Organizing Committee Members

Dalia El Khoury

University of Guelph, Canada

Dalia El Khoury is an assistant professor of Applied Human Nutrition in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. I have received a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (2002) and an MSc in Nutrition (2005) at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Afterward, I completed my PhD in Physiology and Physiopathology at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, France (2008). I served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut (2009-2010), and as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Toronto (2010-2014). I have also worked in the private sector, joining Mead Johnson Nutrition as Senior Scientist in Global Regulatory and Nutrition Science for approximately two years (2014-2016). I am a Licensed Dietitian in Lebanon and has recently obtained the status of Registered Dietitian in Canada. I have twenty-seven articles published in refereed journals in addition to a number of published editorials, chapters in books and proceedings of conferences. My research interests have primarily focused on the role of functional ingredients/foods in the regulation of appetite, food intake, glycemia and metabolism in healthy individuals and individuals with nutrition-related disorders including overweight/obesity, hyperinsulinemia and the metabolic syndrome. Another major research interest is sports nutrition. At the University of Guelph, I am working on two lines of research: 1) exploring novel biomarkers for the metabolic syndrome, and their modulation by functional foods and/or physical activity, both in pediatric and adult populations; and 2) investigating the prevalence and psychosocial determinants of dietary supplement use among university athlete and non-athlete students, gym exercisers and other populations at risk, and designing nutrition education programs to improve knowledge, attitude and awareness on dietary supplements in these populations.

Raffaele Pilla

Fatebenefratelli – St. John of God Hospital, Italy

Raffaele Pilla, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Doctor Europaeus, received his Master’s degree in Pharmacy at G. d’Annunzio University in Chieti-Pescara, Italy in 2005, where he also served internships at the Cell Physiology Laboratory and Molecular Biology Laboratory. Prior to his degree, he was an Erasmus Student at Faculté de Pharmacie de Reims in Reims, France. He received his Doctor Europaeus in 2010 from Pitié-Salpétrière Institute in Paris, France. Also in 2010, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Physiology, and Pathology of Muscle at G. d’Annunzio University in Chieti-Pescara, Italy. He was hired as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, on two research grants respectively funded by the Office of Naval Research (US Navy) and Divers’ Alert Network. He has written and lectured widely on his experiences. He has been involved in ongoing research at the University of South Florida with the use of ketone esters. The initial work, funded by the Office of Naval Research, focused on using ketone esters to prevent CNS oxygen toxicity. He is working to coordinate efforts in the United States and Italy to expand the ketone ester research to other conditions such as epilepsy and cancer and its use as an alternative metabolic fuel. He has also served extensively in various international medical missions, orphan and homeless programs, emergency medicine rescue and training, and animal rescue and fostering. He is fluent in Italian, English, French, and Spanish. He has a special interest in journalism and photography, and he enjoys sailing, SCUBA diving, ultralight airplane piloting, soccer, volleyball, jogging, and motorcycles.

Gerard E Mullin

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Gerard E Mullin, MD, is a Board-Certified Internist, Gastroenterologist and Nutritionist. The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he chairs the hospitals Nutrition Advisory Committee. He is an internist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his work in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition. He has accumulated over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of integrative gastroenterology and earned his master’s degree in nutrition while in practice. In 2009 he was named by the American Dietetic Association’s as an honorary member. He has authored/edited several books in nutrition. He has been interviewed on radio and television and has contributed too many stories in print and electronic media.

Alessandro Attanzio

Fatebenefratelli – St. John of God Hospital, Italy

Alessandro Attanzio is researcher at Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies department in University of Palermo, Italy.

Roberto Cannataro

University of Calabria Rende, Italy

Roberto Cannataro holds master's degrees in chemical engineering and human nutrition sciences and a bachelor degree in food science and technology. He works as a nutritionist in various cities of Italy, in various fields from sport to various pathological states. He is a consultant for the development and characterization of nutraceuticals and food supplements. He directs a master's degree in nutrition in sport and exercise. He is the author and co-author of various publications, books and book chapters. He is CSO of the Galascreen spinoff that deals with genomics, transcriptomics and miRNA evaluation.

Gian Carlo Tenor

University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Gian Carlo Tenore graduated in 1999 in Medicinal Chemistry at the Department of Pharmacy, University "Federico II" of Naples. He received in 2003 the PhD degree in “Pharmacologically Active Natural Substances” at the Department of Pharmacy. He has been Research Assistant in Organic Chemistry, from 2003 to 2009, at the Department of Pharmacy. In 2009, he is designated as PhD Researcher and Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry at the Department of Pharmacy. In 2016, he is designated as Associate Professor of Food Chemistry and Scientific Responsible of the NutraPharmaLabsTM laboratories at the Department of Pharmacy. His research activity deals with Food Chemistry and Nutraceutical Sciences. The results from his studies have been the object of 80 scientific publications on international journals with impact factor.