Dr. Bloomer is a professor and director of the School of Health Studies at the University of Memphis. Dr. Bloomer has authored close to 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in addition to a number of articles for various on-line and print media targeted at non-scientific audiences. His work has appeared across a wide range of outlets, including Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Nutrition, Bodybuilding.com, British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research among many others. Dr. Bloomer received his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
What are some of the emerging trends in nutrition research?
Various approaches to meal timing and frequency (fasting)/ specialized approaches to nutrient timing
Some of the common misconceptions regarding general health and fitness
Supplements for athletes
"Quality" of nutrition
Strategies for getting healthy for low-income families
Considerations for building a fitness plan
Strategies for training as we age
Bite-sized takeaways for action
Available resources for listeners
Dr. van der Merwe is an assistant professor in the department of health and sport sciences at the University of Memphis. She received her PhD in molecular pharmacology from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Her research focus is in nutrition, metabolism and the immune system. Some of her recent work has centered on identifying how regulatory immune populations also play a role in the induction of inflammation driven by a nutrient imbalance.
Explaining the concept/processes of inflammation/how it affects our body
Tracing the history of inflammation
The latest in inflammation research
Breaking down the gut microbiome
Common causes of inflammation
Ways to reduce inflammation through diet
Gut microbiome (con't.)
Different diet-based protocols
Solutions to improve health
Adele is an MPH/RD and current PhD candidate at North Carolina State University. Adele’s work is focused on the discursive construction of food, particularly as it relates to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Be sure to follow her critical nutrition blog EATHROPOLOGY at https://eathropology.com/
Education: Masters of Public Health/Registered Dietitian - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Foray into critical orientation of work
Problems with current conceptualizations of the dietary guidelines
Possible solutions to the problem?
Background on ARSTM conference presentation @ NCA 2016
Concept behind hegemonic nutrition
Bite-sized takeaways for action
Dr. Dutta is Provost's Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) at NUS, and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. Dr. Dutta's research examines marginalization in contemporary healthcare, health care inequalities, the intersections of poverty and health experiences at the margins, political economy of global health policies, the mobilization of cultural tropes for the justification of neo-colonial health development projects, the meanings of health in the realms of marginalized experiences in highly underserved communities in the global South, and the ways in which participatory culture-centered processes and strategies are organized in marginalized contexts to bring about changes in neo-colonial structures of global oppression and exploitation. Dr. Dutta has published over 170 journal articles and book chapters, and was recently noted as the most published scholar in the academic journal Health Communication.
Communicating Health: inspirations behind the book
Culture-centered approaches (CCA) to nutrition
Constructs of “Critical Reflexivity” in health research
Challenges with instituting collective change in individualistic societies
3 axioms of “culture-centered” approach to health interventions
Similar work being done in communication research
Ways to help: solutions for outside academia
Current projects in the works
Methodological approaches to CCA research
Challenges to entry: gaining access to subject populations
Dr. Kasper is an assistant professor of anthropology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Her research focuses on the ecological and cultural legacy of food and medicinal practices in eastern United States and southeastern Europe. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Kasper is involved in a number of food-oriented non-profits in the Memphis area, including GrowMemphis, Overton Park Community Farmers Market and BringIt! Food Hub.
Emergence of interest in food-related studies
The implications of industrialized foodways
The connection between human nutrition and disease
Individual vs. community level changes
The legitimacy of "ancestral health" movements
The importance of diversity in dietary intake
Inequality of food: deconstructing the evolution of our food system
Projecting the future: strategies for collaboration and social change
Grounded in the ethnographic tradition, Dr. Dillon's work explores the intersection of culture, structure, marginalization and health communication. His research looks at how large-scale social, political, and economic configurations influence meanings and actions related to health, particularly in the realm of racial/ethnic health disparities. Some of his recent projects have explored the role of social discrimination and government health policy in perpetuating disparate access to quality end-of-life medical care, the construction of morality and personal responsibility in primary care medical interviews, and community-based strategies for addressing racial/ethnic disparities in new HIV/AIDS infections. His work appears in journals such as Health Communication, Communication and Medicine, Journal of Family Communication, and Southern Communication Journal.
How health is traditionally practiced and communicated in Western contexts
How culture is characterized in Western medicine
Alternative approaches to dominant frameworks on health
The subalternity of culture in health contexts
Understanding the "local" contexts of culture
Current theories/paradigms in health communication studying multicultural populations
Calls to action: how people can help?
What the future holds for cultural contexts in health
Dr. Goldsmith is an associate professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Memphis. Her research interests look at the intersection between communication and illness, specifically in the context of palliative care and hospice. She has written a number of books and articles in clinical as well as communication journals that address health communication training, oncology nurse training, oncology nurse training, palliative care communication, spiritual communication as well as family caregiver communication. Dr. Goldsmith is a regular speaker at national conferences, sharing COMFORT, a communication-driven training curriculum, with multidisciplinary health clinicians. She is co-founder and faculty for the Palliative Care Communication Institute, an organization that advances palliative care by fostering clinical communication practices for healthcare professionals, including nurses, physicians, social workers, and chaplains.
Education: PhD, University of Oklahoma; MS, Southern Illinois University; BA, Bethel College
A working definition of "health literacy"
The main challenges associated with understanding health literacy
Lack of awareness among mainstream audiences
Types of interventions are being utilized
The importance of cultural competency/humility
Associated theories and methodologies of health literacy research
Health literacy as an interdisciplinary field
A breakdown of the COMFORT curriculum
Approaches to improve health literacy/resources
Jared is a holistic medicine and reflexology expert based in Malibu, CA. He is interested in how our bodies respond to food and basic lifestyle behaviors/actions. Jared's particular focus is on pain and digestive issues.
His approach to wellness is centered on the alignment with nature in our training and the connection that we have with food and our environment. Jared's has over 15 years of experience in his field, and has worked with some of the best movement teachers and alternative medicine practitioners in the world.
Education/Certification: BS in kinesiology from CSUN; Personal Trainer Certification from NESTA; certification in sports nutrition from ISSA; 200 hour yoga certification from yoga alliance.
The connection between digestion and mineral deficiency
Understanding gut health
The importance of clean drinking water
Understanding the vagus nerve
The benefits of sun exposure
The politics of food: the politicization of the food pyramid
The recent explosion of the "movement" trend in fitness
Making adjustments in training as we age
Lifestyle tips to improve health and longevity
The benefits of cold water exposure
The Wim Hof method
The vagus nerve article: http://healthycures.org/6-ways-to-instantly-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-to-relieve-inflammation-depression-migraines-and-more
Wim Hof interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=389c31dD9xg
Dr. Harmon is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Memphis School of Public Health. She holds a BS in human nutrition, MS in exercise science, PhD in health promotion, education, and behavior, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.
Emerging trends in nutrition research
The current state of nutrition
Is there such thing as an ideal "universal" diet?
Inconsistencies in food production research
Breaking the myths of alternative food networks
Understanding protein intake
The relationship between diet and exercise
Mindsets around non-nutrient dense foods
Navigating food choices
Resources for help
Dr. Dillon is a professor in the communication studies department at the University of Memphis. Grounded in the ethnographic tradition, his work explores the intersection of culture, structure, marginalization and health communication. His specific focus looks at how large-scale social, political, and economic configurations influence meanings and actions related to health, particularly in the realm of racial/ethnic health disparities.
What are health disparities?
How disparities manifest themselves
Importance of awareness
The most effective methods for intervention
Culture-centered approach (CCA) to reducing health disparities
Projecting CCA in a larger framework
A call to action: how can we contribute individually?
The future for health disparities