Speaker Interviews

Prof. Ian Darnton-Hill AO

1. What are you presenting /talking about at IVC 2018?

“Vitamins for optimising health through life: public health aspects of the prevention and control of vitamin deficiencies”

2. What knowledge would an attendee gain or what is something exciting that you are presenting on that would make a delegate not want to miss your session?

Being a somewhat specialised conference concentrating on vitamins, many of those at the conference will have their own specific areas of interest. The plenary above will look at a wider public health perspective addressing the prevention and control of vitamin deficiencies.

3. From your point of view regarding the latest research, technique or challenge, what does the audience need to know and what would they know already?

Most of the audience would need to know the specifics of at least one vitamin and its impact on health and how its prevention and management is addressed.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

Follow your heart and interests even if that leads into an unconventional career direction..

5. (For International Speakers) What is a bucket list experience you would like to tick off whilst in Australia? (i.e. climb the harbour bridge, pat a kangaroo, or try Vegemite).

(As an Australian largely living in New York) I would want to go to Uluru or Kakadu or, closer to Sydney, the Blue Mountains.

6. What is your most important travel essential when flying?

A flat bed (if over 12 hours); otherwise some good reading.

Dr. Steven H. Zeisel

1. What are you presenting /talking about at IVC 2018?

Choline, nutrigenetics and brain development

2. What knowledge would an attendee gain or what is something exciting that you are presenting on that would make a delegate not want to miss your session?

The dietary requirement for choline is modified by gender and genetics, and this essential nutrient regulates neurogenesis in developing brain.

3. From your point of view regarding the latest research, technique or challenge, what does the audience need to know and what would they know already?

The dietary requirement for choline is modified by gender and genetics, and this essential nutrient regulates neurogenesis in developing brain.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

Choosing a good scientific question, seeing what others have not seen before because of unique perspectives or new methods, and paying attention to explaining the unexpected in your experiments are the key determinants of success.

5. What is a bucket list experience you would like to tick off whilst in Australia? (i.e. climb the harbour bridge, pat a kangaroo, or try Vegemite).

See the interior of the country.

6. What is your most important travel essential when flying?

IPAD

Prof. Carol Bower

1. What are you presenting /talking about at IVC 2018?

Folate status in Aboriginal people before and after fortification of flour

2. What knowledge would an attendee gain or what is something exciting that you are presenting on that would make a delegate not want to miss your session?

They will learn about how fortification has helped to ‘close the gap’ on prevention of a serious birth defect in Aboriginal infants.

3. From your point of view regarding the latest research, technique or challenge, what does the audience need to know and what would they know already?

Important for the audience to learn that the aim of fortification has been achieved for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

Seize the day (and brush up on your maths)