Symposium focus

  • the interaction between genes and nutrition affects brain development and health
  • incorporating precision nutrition into research on brain development
  • advancing the field of brain development and function with precision nutrition


  • a keynote speaker in each of three areas as they relate to nutrition: brain development, genetics, and gut-brain axis
  • speakers who are leaders in their fields of the effects of nutrition on brain development, genetics, and the gut-brain axis
  • networking lunch to bring together leaders and trainees for organic discussions
  • panel of funding agency experts who will answer questions from the attendees

Who will attend

Scientists and medical professionals from academia, government, and industry will attend to help them understand response to interventions.

How to Register

  1. Submit your poster abstract here.
  2. Register for the Symposium here. You do not have to submit a poster in order to register.
  3. Poster submission deadline is February 29, 2020.
  4. NOTE: Registration will be capped at 100. Register early to insure your place!


  1. General Registration: $300
  2. Government representatives: $100 (this is cost of food only)
  3. Postdocs and Students: $100


Keynote: Kjersti M Aagaard, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
Maternal Nutrition and Infant Gut Microbiome Function

Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Genes, Nutrition, and Brain Development

Keynote: Michael K. Georgieff, MD, University of Minnesota
Nutrition & Brain Development

Tamar Gur, PhD, Ohio State University
Intrauterine Microbiome & Brain Development

Rodney W. Johnson, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Neuroinflammation, Lipid Metabolites, and Brain Development

Sandra Mooney, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gut-Brain Axis 

Teresa Reyes, PhD, University of Cincinnati
Methyl Donors, High Fat Prenatal Diet, and Brain Development

Keynote: Rima Rozen, PhD, McGill University
MTHFR and Prenatal Brain Development 

Susan Smith, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nutrition & Brain Development

Lisa Tarantino, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nutrition, Genes, and Behavior

Edwin Van Wijngaarden, PhD, University of Rochester
Moderation of the Effects of Environmental Toxicants on Brain Development
by Prenatal Nutrition and Genes

Learn more about all the speakers.

For additional symposium information:

Contact Susie Smith, Programs & Operations Specialist, at (704) 250-5000 or or visit our FAQ page.

Keynote Speaker

Kjersti M. Aagaard, MD, PhD 
Professor and Vice Chair of Research
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine


Keynote Speaker

Michael K. Georgieff, MD 
Professor of Pediatrics
Executive Vice-chair of Pediatrics
Head of Division of Neonatology
Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development

University of Minnesota


Keynote Speaker

Rima Rozen, PhD 
Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics
Faculty of Medicine

McGill University


Symposium Sponsors