Keynote Address

Gary Wu 

ASPEN is pleased to welcome Gary D. Wu, MD to give the Keynote Address for Clinical Nutrition Week 2017. Dr. Wu is the Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he is the Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Gastroenterology and is also the Associate Director of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease. Dr. Wu is currently the Director and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Gastroenterological Association Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education and is an elected member of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. The research programs in the Wu laboratory focus on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host with a particular focus on metabolism. Growing evidence suggests that diet impacts both the structure and function of the gut microbiota that, in turn influence the host in fundamental ways. Current areas of investigation include the effect of diet on the composition of the gut microbiota and its subsequent effect on host metabolism related to nitrogen balance as well as its impact on metabolic pathways in the intestinal epithelium, principally fatty acid oxidation. Through a UH3 roadmap initiate grant, he is helping to direct a project investigating the impact of diet on the composition of the gut microbiome and its relationship to therapeutic responses associated with the treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease using an elemental diet. Finally, Dr. Wu is leading a multidisciplinary group of investigators using phosphorescent nanoprobe technology to examine the dynamic oxygen equilibrium between the host and the gut microbiota at the intestinal mucosal interface.

During his Keynote Address, Dr Wu will take attendees on a journey of the history of the microbiome through the present and into the future. During the presentation an emphasis will be placed on nutrition and diet, obesity, diabetes, bile acids, and fecal microbiota transplant. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the hottest topics in the field!

1. Identify and distinguish between different types of economic evaluation
2. Describe how comparative effectiveness information is incorporated into evaluations
3. Evaluate the adequacy of methods used in specific studies to inform choice about nutrition support

Gary D. Wu, MD, Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

LEARNING LEVEL: Intermediate
UAN: 0216-0000-17-009-L04-P
CE CREDIT: 1 hour