Role of Nutrition in Human Health, Well-Being Focus of Symposium

February 25, 2008 - News Release

The University of Guelph will host the 2008 Campbell Lecture, a mini-symposium dedicated to promoting nutrition education, March 3. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Centre, Room 103, and is free and open to the public.

"The goal of the Campbell Lecture is to provide a forum to bring together students, faculty and the public to learn more about the role of food and nutrition in human health and well-being," said Prof. David Ma, Human Health and Nutritional Science, who is helping organize this year's event.

"Food and nutrition and their role in human health and disease is receiving growing awareness," he said. It has fostered collaborative research projects among departments and disciplines across campus, as well as with agencies like the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Advanced Foods and Materials Network.

The 2008 Campbell Lecture includes a special focus on careers in the food, nutrition, agriculture and health industry sectors. There will be a 10 a.m. panel discussion on how to get a job in the food and health industry, with topics ranging from industry expectations and challenges to the transition from research to work.

In addition, there will be talks by Laurie Drozdowski, the medical affairs manager for Mead Johnson Nutritionals, and Marco Di Buono, the director of research for the Hearth and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Drozdowski will discuss "Transitioning from Research to Industry: A Career in Disseminating Nutritional Information to Colleagues, Health Care Professionals and Consumers" at 11 a.m.

Di Buono's 2 p.m. talk is titled "From Labs to Boardrooms: How to Apply the Learnings of Graduate Training in the Life Sciences Outside of Academia." Both speakers will also participate in a 3 p.m. panel discussion.

Other highlights include a 9 a.m. "meet the speakers" breakfast (seating is limited, register by emailing and a free pizza lunch.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982,

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