Angelo Tremblay is currently professor at the Department of Kinesiology at Laval University, Quebec City, from where he obtained his undergraduate (BSc in Education) and postgraduate degrees (MSc in Nutrition and PhD in Physiology) between 1974 and 1982. Dr. Tremblay’s department has an international reputation in obesity research and his own particular interests are focused primarily on the environmental determinants of obesity in humans. He has published over 600 scientific papers. He is holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environment and Energy Balance. During the YINI symposium he will focus on yogurt consumption as part of a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Richard Atkinson graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and the Medical College of Virginia. He was on the faculty of the University of Virginia; University of California, Davis; Eastern Virginia Medical School; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences. Currently he is Affiliate Clinical Professor of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked in obesity research and treatment for over 40 years, is interested in obesity policy, and has advocated for young investigator programs nationally and internationally. His research includes causes and treatments of obesity, particularly obesity drugs, obesity surgery, and virus-induced obesity. His laboratory demonstrated that human adenovirus-36 produces obesity in animals and is associated with obesity in humans. Dr. Atkinson has over 200 publications and over 200 abstracts in the medical literature. At FENS 2015 he will report on the results of his comprehensive literature search, identifying key-findings on yogurt and weight management.
Jordi Salas-Salvadó holds the current position of professor of Human Nutrition and Bromatology of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain. He is specialized in human clinical trials evaluating the effect of diets and dietary compounds on obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Since 2005, he is one of the leaders of PREDIMED STUDY, considerate the best clinical trial evaluating the effect of the Mediterranean Diet on cardiovascular diseases. Since 1983 Dr. Salas has directed 18 research projects financed by public bodies and 23 projects in conjunction with the pharmaceutical or food industries. He has published more than 290 original articles in national and international journals, as well as numerous reviews and editorials. Editor of 6 books, he has also co-authored more than 50 books. He will end the presentations at FENS with his latest research on yogurt and diabetes prevention.