Russell Klein Symposium

The Graduate Society of Nutritional Sciences (GSNS) at The Ohio State University is proud to host the sixteenth annual Russell Klein Nutrition Research Symposium on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 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.

Registration closes April 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.


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Accepted Abstracts

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




Gail A. Cresci, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC
Cleveland Clinic




Dr. Gail Cresci is Faculty/Staff in the Departments of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Inflammation & Immunity, Lerner Research Institute. She is also the Director for Nutrition Research within the Center for Human Nutrition, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, she is the Nutrition Thread Director within the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Cresci completed her doctorate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia, Master of Science degree in Nutrition at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics at the University of Akron. Dr. Cresci’s research focus is on the gut microbiome with a particular focus on its metabolic byproducts in health and disease. Dr. Cresci has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and edited a textbook in critical care nutrition. She has received numerous awards for her clinical and research endeavors including the 2018 Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; 2018 Outstanding Research Dietitian Award from the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2014 Excellence in Practice Research Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2010 Distinguished Nutrition Support Dietitian Advanced Clinical Practice Award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; and the 2009 Excellence in Practice Clinical Nutrition.




Cynthia A. Thomson, PhD, RD, FAND, FTOS
University of Arizona




Dr. Thomson is a Professor in the College of Public Health and holds joint appointments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Thomson received her Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Program in Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona and completed NCI-sponsored post-doctoral training at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) with a focus on diet and cancer prevention. As a cancer prevention scientist and co-lead of the UACC Cancer Prevention and Control, her research emphases include lifestyle interventions in cancer survivors, as well as behavioral interventions for weight control and metabolic regulation. She serves as the Director of the Canyon Ranch Center of Prevention and Health Promotion at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, a center whose mission is to support a healthier Tucson community.




Peter J. Turnbaugh, PhD
University of California San Francisco




Dr. Turnbaugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the G.W. Hooper Research Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also an Investigator in the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. For the past 14 years, his research has focused on the metabolic activities performed by the trillions of microbes that colonize our adult bodies. Dr. Turnbaugh and his research group use metagenomics (culture-independent methods for microbial ecology) and gnotobiotics (germ-free and intentionally-colonized mice) to study the role of the gut microbiome in nutrition and pharmacology. He received a B.A. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology from Whitman College and a Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics and Genomics from Washington University in Saint Louis. From 2010-2014 he was a Bauer Fellow in the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University, where he established an independent research group prior to starting his faculty position at the University of California, San Francisco. Notable honors include the Kipnis Award in Biomedical Sciences, the Needleman Pharmacology Prize, the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, the Searle Scholars Award, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Disease Award.