Upcoming Events

July 22-25, 2023, Boston, MA
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2023

NUTRITION 2023 is the premier meeting for the nutrition community, exploring developments in clinical and translational nutrition, food science and systems, diet and disease, basic science, global health, and more. Nutrition scientists are invited to share their research and join together with clinicians, policy experts, industry, and the media to network and learn for 3.5 exciting days in Boston.


Past Events

November 16, 2022 (8:00 AM to 7:30 PM)
Personalized Nutrition Innovation Day

This hybrid event was hosted by the Personalized Nutrition Initiative at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. All presentations were held in the Monsanto Multimedia Studio, lower level (#008) of the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center.


  • Welcome
  • Session 1: Current State of Personalized Nutrition – Academic, Therapeutic, and Public-Private Partnerships with keynote speaker, José Ordovas.
  • Session 2: Personalized Nutrition Initiative Seed Grant Funded Research (3 of 4 presentations included in the recording as Prof. Madak-Erdogan’s presentation contained unpublished data)
  • Session 3: Innovation in Personalized Nutrition Technologies for Monitoring and Data Collection
  • Session 4: Industry Needs and Barriers to Innovation

See the Agenda for list of presenters and the November Newsletter for photos from the event.

November 16, 2021, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM CT – Virtual
Personalized Nutrition Initiative at Illinois
2021 Symposium: Inter-Individual Differences in Nutrition Responses

June 28-29, 2021
Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit
Closing remarks by Professor Sharon Donovan

June 24, 2021
Today’s Dietitian Webinar
Personalized Nutrition – Where Emerging Science Meets Consumers’ Health Needs
Sponsored by the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, General Mills
Current and Emerging Science and Technologies within Personalized Nutrition – Professor Sharon Donovan

June 22-24, 2021
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Origins and Benefits of Biologically Active Components in Human Milk Conference
Meet-the-Expert Session: “Human Milk Research – A Combined Effort to Improve Maternal Infant Health” – with Professor Sharon Donovan

June 15-16, 2021
International Milk Genomics Conference 

Bovine Lactoferrin Stimulates Neonatal Gastrointestinal and Immune Development in Piglets – Professor Sharon Donovan

June 15-17, 2021
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences 2021 Annual Meeting 
Personalized Nutrition — the Research and Academic Perspective– Professor Sharon Donovan

June 7-11, 2021
Nutrition 2021
Personalized Nutrition – Where Emerging Science Meets Consumers’ Health Needs (Sponsored Satellite Program)
Current and Emerging Science and Technologies within Personalized Nutrition – Professor Sharon Donovan

Personalized Nutrition Seminar Series- Spring 2021

The Personalized Nutrition Initiative has organized the Division of Nutritional Science’ “Frontiers in Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series” on the topic of Personalized Nutrition –Challenges and Opportunities. Seminars will be via Zoom at 4-5 PM on Wednesdays. The seminar series will feature external experts as well as research being conducted by our faculty and students across campus. Spring 2021 seminar schedule.

Recordings are now available to watch the earlier Spring 2021 seminars (click on the seminar title to access each individual seminar):

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD
Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health
Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: Personalized Nutrition –Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
José Ordovás PhD
Professor of Nutrition and Genetics, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Lead Scientist & Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Boston, MA
Seminar Title: Precision Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Traits

Monday, February 15, 2021
Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Director, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis, NC, Founder of SNP Therapeutics
Seminar Title: Precision Nutrition: Lessons from Studies on the Nutrient Choline

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada
Seminar Title:The Portfolio Diet for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: From Evidence to Guidelines to Practice

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Joshua C Anthony PhD, MBA
Founder and CEO, Nlumn, LLC, Princeton, NJ
Seminar Title:Dr. Hindsight’s Guide to Commercializing Personal Nutrition: Lessons Learned from Launching and Selling Habit
*This seminar was co-sponsored by the Institute for Genomic Biology Fox Family Lecture Series in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Luis Perez, BS
Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Ken Wilund, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: Dietary Interventions and Strategies to Reduce Sodium Consumption and Volume Overload in Hemodialysis Patients

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Holly Nicastro, PhD, MPH

Program Director, Precision Nutrition Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
Seminar Title:Precision Nutrition in the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research

Monday March 22, 2021
Eunice Santos, PhD
Professor and Dean, School of Information Sciences (iSchool), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: Socio-Cultural Modeling in Health Sciences

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Brian Cunningham, PhD
Intel Alumni Endowed Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Bioengineering
Director, Center for Genomic Diagnostics, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: Biosensor Diagnostics: Transitioning from Personalized Medicine to Personalized Nutrition

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Krista Varady, PhD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois, Chicago
Seminar Title: Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Saurabh Sinha, PhD
Founder Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar, Department of Computer Science,
Cancer Center of Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: Data Analytics and Personalized Nutrition: Opportunities at Illinois

September 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Recording of the IGB Science Chat: Personalized Nutrition Initiative at Illinois

  • Sharon Donovan, PhD, Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
  • Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Diet and Health, University of Illinois
  • Hannah Holscher, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, University of Illinois
  • Naiman Khan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois