not compromise digestion or absorption of dietary protein in neonatal pigs." Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

  • Speaker. "Optimizing enteral nutrient needs for intestinal growth and function in neonates."  Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences Symposium on Neonatal Nutrition and Metabolism, Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

  • Speaker. "Enteral nutrient requirements for neonatal intestinal growth and function." University of Guelph, Department of Poultry and Animal Science, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

  • Speaker. "Amino acid metabolism by the gut."  University of Alberta, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  • Speaker. "Amino acid metabolism by the gut."  Western Nutrition Conference, Calgary, Canada.

  • Speaker. "Biological effects of dietary plasma protein on intestinal growth and metabolism in weanling piglets."  L.G. Laboratories Nutrition Research Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Nancy F. Butte, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Body composition differs between breast-fed and formula-fed infants."  Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

  • Speaker. "Energy requirements during the first two years of life based on measurements of energy expenditure and growth."  American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research, San Francisco, California.

  • Speaker. "Energy requirements during pregnancy and during the first two years of life based on measurements of total energy expenditure and growth."  March of Dimes Scientific Conference on Nutrition and Optimal Human Development, Rio Del Mar, Puerto Rico.

  • Speaker. "Energy utilization differs between breast-fed and formula-fed infants." International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation, Kloster Irsee, Germany.

  • Speaker. "Research update on lactation and infant growth."  Texas Breastfeeding Summit, Austin, Texas.

David M. Cohen, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "A Syntactic model of metabolism: Relation to NMR spectroscopy and measurement of metabolic flux." Festschrift Conference in Honor of John H. Holland, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Speaker. "Potential for use of 13C NMR spectroscopy for measurement of longitudinal changes in early brain development."  Meeting on Longitudinal Changes in Early Brain Development, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Teresa A. Davis, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Insulin and amino acids are critical regulatory factors for neonatal growth." North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

  • Speaker. "Regulation of translation initiation by nutrition in the neonate."  Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine.

  • Coauthor. Invited Presentation. "Developmental changes in the regulation of translation initiation by feeding in skeletal muscle of neonatal pigs." Translation UK, Dundee, Scotland.

Kenneth J. Ellis, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Body composition assessment of children." Harris County Dietetic Association, Houston, Texas.

  • Speaker. "Pediatric body composition - new models."  Arkansas Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Speaker. "Body composition methods and models: assessment of patients with Prader-Willi syndrome."  14th Annual Prader-Willi Syndrome Scientific Conference, San Diego, California.

  • Speaker. "The reference child and adolescent models of body composition: A Contemporary comparison."  5th International Symposium on In Vivo Body Composition Studies. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York.

  • Presenter. Poster: "BMC and BMD references for school-aged children. "5th International Symposium on In Vivo Body Composition Studies. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York.

Michael A. Grusak, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Iron homeostasis in higher plants: whole-plant to molecular regulation."  Department of Botany and Center for Legume Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • Speaker. "Iron transport and partitioning in higher plants: whole-plant to molecular regulation."  Institut de Recherche en Biologie Vegétales de Montreal, Université de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

  • Speaker. "Deciphering plant iron homeostasis using unique iron-hyperaccumulating pea mutants."  Biochemical Genetics Symposium, Plant Biology '99, Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Presenter. Poster: "Identification of metal-chelating proteins and peptides in phloem sap."  Plant Biology '99, Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Presenter. Poster: "Characterization of zinc inefficient mutants in Medicago Truncatula."  Plant Biology 99, Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Speaker. "Genomics: What is it and how can we use it for nutritional improvement?" Task Force on Genetic Improvement of Grain Crops for Functional (Health Beneficial) Foods, Specialty Feed, or Industrial Uses, Denver, Colorado.

  • Speaker. "Analysis of phytonutrient bioavailability and metabolism using stable isotopically labeled plants."  9th Gatlinburg Symposium: "Plants, Nutrition and Human Health," University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Darryl Hadsell, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "IGF-dependent mammary cell survival: Significance and mechanisms."  17th Annual Wilderness Conference on Mammary Gland Biology, Cedar Run, Pennsylvania.

  • Coauthor. Poster Presentation. Kaplan PJ, Huss WJ, Hadsell DL, Rosen JM, and Greenberg NM. "Expression of prostatic des-insulin-like Growth Factor I results in preneoplastic changes in transgenic mice."  5th International Symposium on Insulin-Like Growth Factors, Brighton, United Kingdom.

  • Speaker. Hadsell DL, Murphy KL, Reece N, Alexeenko T, Laucirica R, and Rosen JM.  "Cooperation between des(1-3)IGF-I and Mutant p53 accelerates mammary gland carcinogenesis in double transgenic mice." 81st Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, San Diego, California.

Peter M. Haney, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Presenter. Poster: "Hormonally regulated subcellular targeting of the GLUT1 glucose transporter of mammary epithelial cells."  Gordon Conference for Mammary Gland Biology, Henneker, New Hampshire.

William C. Heird, M.D.

  • Speaker. "Overview of Parenteral Nutrition for the Neonate" and "Protein and Energy Needs of Low Birthweight Infants."  International Symposium on Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • Lecturer.  "Nutritional management of the low birth weight infant."  Murray Davidson, M.D., Memorial Lecture, Schneider Children's Hospital, New Hyde Park, New York.

  • Speaker. "Overview of parenteral nutrition for the neonate" and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: needs in the neonate."  Neonatal Nutrition Conference, Charleston, S.C.

  • Invited participant. "Goals for nutrient requirements and growth of VLBW infants fed human milk."  108th Ross Conference on Pediatric Research, Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Speaker. "DHA supplementation of breastfeeding mothers: Effects on maternal plasma and milk fatty acids, infant plasma fatty acids, infant visual function and infant neurodevelopmental status."  ISSFAL/NIH Workshop on Essentiality of and Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Co-moderator. Poster Symposium. "Neonatal nutrition and metabolism II."  Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

  • Speaker. "Taurine, neucleotides and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid needs of formula-fed infants."  (Consultant.) Philippine Pediatric Society Committee on Nutrition, Manila, Philippines.

  • Speaker. "Protein needs for the first year of life."  Pediatric Peruvian Society Symposium: Infant Nutrition for the Next Millennium, Lima, Peru.

  • Moderator. Session III, "Studies in humans."  Protein/Nitrogen Metabolism and Accretionin Very Low Birth Weight Infants Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio.

Karen K. Hirschi, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Retinoid regulation of vascular cell growth, differentiation and interactions." North American Vascular Biology Organization, Washington, DC.

  • Speaker. "Cell-cell interactions in blood vessel formation."  Shell Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine.

  • Presenter. "Retinoid regulation of vascular cell growth and differentiation."  The Gordon Conference on Angiogenesis and Microcirculation, Newport, Rhode Island.

Judy Hopkinson, Ph.D.

  • Speaker. "Anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding," "Biochemistry of human milk," "Matrescence and mother-infant attachment," "Growing with the flow: Growth and development of breast-fed infants," "Maternal nutrition during breastfeeding: Impact on milk composition and infant health." Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas; Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas; Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Texas A&M Research Center, El Paso, Texas; Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany; Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, Texas.

  • Presenter. "Bone mineral content (BMC) increases in postpartum lactating and nonlactating women." Experimental Biology 1999, Washington, D.C.

  • Speaker. "Breastfeeding to improve infant health."  Conference on Reducing Childhood Morbidity and Mortality, Houston, Texas.

  • Presenter. "Proyecto Leche de Vida: The Baby-friendly neighborhood project."  Second Annual Texas Breastfeeding Summit, Austin, Texas.

  • Speaker. "Making breastfeeding a community effort," "Breastfeeding: Anatomy & Physiology" and "Community Support of Breastfeeding." Second Annual Texas Breastfeeding Summit, Austin, Texas.


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