2023 PN Innovation Day

Hosted by the Personalized Nutrition Initiative at Illinois
October 3-4, 2023, Urbana, IL


Our annual event was held on October 3-4, 2023 on the campus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. This included an Innovation Day with oral and poster presentations, an External Partners Program meeting, an External Advisory Committee meeting, and opportunities for tours of campus facilities and meetings with researchers.






  • Welcome
  • Session 1: Data and Technology Opportunities in Personalized Nutrition
  • Session 2: Accelerating Personalized Nutrition Through Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 of 5 presentations are included in the recording as Prof. Teran-Garcia’s presentation contained unpublished data)
  • Session 3 – Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Gathering and Leveraging Personalized Nutrition Data

See the Event Booklet and Agenda for information about the presenters and the October 2023 Newsletter for photos from the event.


Tuesday, October 3, 2023
8:00 – 10:30 AM
External Advisory Committee Meeting (members only)
Including Breakfast
The Morgan-Caterpillar Room (130), ACES LIAC
8:00 – 10:00 AM Pre-scheduled Tours and meetings with researchers
10:00 AM – Noon Lunch and Poster Reception
Atrium, IGB Research Building (#4 on map)
Noon – 1:00 PM
Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture
Gil Blander, PhD, Founder and CSO, InsideTracker
Longitudinal Longevity Data Analysis – Insights and Lessons from a Decade of Insidetrack-ing
IGB 612/614 (Additional seating in IGB 607)
1:00 – 1:30 PM Break (Walk to ACES Library)
1:30 – 5:30 PM


1:30 – 1:40 PM

Personalized Nutrition Innovation Day
Monsanto Room (008), ACES LIACWelcome
Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD, Director of the Personalized Nutrition Initiative, and Professor, Food Science & Human Nutrition, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Illinois)
1:45 – 2:45 PM
Session 1: Data and Technology Opportunities in Personalized Nutrition
Moderator: Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD
Bruce Y. Lee, MD MBA, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York School of Public Health
Keynote: “How AI, Data Science, and Systems Approaches Can Help Achieve More Personalized Nutrition
Sunnie Southern, MS, RD, LDN, Go-to-Market Product Management Lead
Verily, an Alphabet precision health tech company
Keynote: “Leveraging Personalized Nutrition as a Catalyst for Precision Health
2:45 – 3:10 PM Break and Refreshments
The Heritage Room (107), ACES LIAC
3:10 – 4:25 PM
Session 2: Accelerating Personalized Nutrition Through Social and Behavioral Sciences
Moderator: Eva Pomerantz, PhD, Director, Center for Social and Behavioral Science, and Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois
Machiel Reinders, PhD, Senior Researcher, Consumer Behavior and Marketing, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen Economic Research
“Challenges and Opportunities for Behavioral Data in Personalized Nutrition”
Joshua Anthony, PhD, Founder/CEO, Nlumn
“We Talked to More Than 3000 People About Personalized Nutrition and Health and They Said…”
Mariette Abrahams, PhD, MBA, Founder/CEO, Qina
“Balancing Priorities – Why We Need to Blend in Social and Behavioural Data to Unlock True Consumer Behaviour
Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, Assistant Dean & Research Assistant Professor, Extension, Illinois
MEXIMEDI Diet: A Personalized and Cultural Adaptation to Improve Health Outcomes in Mexican Adults
John W. Erdman, Jr. PhD, Professor Emeritus, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Illinois, Chair of the Standing Committee for the Review of the Dietary Reference Intakes Framework
Revising the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI’s) – Update
4:30 – 5:20 PM
Session 3 – Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Gathering and Leveraging Personalized Nutrition Data
Moderator: Cathy Blake, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Information Sciences, IllinoisPanelists:
Mariette Abrahams
Joshua Anthony
Bruce Y. Lee
Machiel Reinders
Sunnie Southern
5:20 – 5:30 PM Wrap-up
Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD
5:30 – 7:30 PM Reception with Hors d’oeuvres
The Heritage Room (107), ACES LIAC


Wednesday, October 4, 2023
8:00 – 11:00 AM
External Partners Meeting (members only)
Including Breakfast, IGB 612/614
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch
IGB 612/614
12:30 – 3:00 PM Pre-scheduled Tours and meetings with researchers