On June 10th, 2021, the new online symposium will be organized, as sponsored satellite program of Nutrition Live Online 2021, on the topic of “Balancing planetary and human health: the crucial role of biodiversity“.
Let’s introduce you to Sharon Donovan and Emeran Mayer who will co-chair this insightfull session.
Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD
Sharon Donovan is a professor and director of Personalized Nutrition Initiative at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on pediatric nutrition, with an emphasis on compares the biological effects of human milk and bioactive components on infant gut, brain, immune and microbiome development.
She has published over 225 peer-reviewed publications, review articles and conference proceedings. She received numerous award and recognitions, including being elected to the National Academy of Medicine in the U.S. in 2017. She served as a member of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. Dr. Donovan co-chairs the Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative (YINI), alongside Olivier Goulet.
Emeran A. Mayer, MD
Emeran A. Mayer is a Gastroenterologist, Neuroscientist and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Executive Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA. He has been one of the pioneers and leading researchers in the role of brain gut interactions in health and chronic disease, in particular in IBS.
He has published more than 385 scientific papers, co edited 3 books, and published the best selling The Mind Gut Connection book in 2016 and the Gut Immune Connection book in June 2021. He is the recipient of the 2016 David McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society and the 2017 Ismar Boas Medal from the German Society of Gastroenterology and Metabolic Disease. His most recent work has focused on alterations in the bidirectional communications within the brain gut microbiome system and their role in chronic inflammatory and functional diseases of the gut, obesity, and cognitive decline.