Is Dementia the New Heart Disease? The Role of Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Strategies in Prevention

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Ballroom C

Sponsored By: Herbalife Nutrition Institute

One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia. Dementia is the second largest contributor to death among older Americans, second only to heart failure. Led by a group of recognized experts in the field, this symposium will focus on the emerging nutrition science in dementia prevention with a focus on the roles of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutritional strategies for the prevention of dementia. More research is needed to better understand the link between inflammation, abdominal obesity, vascular health, dietary components including polyphenol phytonutrients, carotenoids including lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, physical activity and the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease if we are to find a preventive regimen that works. It is hoped that this symposium will spark greater interest in nutritional research on the prevention of dementia.


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Anthony J. Molina, PhD

Assistant Professor
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


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Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD

Principal Investigator
NIH Intramural Research Program
Bethesda, Maryland


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Gary W. Small, MD

Director and Professor
UCLA Longevity Center
Los Angeles, California


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Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Director-Center for Human Nutrition, Chief-Division of Clinical Nutrition
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, Ca, California

Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD is the Director of the Center for Human Nutrition, Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition and Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Chair in Human Nutrition at David Geffen School of Medicine at the UCLA. She is incoming President of National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialist, President of the World Association of Chinese Doctors in Clinical Nutrition, member of ASN Board of Directors.
Dr. Li is board certified in Internal Medicine and Physician Nutrition Specialist. She completed her MD and PhD in Physiology at Beijing University, China and has been a faculty member at UCLA. She is leading the Center for Human Nutrition to have vigorous research programs in nutrition, microbiome and metabolism; providing mentorship, didactic and informal training for young scientists, premed, medical students, medical residents, fellows and clinicians; directing clinical programs that specializes in metabolic diseases, bariatric medicine, gastrointestinal diseases and cancer prevention/treatment.
For nearly three decade Dr Li’s research interest has focused on translational research in the role of macronutrients, phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of obesity related chronic diseases. She has been Principal Investigator for over 50 investigator-initiated NIH and industry- sponsored clinical trials and published over 150 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Journal of American Dietetic Association. She co-author the book “Primary Care Nutrition: Writing the Nutrition Prescription” that provides the necessary knowledge and tools to incorporate nutrition into primary care practice


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