Russell Klein Symposium

In an effort to keep our communities safe and following university coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols, the 17th Russell Klein Symposium is POSTPONED. Our goal is to hold the symposium during the fall semester. Please keep a lookout for updates on the symposium. We hope to have a date for the fall soon!

The Graduate Society of Nutritional Sciences (GSNS) at The Ohio State University is proud to host the 17th annual Russell Klein Nutrition Research Symposium on TBD from 8:00AM – 5:00PM at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210).

This event is organized by The Graduate Society of Nutritional Sciences (GSNS) in honor of a respected Human Nutrition faculty member who succumbed to cancer several years ago.

The goal of the symposium is to highlight graduate student nutrition research and promote interaction between students and nationally known nutrition experts. Graduate students from the departments of Human Nutrition, Animal Sciences, Food Science and Technology, and the College of Medicine organize the symposium and present their research. Students and faculty from departments across campus, as well as nutrition professionals in the greater Ohio-Indiana area, are invited to attend the event, view posters and participate in several lectures addressing current nutrition problems and research. There is no cost to participants.


If you have questions about this year’s event, please email

Preliminary Agenda
Campus Map
Parking Map

Accepted Abstracts

Behavioral | Case Studies | Clinical/Translational | Molecular/Basic




Michael Pollak, MD
Talk Title: Macronutrients and Cancer
Dr. Pollak is a professor and Alexander-Goldfarb Research Chair in Medical Oncology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has a degree in Biology and Computer Science and received his medical training at McGill University. Dr. Pollak is the editor-in-chief of the American Association of Cancer Research journal “Cancer Prevention Research” and a co-editor for “Cancer and Metabolism”. He has received numerous awards for his work in cancer and cancer prevention. He is listed as an author for over 470 publications and 32 book chapters. His work focuses on peptide mitogens and their role in malignancy through cell proliferation and metabolism.


Marilyn Cornelis, Ph.D
Talk Title: Advancing Nutrition Research Through Systems and Personalized Approaches
Dr. Cornelis is a professor and research at Northwestern University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the effects of diet and nutrition on chronic disease. She uses numerous methods to evaluate the effects, including omic technology. Her particular interest is in genetics associated with coffee consumption.


Fred Tabung, Ph.D, MSPH
Talk Title: Diet, Inflammation, and Cancer
Dr. Tabung is an assistant professor at Ohio State University in Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention and Internal Medicine. He received his doctoral degree from the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina – Arnold, where he also received a master’s degree in Public Health. He has received grants from the National Cancer Institute to study dietary patterns related to colorectal cancer risk. He has several publications in journals such as American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and International Journal of Cancer and Gastroenterology. His research focuses on dietary patterns that may linked to cancer outcomes.



GSNS relies on the support of sponsors and generous donations to present this outstanding student-led nutrition conference. Please consider supporting GSNS and the annual Russell Klein Nutrition Research Symposium by clicking HERE. Donation Instructions:

  1. Select the gift amount and frequency.
  2. Click on the search tab that is next to the “I want to support” tab.
  3. Insert the fund number 312342 in the “search for an area to support” box.
  4. Click on the Russ Klein Memorial Fund.
  5. Click on “Add gift to your giving list”.
  6. Complete information on payment and address.