EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY 31 MAY
Prof. Jingyuan Fu
University Medical Centre Groningen
Dr. Jingyuan Fu is an associate professor of Bioinformatics in the University Medical Centre Groningen, the Netherlands. She studied Biochemistry (BSc) in China and then developed her scientific career in the fields of systems genetics and integrative genomics. In the Netherlands she gained an MSc in bioinformatics (with distinction) from Wageningen University in 2003 and a PhD cum laude from University of Groningen in 2007. In 2008, Fu joined the University Medical Centre Groningen as a post-doctoral researcher; she was appointed an associate professor in 2015. She has been awarded various funds for her research, including a VENI grant in 2009 and a VIDI in 2014 from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO).
Fu’s research involves multi-dimensional “omics” integrative analysis towards a better understanding of the development of complex diseases, including their genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. In recent years, her research has expanded to performing population-based gut microbiome analyses. These aim to unravel the host-microbe interactions in the human immune and metabolism systems and the microbiome’s role in the development of metabolic disorders.
The first award established was the Alexander Leaf Distinguished Scientist Award for Lifetime Achievement. It is awarded every two years to an individual who in the opinion of the judges, has made a significant and sustained contribution to the science of lipids and health. Further details of this award can be seen by clicking here.
Prof. Philip Calder
University of Southampton
Philip Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology within the Human Development and Health Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton in the UK. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a DPhil in Biochemistry from University of Oxford (UK). He is a Registered Nutritionist and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Biology and the Association for Nutrition. He spent four years as a Nuffield Medical Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford (1987-1991) followed by four years as a Lecturer in Biochemistry in that same department (1991-1995). In 1995 he took Lectureship at University of Southampton where he was subsequently appointed to a Readership in Human Nutrition in 1998 and then to a Personal Chair in Nutritional Immunology in 2002. For over 25 years he has conducted research on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids in immunity, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. He has received several awards for his work including the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal (1995), the Belgian Danone Institute Chair (2004), the Nutricia International Award (2007), the ESPEN Cuthbertson Lecture (2008), the Muriel Bell Award (2009), the Louisiana State University Chancellor’s Award in Neuroscience and Medicine (2011), the Normann Medal from the German Society for Fat Science (2012), the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society (2015), the British Association for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition Pennington Lecture (2015), the British Nutrition Foundation Prize (2015) and the Danone International Prize for Nutrition (2016). He has served on many committees of professional societies, including the ISSFAL Board, and was President of ISSFAL 2009-2012. In 2016 he completed a three-year term as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and started a three-year term as President of the Nutrition Society. Professor Calder was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition from 2006 to 2013 and he is currently an Associate Editor of Clinical Science, Journal of Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Lipids, Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism and Nutrition Research. He is a member of the several other Editorial Boards of journals in the nutrition, clinical science and lipidology fields and is Co-Editor of the Lipid metabolism and therapy section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. Professor Calder has over 600 research publications (excluding abstracts), including over 260 peer-reviewed research papers and over 150 review articles in journals. His work has been cited over 22,000 times and he is listed by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher. He was Chair of the 2004 ISSFAL Congress held in Brighton.