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New Faculty Lectures Online

Two lectures from FSHN faculty members Hao Feng and Juan Andrade, as presented at the February 2015 “Food Systems for Food Security Symposium” symposium on the University of Illinois campus, are now available:

“Food Dehydration Reduction of Postharvest Losses” by Dr. Hao Feng. Lecture slides are here.

“Innovations to Achieve Nutrition Security in Low-income Countries” by Dr. Juan Andrade. Lecture slides are here.

 

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Food Dehydration Reduction of Postharvest Losses – Prof. Hao Feng, February 10, 2015

“Food DehydrationReduction of Postharvest Losses,” Hao Feng, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (fshn.illinois.edu), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Lecture slides:
http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu…

Event: Food Systems for Food Security Symposium
February 10, 2015, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, Urbana, Illinois
http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu…
http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu/content/food-systems-food-security-symposium

Sponsor: International Food Security at Illinois
College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Innovations to Achieve Nutrition Security in Low-income Countries, Prof. Juan Andrade, Feb. 10, 2015

“Innovations to Achieve Nutrition Security in Low-income Countries,” Juan Andrade, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (fshn.illinois.edu), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Lecture slides: 
http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu…

Event: Food Systems for Food Security Symposium
February 10, 2015, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, Urbana, Illinois
http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu
http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu/content/food-systems-food-security-symposium

Sponsor: International Food Security at Illinois
College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Juan Andrade

Dr. Juan Andrade

Dr. Andrade’s long term goal is to develop sustainable strategies that can be used to deliver adequate nutrition, especially micronutrients, to residents of developing countries and thereby help to promote human health and economic development.His research interests are focused on food fortification, point-of-care technologies for assessment of micronutrient deficiencies, quality of food aid products, and service, experiential learning education programs. Dr. Andrade’s current research efforts have focused on the problem of micronutrient malnutrition, assessment of prevalent deficiencies and delivery of fortified foods. Current evidence supports the use of low-cost, simple technologies as a sustainable approach to improve health in rural areas. In one research area, his team is applying photonic crystal technology to build low-cost, diagnostic devices for the assessment of micronutrient deficiencies in populations living in low-income areas. Technologies are robust enough to test for iron deficiency anemia by health care assistants with little training. Furthermore, he is researching stealth nutrition as a strategy to provide micronutrients to at risk populations living in rural areas. Technologies are low-cost, use local foods and rely on the participation of school teachers and parents. Some products under investigation are rice, tortillas and milk as carrier foods. Furthermore, Dr. Andrade is using these international projects as an innovative educational platform to train college students in food science and human nutrition. Along with colleagues at Illinois, he has designed and implemented an intensive study abroad program at Zamorano University, which provides juniors and seniors in the College of ACES with hands-on, research, service and experiential learning activities in Honduras.


Assistant Professor; jandrade@illinois.edu; more detail here.


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Margarita De L Teran-Garcia

Dr. Margarita De L Teran-Garcia

Human nutrition; gene- nutrient interactions of humans; the role of genetic and environmental influences on the development of obesity.Obesity and its related diseases are now a worldwide health and socio-economical burden. Although it is likely that the growing epidemic of obesity is primarily related to unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, heritability studies indicate that genetic factors account for 30 to 70% of the predisposition to excessive weight gain. Despite the progress in identifying some monogenic causes of obesity, the progress in defining the genetic basis of common obesity has been proven to be a complex task.  Obesity increases the risk of developing diseases such as insulin resistance and diabetes, altered lipoprotein metabolism, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. These obesity-related diseases have also a genetic component.The goal of my research is to expand on the knowledge of gene-environment interactions. Our individual genetic profile interacts with the environment to allow a gene or groups of genes in different metabolic pathways to adapt to changes in diet or exercise and many other environmental factors, to maintain a healthy status. As we understand more about gene-environment interactions, individualized recommendations for preventing obesity and obesity-related diseases will become more accessible and reliable. My research group investigates nutrient-gene, exercise-gene and other gene-environment interactions in children and adults from diverse populations.We will use high-throughput systems to genotype markers and real-time RT-PCR for gene expression analysis. These data will be integrated with anthropometric measurements, life-style factors and blood metabolic profiles to investigate genetic associations. We intend to use these techniques to identify genes that might be associated with obesity and related diseases. Our goal is to find early diagnosis markers that will help in the development of effective and individualized interventions directed at preventing childhood and adult obesity, and the morbidity due to obesity-related diseases.


Assistant Professor; teranmd@illinois.edu; more detail here.


 

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