Featured Speakers : Session 1.5 - Innovation in Health and Nutrition
ADM - Technical Sales Director
Topic: Trends in Health and Nutrition.
Simon has 25+ years’ business experience with global multinationals in the health and wellness business, including 10 years in the USA and Switzerland. More specifically, he has experience within the food & beverage, supplements, and pharmaceuticals industries covering commercial, technical, and biomedical aspects. Simon recently joined ADM via the acquisition of Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes.
Innovation in pre, pro and postbiotics are key to support holistic wellbeing in the microbiome space. Boosted by the growing interest in biotics and the increased awareness of microbiome health as a key driver for consumers, ADM is leading efforts in developing novel science-backed ingredients and formulations that resonate with current and future consumer trends. Within the ADM pantry, postbiotics stand out as the next-generation biotic solution in terms of biological functionality and stability. Being unaffected by traditional manufacturing hurdles such as heat and moisture, the potential for postbiotics in functional foods and beverage is virtually limitless.
Dr Nikolaj Travica
Deakin University - Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Topic: Nutrition for Cognition and Mental Health
Dr Nikolaj Travica is an Executive Dean’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Food and Mood Centre. His research is focusing on establishing the link between nutrition and post-operative neurological disorders.
Dr Nikolaj Travica has a Bachelor in Psychology and Psychophysiology and an Honours degree in Science, majoring in Psychology. Nikolaj Completed his PhD at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University, which examined the relationship between vitamin C and cognitive function in healthy adults and post-operative patients. Nikolaj is an Executive Dean’s post-doctoral research fellow at the Food and Mood Centre, where his current research program covers a broad range of projects involving the use nutraceuticals for mental health and cognition. Specifically, Nikolaj is continuing to explore the link between nutrition and cognitive function, particularly during the post-operative phase.Presentation Overview:
There is an urgent need to develop efficacious and safe interventions directed at preventing or slowing down the onset of brain related dysfunctions such as cognitive impairment and mental health disorders. Nutritional Psychiatry is an emerging field of nutrition, dietetic and psychological sciences that explores the changes that nutritional interventions can make to one's mental health. Similarly, the effects of nutritional interventions on cognitive function is an area of growing interest. The purpose of this presentation is to help increase knowledge of the most recent advances in this field by providing the most up to date, high quality research that explores the relationship between individual nutrients, food sources and diets with cognitive function and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Dr Tim Crowe
Topic: The Gut Microbiome: Is this the Future of Nutrition and Health?
About:Dr Tim Crowe is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who has spent most of his career in the world of university nutrition teaching and research. He now works chiefly as a freelance health and medical writer, scientific consultant and science communicator.
The gut microbiome is the hottest of hot topics in the field of nutrition and health. In this presentation, Tim will look at the current state of research in this area for health and disease areas linked to the gut microbiome, how diet influences this, the role or prebiotics and probiotics, and what are the practical dietary recommendations for a healthy gut.
Dr Matthew Snelson
Monash University, Research Fellow
Topic: Resistant starch attenuates the health effects of a thermally processed diet
Dr Matthew Snelson is an advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Research Fellow in the Department of Diabetes, Monash University. He investigates the role of diet in altering disease states via modulation of the gut microbiota and his current research focuses on the role of dietary resistant starch in the progression of diabetic nephropathy. He is the current chair of the Australasian Human Microbiome Research Network.