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5 February 2018 Monday 12-1 pm Level 6 Seminar room CPC Professor Berit L. Heitmann is a Director for Research at the Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, Denmark
The IMPROVE Trial - Calcium-vitamin D supplementation and Periodontal Therapy for Improving Metabolic and Inflammatory Profile among Pregnant Women in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Part 1 (feasibility study)


12 February 2018 Monday 2-3 pm Level 6 Seminar room CPC Professor Duo Li is a Professor of Nutrition at Qingdao and Zhejiang Universities, China, and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia
Diabetes, an emerging public health challenge in China


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ACADEMIC RESEARCH SEMINARS

The IMPROVE Trial - Calcium-vitamin D supplementation and Periodontal Therapy for Improving Metabolic and Inflammatory Profile among Pregnant Women in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Part 1 (feasibility study)

Monday 5 February 2018 12:00–1:00 pm
FREE SEMINAR

Venue: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006 View map (PDF file)

Presenter: Professor Berit Heitmann from the Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, Denmark

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Summary of talk
There is an increasing focus on the importance of vitamin D for pregnancy outcomes. Vit D together with Ca have been demonstrated to be potent immune-modulators and might affect the immune system function, reducing resistance to infection. Pregnant women, due to hormonal changes, are prone to develop periodontitis. Combined supplementation with Ca and Vit D might be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, in which host-defence cells activated by bacterial release of inflammatory mediators result in the destruction of supporting periodontal tissues, including connective tissue and alveolar bone.

The IMPROVE feasibility trial aims to assess the effect size, ability to recruit, and acceptability of a randomised clinical trial (RCT) for evaluating effectiveness of a multi-component intervention for improving maternal metabolic and inflammatory status and oral health among low-income adult pregnant women with periodontitis in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil (BR).

About the speaker
Professor Berit L. Heitmann's main areas of expertise include diet and the determinants and consequences of obesity. She has more than 30 years of experience in these areas. Between 1996-98 she was president of the Danish Association for the Study of Obesity. From 2001 to 2015 Berit was a director for research at the Institute of Preventive Medicine and is currently a director for research at the Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, Denmark.


Diabetes, an emerging public health challenge in China

Monday February 12 2018 2:00–3:00 pm
FREE SEMINAR

Venue: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006 View map (PDF file)

Presenter: Professor Duo Li from Qingdao and Zhejiang Universities, China

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Summary of talk
Unlike the situation in the Western countries, in China over the past three decades the energy intake from fat has doubled and the consumption of daily edible oil nearly tripled. Correspondingly, the total daily energy consumed from carbohydrates has decreased by half. What causes the rapid growth of diabetes in China?

Professor Duo Li will present the recently published RCTs from his group and their potential application in diabetes prevention and management. He is also seeking opportunities to build up international collaboration with research teams in the University's Charles Perkins Centre.

About the presenter
Duo is the chief Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Nutrition & Health at Qingdao University, Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Food Science & Nutrition at Zhejiang University, China, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, Monash University, Australia.

As a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition and WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health, he has been involved in the development of the WHO Dietary Guidelines. He is a member of the China National Health Care Food Safety Committee of Experts, and a standing council member of the Chinese Nutrition Society.

Duo has published more than 510 scientific publications (340 peer reviewed journal publications), 15 books or book chapters and 24 inventive patents.

Duo has integrated research themes on nutrition in some four areas: 1. Dietary intake and non-communicable diseases. 2. Nutrigenetics/nutrigenomics. 3. Metabolism of lipids and fatty acids. 4. Bioactivity and safety evaluation of novel food and potential natural nutrient resources.

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