Protein in Balance: Can You Go Too Far? Or Not Far Enough?

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Sheraton, Republic Ballroom

Sponsored By: Pfizer


Stuart M. Phillips, PhD

Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Stuart Phillips is currently a full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health. He is also the Director of the McMaster Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research and the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


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Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD

Sheridan Lorenz Distinguished Professor in Aging and Health
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas


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Rajavel Elango, PhD

Associate Professor
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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Heather Leidy, PhD

Associate Professor
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Heather J. Leidy, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. Dr. Leidy received her BS in Biology from Shippensburg University and taught junior-high biology in the Pennsylvania public school system for several years. She then went on to complete her MS and PhD in Physiology (with emphasis in exercise endocrinology and metabolism) at Penn State University as well as a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Nutrition Science and the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University. As a nutritional physiologist, she incorporates a ‘pipet to dinner-plate’ approach by examining the ingestive (i.e., eating) behavior signals by which the consumption of increased dietary protein improves weight management in humans. This line of research has led to the development of novel dietary strategies for the prevention and/or treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Specific focus areas include the effects of protein quantity, quality, and timing of consumption on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling appetite, satiety, and food cravings. She has over 60 original research publications and has given over 100 invited research talks in this area. In 2015, Dr. Leidy received the American Society of Nutrition Mead Johnson Nutrition Award to young investigators in recognition of outstanding research in environmental & nutritional physiology. The award was based on her most recent works focusing on the importance of consuming a high-protein breakfast for satiety, glycemic control, and weight management in overweight young people who habitually skip breakfast. Her funding has included both industry support and NIH.


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