Division of Nutrition

12th Annual
Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

Nutrition and Global Health

July 7 - 8, 2010

New research is emerging on the parallel occurrence of malnutrition in developing countries. While under-nutrition continues to persist, the rapidly increasing rate of over-nutrition is initiating a cycle of complex health complications. Beginning in the early lifecycle, the impact of under-nutrition can lead to susceptibility of infection and predisposition to obesity, contributing to an escalation of diet-related chronic diseases. Scientists and researchers are working to better understand the challenges and opportunities generated by global nutrition and how recommendations for health can be improved. On July 7-8, 2010, a panel of world-renowned physicians and researchers presented new research on the emerging field of global health, including discussions on under- and over-nutrition, infection, and chronic diseases.

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W. Allan Walker, MD
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics;
Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School;
Director, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory;
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

Historical Overview:
Global Health

Nevin Scrimshaw, MD, PhD,
Honorary Chairman
Institute Emeritus Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Richard Guerrant, MD

Malnutrition as an Enteric Infectious Disease with Long-term Consequences for Child Development?

Richard Guerrant, MD
Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine Infectious Diseases and International Health;
Director, Center for Global Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Malnutrition and the Human Genome

William A. Petri Jr., MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology;
Associate Director of Microbiology;
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Host-Microbiome Metabolic Interactions in Health and Disease

Jeremy Nicholson, BSc, PhD, FBTS, FRSC, F.I.Biol., FRC Path.
Professor of Biological Chemistry;
Head of The Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine,
Imperial College, London, UK

Nutrition and Double Burden of Diseases in Elderly of Less Developed Countries

Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD
Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging;
Professor of Nutrition and Immunology,
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Sackler Graduate School, Tufts University

Roundtable Discussion


Gerald Keusch, MD

Keynote Address

Gerald Keusch, MD
Associate Dean, Global Health;
Professor, International Health (DIH), Boston University School of Public Health

Globalization, Nutrition and Health

Julio Frenk, MD, PhD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health;
T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development,
Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School;
Former Secretary of Health, Mexico

Micronutrients and Infection

Robert Black, MD
Chairman, Edgar Berman Professor in International Health,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Nutrition and HIV Infection

Christopher Duggan, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School;
Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Malnutrition and It’s Impact on Intellectual and Psychological Health

Janina R. Galler, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Roundtable Discussion


Frank Hu, MD, PhD

Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics in Asia

Frank Hu, MD, PhD
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health;
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Global Dietary Patterns and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Sonia Anand, MD, PhD, FRCPc
Professor of Medicine, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario;
Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research, McMaster University

Nutrition and Global Burden of Chronic Diseases

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Double Burden of Undernutrition and Overnutrition in Developing Countries

Benjamin Caballero, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of International Health,
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Role of the Global Food Industry in Improving Nutrition and Health

Niels Christiansen, PhD
Vice-President, Public Affairs, Nestlé, S.A.;
Co-chairman, International Food and Beverage Alliance

Roundtable Discussion

This program was made possible through unrestricted educational grants from:
Abbott Nutrition
McNeil Nutritionals LLC
Nestlé S.A.
The Peanut Institute
The Conrad Taff Teaching Fund
Presented by
The Division of Nutrition and Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center

in conjunction with
The Department of Nutrition