Prof. Julie A Lovegrove

Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and Institute for
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
University of Reading

” Nature or Nurture? – the Role of Nutrient-Gene- Environment Interactions in Cardiovascular Disease Risk “

Julie Lovegrove is a Professor of Human Nutrition and is the Head of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University of Reading. Professor Lovegrove’s research focus is the nutritional influences on cardiovascular disease risk, including nutrient-gene interactions. Of particular interest are the effects of dietary fats and phytochemicals on vascular health, insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism in different population groups. She also sits on a number of external committees including the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN) and is Deputy Chair for the Council for the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

Dr. Radha Venkatesan

Executive Scientific Officer & Head
Dept. of Molecular Genetics
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation

” Genetic epidemiology of type 2 diabetes in South Asia “

Dr. Radha Venkatesan, Executive Scientific Officer and Head of the Molecular Genetics department, working in diabetes research for more than 15 years. Her major scientific field of interest is Human Molecular Genetics. She has more than 15 years experience of teaching and guiding Ph.D students. She is a recognized guide in Madras University for PhD programme. She has carried out many projects as a Principal Investigator, in the field of molecular and functional genomics of diabetes supported by various funding agencies including the ICMR, DBT and DST. She has to her credit many book chapters and research publications on genetics of diabetes in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Radha has undergone extensive training in various molecular biology techniques including the next generation sequencing technologies. 


Dr. Chamindri Witharana

Faculty of Medicine
University of Colombo
Sri Lanka

” Molecular and Genetic Factors Affecting Nutrition “

Prof. Nishan Sudheera Kalupahana

Professor in Human Nutrition and Head
Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Adjunct Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

Nishan Sudheera Kalupahana is a Professor in Human Nutrition and Head of the Department of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Peradeniya. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Nutritional Sciences Department at Texas Tech University, USA. His research focuses on identifying mechanisms responsible for obesity-associated metabolic derangements including nutrient-gene interactions with a focus on omega-3 fatty acids.

He is the current vice-president of the Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Modulation of adipose tissue gene expression by omega-3 fatty acids.”