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“Japanese Paradox: Longevity and Soybean.” presented by Ogawa Tadashi, Ph.D.
Tuesday, May 1 6:30–9:30 p.m.--Reception and Dinner (held jointly with the Biotechnology Division; don’t forget to purchase your dinner tickets when you register for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo).
The Health and Nutrition and Biotechnology Divisions have teamed up to welcome our dinner speaker, Ogawa Tadashi, Ph.D., who will present, “Japanese Paradox: Longevity and Soybean.”
Dr. Ogawa has more than 30 years of research and education experience. As a professor and food scientist, he studied amino acids, peptides, and proteins at Tokushima University, School of Medicine and Kyoto University.
During his successful career, he contributed significantly to the fields of soybean allergy and allergen research. He identified major allergens from soybeans and developed a new variety of soybean that is hypo-allergenic called “YUMEMINORI,” meaning “dreams come true.”
He has published numerous scientific articles, conference papers and has co-authored several books, such as “Soy in Health and Disease Prevention” and “Nutraceutical Proteins and Peptides in Health and Disease.”
As an Emeritus Professor, he is currently the head of the venture business, Research Institute for the Development of Hypoallergenic Foods. He is an honorary member of Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science.
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Albert’s dissertation work involves using rodent models to study the effects of polar lipids in influencing intestinal barrier integrity, systemic inflammation, and lipid metabolism in obesity. Obesity is an increasing problem across the globe, and there appear to be dynamic interactions among dietary fat, gut health, and metabolic inflammation. Since the development of obesity is a long term process, it is important to monitor the dynamic changes at multiple time points in an attempt to disentangle the mechanisms driving this development.
In mice, Albert’s studies have been revealing important changes in gut permeability and interesting interactions between dietary lipids and gut permeability during development of obesity. His results show that milk polar lipids may have beneficial effects on lipid metabolism and gut permeability in context of obesity. Albert also received the Best Poster Award at the 2011 AOCS Annual Meeting in Cincinnati.
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