Organizing Committee

Guy Kurkjian

World Food Safety Organisation

Shaodong Guo

Associate Professor
Texas A&M University

Dr. Guo research lab has interest in studying disease mechanisms of insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, and associated cardiovascular dysfunction, aiming at nutritional and therapeutic intervention for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. His lab focuses on insulin, glucagon, and beta-adrenergic receptor signal transduction, insulin resistance, gene transcriptional control of nutrient homeostasis and diabetes-induced heart failure. Dr. Guo has been working on the gene transcriptional regulation of metabolic homeostasis by insulin receptor substrate proteins (IRS) and Forkhead transcription factors (FoxO) with the hope of understanding how the signaling from insulin via IRS to FoxO proteins plays a key role in many fundamental cellular processes, including cellular growth and metabolism. His lab has taken a multidisciplinary approach in both cell- and animal- based experiments to investigate how different signals regulate FoxO and how dysregulation of FoxO pathway is involved in the development of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. The long-term goal of Guo lab is to develop diabetic and cardiovascular medicine, through identifying components of the IRS and FoxO regulatory network that can be targeted via nutritional and therapeutic approaches, preventing and treating diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disorders.

Iman Hakim

The University of Arizona

Iman Hakim, MD, Ph.D., MPH, is a professor of public health and the Dean of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). Dr. Hakim is the Mel & Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health and the founding director of the Global Health Institute. She also has served as the Director of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at MEZCOPH and as the director of family and child health concentration. She is a member of the UA Cancer Center and Sarver Heart Center at the UA College of Medicine. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Nutrition at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine.

She is internationally known for her translational research and work on the role of bioactive food compounds such as green tea and limonene in a modulation of oxidative damage and prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Her research focuses on health promotion, dietary interventions, and the role of gene-environment and gene-nutrition interactions in chronic disease prevention.

She has been the Principal Investigator of several large-scale, behavior change interventions and clinical trials focused on nutrition and cancer prevention, tea consumption and coronary heart disease, chemoprevention of lung carcinogenesis using green tea; dietary interventions to study the effects of tea consumption on smoking-related oxidative stress and role of citrus-cancer association in the Mediterranean diet.

Dr. Hakim has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and she has been recently selected to join a panel of international health experts as a member of the Healthy Roads International Advisory Committee. She is currently the chair of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and a member of Arizona Healthy aging advisory group.

Dr. Hakim earned her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt where she completed her Pediatric residency. She received her Ph.D. in in child health and nutrition from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.

Uday Kumar

Sr. Deputy Director
National Institute of Nutrition

Dr. Uday Kumar at present, he heads the Pathology and Electron Microscopy Division. As a Pathologist and Toxicologist, he collaborates with other colleagues from other Divisions and has undertaken research projects of his own Division also. His areas of interest are (1) Nutrition and Cancer interaction (2) Nutrition & Toxicology. Recently he was selected for the “Normal E Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Programme – 2010” under Department of Agriculture, Govt. of USA. His earlier studies focussed on BMI in human patients with breast cancer and possible correlation with the disease and animal studies to look into the effect of type of dietary fat on mammary carcinogenesis. Also, the effect of macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and supplementation were studied in intestinal epithelial cell apoptosis. Further, a cisplatin-induced apoptotic animal model was developed. Many collaborative research projects are in the field of “Fluorosis”, a major public health problem in India. He is a CPCSEA nominee (under Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India) and Inspector for various Govt. Organizations and Industry. He is also a trained GLP Assessor working on behalf of National GLP Monitoring Authority of DST, Govt. of India. He is a Life Member of Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (IAPM-AP), Nutrition Society of India (NSI), Society of Toxicological Pathologists of India (STPI), Laboratory Animal Scientists Association (LASA) and member, Indian Medical Association (IMA). He is on the teaching faculty of courses in Nutrition as well as Laboratory Animals Sciences.

Edward Muntean

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca

Edward Muntean is a professor at the Department of Food Sciences within the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca, Romania, teaching Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry for undergraduate students, Advanced Techniques of Food Analysis and Chemical Risk Analysis for Master students. Prof.Edward Muntean undertakes coordinated research contracts (he has managed six independent research projects), is also involved in the activity of many professional societies. His studies include a B.Sc. in Organic Chemical Engineering (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca), postgraduate studies in Applied Informatics and Programming (Technical University Cluj Napoca), a M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Plant Pigments (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca) and a PhD in Chemistry (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca). He published eleven books focusing on analytical and inorganic chemistry and more than 100 papers in scientific journals. Since 2010, Edward has been working as a scientific editor, being a member of editorial and advisory boards of several international journals. In the past years, he was concerned mostly in the chemistry and biochemistry of carotenoids, involving analytical strategies, biochemical researchers and applications in food industry. Presently, his research focuses on applications of high-performance liquid chromatography and ion chromatography in detecting emerging food and medicinal plants’ contamination 

Somayeh Athari Nik Azm

Research Assistant
Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Setareh Athari (Ph.D. in nutrition science). She worked as research assistant in the field of nutraceutical, probiotics, microbiome, and diabetes at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Also, she is a diabetes educator and worked in this field for 8 years and now she works as a nutritional consult in private clinic. She is interested in food science and nutrients or nutraceutical effect on health and diseases.  

Mahmoud A. Alkhateib

Sports Dietitian
Aspetar Orthopedic Sports Medicine Hospital

Mahmoud Alkhateib, Ph.D., is a sports dietitian at Aspetar / Qatar; he has completed his Ph.D. in 2012 which looked at obesity in children and related factors. Dr. Alkhateib has been providing nutritional education for several years and has been a national and international speaker on countless topics such as healthy lifestyle, obesity, weight management, healthy eating and has delivered nutrition education courses for chefs, nurses and fitness coaches. Dr. Alkhateib has been recently developed and teaching a nutrition curriculum for students athletes at Aspire sports academy.

Claude Billeaud

European Association for Teaching Pediatrics (AEEP)

Claude Billeaud received his MD degree from the Medical University of Bordeaux ( France) in 1979 after a graduation in human cytogenetics (1976). He then studied pediatrics and has been the Clinical Assistant Director of Bordeaux University in the departments of Pediatrics, Neonatology and Intensive Care since 1983.

He currently serves as a pediatrician in the neonatal unit at the Children’s Hospital of Bordeaux, as a scientific manager of Bordeaux-Marmande human milk bank, as a lecturer and head of research (HDR: Habilitation to direct research) in neonatal nutrition at the Medical University of Bordeaux.

His particular interest in research led him to graduate in Biology and Health (1988, Bordeaux), be awarded a master in statistics applied to clinical research ( 1991, Montreal) and complete a Ph.D. in nutrition and food science (2000, Bordeaux).

Along with his career, he has often been invited as a guest professor specialized in nutrition and neonatology in various universities abroad ( Montreal, Corrientes in Argentina).

Over the last 35 years, he has been an active member of different scientific organizations, either French, European or American, specialized in perinatal medicine (neonatology, pediatrics, and nutrition). In this instance, he has served as the President of the Association for Pediatric Education in Europe (A.P.E.E) since 2008 and behalf APEE he is Member of European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP).

He has also been very involved in the French human milk banking association (ADLF) for more than 10 years, sharing his academic knowledge focused on nutrition and his long clinical experience in neonatology. He is currently carrying out several types of research on the composition of human milk.

As an expert in nutrition and perinatal medicine, he is also the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications.