Speakers

  • Anurag Pande, PhD
  • Anurag Pande, PhD

  • Vice President, Scientific Affairs
  • Sabinsa Corporation
  • Dr. Pande has been with Sabinsa’s sister company, Sami Labs, since 2004 in a research capacity, and spent several years at Sabinsa Japan’s Tokyo office as Senior Technical Manager. Today, Dr. Pande works from Sabinsa’s Corporate HQ based in East Windsor, NJ, USA.
    Dr. Pande holds a Ph.D. in Phytochemistry from RML Awadh University. He has both a Masters Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Lucknow University. He is the author of several trade and peer reviewed publications.

    By applying his chemistry knowledge to the ingredients Sabinsa promotes, he brings a refreshing viewpoint of understanding how these ingredients work. In his current capacity, Dr. Pande helps with technical marketing, delivers talks on various health benefits, provides worldwide regulatory support of Sabinsa’s portfolio of ingredients, as well as closely working with customers to help them develop new products and formulations in a time bound manner.
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  • Sabinsa Corporation

  • Barbara A. Davis, PhD RD
  • Barbara A. Davis, PhD RD

  • Vice President of Medical & Scientific Affairs
  • PLT Health Solutions
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  • Barbara A. Davis, PhD, RD is Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs with PLT Health Solutions. Prior to joining PLT, she was Vice President, Science & Technology for HealthFocus® International, a consumer insights research company. Dr. Davis has also served as Director, Innovation, Nutrition & Claims at The Dannon Company, Inc., Principal Research Scientist at Wyeth Nutrition and was on the faculty of the Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise Department at Virginia Tech, where she developed and directed the grant-funded Molecular Nutrition Laboratory.

    She has expertise in incorporating nutrition into business strategy, designing clinical trials in support of claims, developing scientific substantiation dossiers for health claims in the US and EU and translating science into competitive product positioning opportunities internationally. Barbara received a PhD in Nutrition with an emphasis on nutrient-gene interactions from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.
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  • PLT Health Solutions

  • Brenda Fonseca
  • Brenda Fonseca

  • Global Manager of Scientific Affairs & Technical Services for the Cognition Platform
  • Kemin Human Nutrition and Health
  • Brenda Fonseca is the Global Manager of Scientific Affairs & Technical Services for the Cognition Platform at Kemin Human Nutrition and Health. She has conducted neuroscience research in Tier One research facilities across the United States and has over a decade experience as a college faculty member in psychological science.
    Brenda has her degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, has authored multiple publications including two books and has presented research at numerous conferences including the American Academy of Neurology. She has been invited to speak at conferences around the world and is a strong advocate for consumer education on healthy brain aging.

  • Kemin Human Nutrition and Health

  • Dr. Chris D. Meletis
  • Dr. Chris D. Meletis

  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr Meletis.com
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  • Dr. Chris D. Meletis is a physician and educator whose life mission is to “Change the World’s Health One Person at a Time.” He has sought to fullfill his life’s journey through becoming an educator of physicians, pharmacist, allied health care providers and the general public, while seeing patients himself. He believes that natural medicine in the new millennium must “blend the best of nature and science” and that individuals need to be provided safe and reliable knowledge to gain and sustain optimal wellness.

    Dr. Meletis served as the Chief Medical Officer and Dean of Naturopathic Medicine for the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) for seven years and subsequently served as the NCNM’s Senior Science Officer. In his many roles, he represented the NCNM in the areas of scientific publication, media relations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and state mandated pain management program participation, and public lectures. Through the NCNM he also serves as an Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) National Institute of Health grant ambassador. Dr. Meletis has served as the Chairman of International Association of Naturopathy—Japan.

    Dr. Meletis is an internationally recognized expert in his field. He is the author of 18 books, in addition, he is author of more than 200 nationally published health and wellness articles. Dr. Meletis is frequently called upon to lecture on various topics including metabolic syndrome, women’s health, cardiovascular health and herb/drug interactions.

    Recently, Dr. Meletis has expanded his outreach to become the Executive Director and Officer of Academic Affairs for the Institute of Healthy Aging (IHA). Dr. Meletis’ extensive experience as a Dean and Chief Medical Officer for the NCNM, the oldest four-year post baccalaureate school of naturopathic medicine, makes him uniquely qualified to guide the IHA in its mission of empowering and educating individuals on the scientifically and clinically relevant steps essential to the healthy aging process.

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  • Dr. Richard Bazinet
  • Dr. Richard Bazinet

  • Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
  • University of Toronto
  • Dr. Bazinet received his BSc from the University of Western Ontario and completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Cunnane at the University of Toronto in 2003.
    Dr. Bazinet then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Stanley Rapoport’s Brain Physiology and Metabolism Section at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.
    Dr. Bazinet joined the University of Toronto in 2006, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism.

    Dr. Bazinet is the recipient of several awards, including the Early Career Award from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids; the Jordi-Folch-Pi Memorial Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry; the Future Leaders Award from the International Life Sciences Institute and the Young Scientist Award for the American Oil Chemists’ Society.
    Dr. Bazinet sits on several editorial boards and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids as well as a Senior Associate Editor of Lipids.
    The overall goal of Dr. Bazinet’s research program is to identify the mechanisms that regulate brain lipid metabolism (signaling) and to identify the role of brain lipid metabolism in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders.
    Dr. Bazinet has published over 80 papers, largely in the field of brain fatty acid metabolism and is co-author of the joint WHO/FAO joint expert consultation on dietary fats and the central nervous system during aging and disease.
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  • University of Toronto

  • Hank Schultz
  • Hank Schultz

  • Senior Correspondant
  • NutraIngredients-USA
  • LinkedIn Hank Schultz
  • Hank Schultz is the Senior Correspondent for NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA. He has experience in the dietary supplements and food business and also in the daily newspaper industry, where he was an editor with the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado.

  • NutraIngredients-USA

  • Harry Rice, PhD
  • Harry Rice, PhD

  • Vice-President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs
  • GOED
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  • Harry B. Rice, PhD is the vice-president of regulatory and scientific affairs for the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) and the past vice-president of regulatory and scientific affairs for the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA). He has worked in the ingredient, dietary supplement, functional food and consumer packaged goods industries for over ten years. Among his responsibilities for GOED include: monitoring and reporting on regulatory issues, developing written comments and oral testimony to domestic and international government bodies to advance industry positions on critical health issues, and providing scientific analysis on the growing body of scientific literature.

  • GOED

  • Matthew Kuchan, PhD
  • Matthew Kuchan, PhD

  • Senior Principal Research Scientist, Discovery Research
  • Abbott Nutrition
  • LinkedIn Matthew Kuchan, PhD
  • Matt is a senior discovery scientist and the global lead for Abbott’s partnership with the Center for Nutrition Learning and Memory (CNLM) at the University of Illinois. He drives scientific discovery and research on the impact of nutrition on cognition and memory. He manages a global team of cognition scientists and professors who are studying various nutrients, nutritional compounds and their benefits. The goal is to discover new uses and develop nutritional therapies that address targeted health needs in children and adults.

    Matt’s true passion lies in his research focused on exploring the role of lutein and Vitamin E in brain development in babies and in cognitive decline in the elderly.
    Matt joined Abbott in 1993 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in research and development in both the pediatric and adult nutrition areas. He assumed the Global Cognition Platform Lead and Science Lead, CNLM roles in 2011.
    Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Saint Louis University, an MS in Human Physiology from Illinois State University and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Science from the University of Illinois followed by a Post Doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.
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  • Abbott Nutrition

  • Paul Forsythe, MS, PhD
  • Paul Forsythe, MS, PhD

  • Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator
  • McMaster Brain-Body Institute
  • Dr Paul Forsythe is Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the McMaster Brain-Body Institute, St Joseph’s Healthcare and Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, McMaster University, Canada. He has a strong interest in neural regulation of immunity, which he pursued during his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast and Post-Doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. His current research explores the neuro-immuno-endocrine super-system in the context of the holobiont, with a particular focus on identifying mechanisms underlying the influence of gut microbes, and their products, on the development and progression of diverse pathophysiological responses such as allergy, inflammation and mood disorders.

  • McMaster Brain-Body Institute

  • Philip James Bromley
  • Philip James Bromley

  • CEO and Co-founder
  • Virun Nutrabiosciences
  • LinkedIn Philip James Bromley
  • Mr. Bromley is CEO and co-founder of VIRUN Nutrabiosciences and an expert on delivery of functional ingredients used in foods, beverages, and drugs. As an inventor he is named on at least 40 international and US patents/applications in these areas.

  • Virun Nutrabiosciences

  • Scott Minton MS, PhD
  • Scott Minton MS, PhD

  • Scientific Advisor
  • Nordic Naturals
  • LinkedIn Scott Minton MS, PhD
  • Dr. Minton has over a decade of experience as a biology professor, and has worked as a clinical and laboratory researcher, and in recent years, as a nutrition consultant. Dr. Minton earned both a master’s degree and PhD in Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan, and was a tenured Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences at Vanguard University. Dr. Minton has completed two years of medical training at Ross University School of Medicine, and holds a certification in Health and Fitness by the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Nordic Naturals

  • Seth Flowerman
  • Seth Flowerman

  • Executive Vice President
  • PLT Health Solutions
  • LinkedIn Seth Flowerman
  • Seth Flowerman is the Executive Vice President of PLT Health Solutions, having joined the company in 2010. In his current role, he leads PLT’s corporate leadership team, oversees corporate strategic initiatives and manages strategic alliances. Mr. Flowerman holds an MBA in Strategic Operations and a B.Sc. in Applied Economics & Management from Cornell University. Immediately prior to joining PLT Health Solutions, Mr. Flowerman was the President & Founder of Career Explorations, LLC – a staffing firm he founded in 2003. That company was acquired by Dream Careers, Inc. in 2010. Mr. Flowerman has been featured in Forbes, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Finance and was named as one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs in 2008.

  • PLT Health Solutions

  • Stephen Daniells, PhD
  • Stephen Daniells, PhD

  • Senior Editor
  • NutraIngredients-USA
  • LinkedIn Stephen Daniells, PhD
  • Stephen Daniells is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of William Reed’s flagship North American publications, NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA. He has a PhD in chemistry from the Queen’s University of Belfast and held post-doctoral research positions at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) and the University of Montpellier (France). He has been writing about nutrition science and food science for ten years. After seven years in William Reed’s French offices, Stephen now lives in Chicago.

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