** To do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our staff, supporters and community safe, MDI Biological Laboratory has moved all public events, courses and conferences to a virtual format. Our top priority is the safety of our employees, supporters and community. We will be hosting this Science Café online.**
The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, May 24, 2021 will be “A Novel Role of Wild Blueberry Extracts on Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration” presented by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, MS, PhD, FACN.
Dr. Klimis-Zacas’ work explores the role, signaling pathways and gene expression of berry bioactive compounds and berry-enriched diets on endothelial function, inflammation, and lipid metabolism, focusing on the relation to Cardiovascular Disease and the Metabolic Syndrome in pre-clinical and clinical studies. Applied research investigations included utilizing nutritional interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in adolescents, both in the United States and in the Mediterranean region. Most recently, Dr. Klimis-Zacas has been studying the molecular mechanisms and genomic effects of polyphenols on endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis as it relates to diabetes mellitus, ischemic disorders and wound healing.
Dr. Klimis-Zacas is professor of Clinical Nutrition and cooperating professor of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Maine. She is cooperating professor at the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Harokopio University, Greece and at DeFENs-Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy.
A Fulbright Senior Fellow, Fulbright Senior Specialist and Cariplo Fellow, Dr. Klimis-Zacas is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications, editor of books, series volumes and one patent. She on the editorial board for the J. Nutritional Biochemistry, editor and guest editor for Antioxidants, Nutrients (MDPI) and others.
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