Science in Session 2021 at a glance


 Sex Differences Across the Life Course: A Focus on Unique Nutritional and Health Considerations Among Women, in the Journal of Nutrition.

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7:30 – 8:30 am


Monarch Bay Courtyard

All sessions in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, unless otherwise noted

8:30 – 8:40 am


Andrea Wong, PhD 
Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition

Opening remarks

Susan Mitmesser, PhD
Vice President, Science & Technology, Pharmavite
Chair, Senior Scientific Advisory Council (SSAC), Council for Responsible Nutrition

8:40 – 9:30 am

Keynote: Unique micronutrient needs of women across the lifespan

Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Dr. Low Dog’s Apothecary

9:30 – 10:10 am                       

Nutritional considerations for active women

Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS*D, FACSM, FNSCA, FISSN
Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

10:10 – 10:30 am 

Morning Coffee Break Sponsored by Biofortis

Monarch Bay Courtyard

10:30 – 11:10 am                     

Energy metabolism and weight management: Tailoring strategies and approaches for women

Sai Krupa Das, PhD
Scientist I and Associate Professor
Jean-Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University


11:10 – 11:50 am              

Optimizing women’s sleep health

Fiona Baker, PhD
Senior Program Director, Center for Health Sciences, SRI International

11:50 am – 1:20 pm


Monarch Bay Courtyard

1:20 – 2:00 pm

Diversity in nutrient intakes among pregnant and lactating women

Regan Bailey, PhD, MPH, RD
Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

2:00 – 2:40 pm

Role of nutrition in improving estrogen balance and reducing chronic disease risk in post-menopausal women

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2:40 – 3:00 pm Break
Monarch Bay Courtyard

3:00 – 3:40 pm

Influence of dietary behavior on women’s eye and brain health

Billy R. Hammond, PhD
Professor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia

3:40 – 4:20 pm

Sex differences in clinical trials: The rise of precision nutrition

Howard D. Sesso, ScD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

4:20 – 4:30 pm

Closing remarks

Alex Eapen, PhD 
Director, R&D Scientific & Regulatory Affairs - North America, Cargill
Vice-Chair, Senior Scientific Advisory Council (SSAC), Council for Responsible Nutrition

7:00 – 9:00 pm    

Reception Sponsored by Herbalife

Monarch Bay Courtyard

The future is bright! Join your industry colleagues as we light up the night and get creative with a giant Lite Brite. Make the evening pop as you connect with other attendees over drinks and small bites. Bright colored attire—including neon—is encouraged