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Nutrients Webinar | Nutritional Evidence in Asthma and Allergy Pathogenesis

9 Oct 2023, 05:00 PM (EDT)

Nutrition, Diet, Dietary Intervention, Asthma, Allergy, Allergen
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11th Nutrients Webinar

Nutritional Evidence in Asthma and Allergy Pathogenesis

Dear all,

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming webinar titled "Nutritional Evidence in Asthma and Allergy Pathogenesis." This event will explore the pivotal role of nutrition in the development and progression of asthma and allergies.

Our speakers are highly respected professionals in their fields. Dr. Lisa Wood, who has established an impressive career investigating the impact of dietary interventions on respiratory health, will present her research findings on how nutrition can influence asthma outcomes. Dr. Gennie Wang, known for her outstanding research portfolio investigating the impact of foods on respiratory health and asthma, with a focus on modifying the response to air pollution exposures. Lastly, Dr. Kozeta Miliku will share her groundbreaking research on the link between early life nutrition and the development of asthma and allergies.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity to engage with these experts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable insights into this significant area of public health.

Please follow the link to register for the event. We look forward to your participation.

Best Regards,

Dr. Emily Brigham and Dr. Benita Hosseini

Date: 09 October 2023

Time: 05:00 pm EDT | 11:00 pm CEST | 5:00 am CST Asia

Webinar ID: 854 8433 7322

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Event Chairs

Division of Respiratory Medicine | Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Emily Brigham is an Assistant Professor in the Respiratory Division at the University of British Columbia and is a Research Scientist at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, as well as a practicing Respirologist at Vancouver General Hospital. She is a member of the Legacy for Airway Health team, whose mission is to lead and accelerate the creation and translation of knowledge into the world-class prevention of, and care for, persons living with asthma and COPD. Her research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and Michael Smith-Health Research BC, focuses on (1) the impact of diet and other metabolic factors on respiratory health in airways disease; (2) how these factors may augment or mitigate the symptomatic and inflammatory response to air pollution and other pro-inflammatory exposures; and (3) ways to translate these findings into action to improve respiratory health, particularly within vulnerable populations.

Upstream Lab, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital, Unity Health Toronto, Canada,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Banafshe (Benita) Hosseini is a Research Scientist at the Upstream Lab, MAP/Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Unity Health Toronto, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Benita received her PhD in Nutrition Science from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Montreal, where she contributed to several projects addressing the impact of dietary intervention on respiratory illnesses in children and adults. Her research focuses on nutritional approaches to managing respiratory diseases; this includes exploring the association between food insecurity, malnutrition, and the severity of acute respiratory infections, and how dietary intervention can enhance immune responses to respiratory infections.

Invited Speakers

School of Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle, Australia

Professor Wood is Head of the School of Biomedical Science and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle. She is a Registered Nutritionist whose research focuses on nutritional approaches to managing inflammation. Prof. Wood and her team have published extensively (>190 peer-reviewed journal articles) and their research has contributed to the development of disease management guidelines, including those published by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), British Thoracic Society, and the National Asthma Council. Her research has been recognized by various awards, including the Nutrition Society of Australia Medal in 2022. Dr. Wood is a Past President of the Nutrition Society of Australia and Director of the Australian Nutrition Trust, and she currently serves on the Asthma Australia Research Advisory Committee.

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Ohio State University, USA

Dr. Wang is an assistant professor in the division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Ohio State University. She has clinical interests in the management of severe asthma and COPD. Her research focus is on understanding exposomic influences on chronic airways disease, particularly the intersection between the inhaled environment and dietary habits on airways health.

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Kozeta Miliku obtained her Medical Doctorate in 2013 at the Medical University of Tirana in Albania. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Epidemiology in May 2017 at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. Her PhD thesis entitled “Early life nutrition, growth and kidney function in children” studied the role of genetics, maternal health, and nutritional factors on fetal growth and childhood kidney function in children. Dr. Miliku’s postdoctoral research at the University of Manitoba (2017–2020) and McMaster (2020–2022) focused on understanding the role of nutrition and genetics in the developmental origins of chronic disease, including cardiometabolic health, asthma, and allergies, among Canadian children. At the University of Toronto, Dr. Miliku’s lab will continue to study the impact of nutrition through a life course perspective. The main two focuses will be preconception nutrition with a specific focus on the paternal diet, and nutrition during puberty and adolescence, a critical window of development.


This is a FREE webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.

Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll let you know when the recording is available to watch.



Presentation Title

Time in EDT

Dr. Emily Brigham
Dr. Benita Hosseini

Chair Introduction

5:00 - 5:10 pm

Prof. Lisa Wood
University of Newcastle

Making the link between obesity, diet and the lungs

5:10 - 5:40 pm

Dr. Gennie Wang
Ohio State University

Diet, the inhaled environment and asthma morbidity

5:40 – 6:10 pm

Dr. Kozeta Miliku
University of Toronto

Early life nutrition and asthma development

6:10 - 6:40 pm

Q&A Session

6:40 - 6:55 pm

Dr. Emily Brigham
Dr. Benita Hosseini

Closing of Webinar

6:55 – 7:00 pm

Relevant Special Issue

Nutritional Evidence in Asthma and Allergy Pathogenesis
Guest Editors: Dr. Emily Brigham and Dr. Banafshe Benita Hosseini
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023

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