Nutrition: Potential of Whey for All Consumers

 Friday, 20 November 2020 


15.30 - 15.35 (CET)

Welcome address by the Chair 
Veronique Lagrange, Director of Strategic Development (ADPI), USA 

Véronique Lagrange is Director of Strategic Business Development for the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) USA, where she serves on and manages the ADPI Center of Excellence, is the staff liaison to the marketing task force for the member managed “The Strong Inside TM” protein messaging campaign, and works collaboratively on key events and initiatives by the Institute since joining the organization in 2018. She is on the scientific committee of the International Whey Conference. 

Prior to her current role with ADPI, she was Sr. VP of Business Development, Strategies and Insights for the US Dairy Export Council (2010-2018). In prior positions with the Council she directed international marketing programs in Latin America, SE Asia, China and North Asia. She developed and led the US industry’s “Dairy for Global Nutrition” initiative designed to position dairy nutrition as a key driver of economic growth in emerging economies.

Lagrange is the author of many publications, technical manuals, reference guides and strategic studies on the topic of dairy ingredients, their applications in human nutrition products, their functionality and innovation in manufacturing. She has presented at multiple domestic and international conferences and symposia.

She has a BS and MS in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a nutrition degree from Ecole de Medecine, Paris, France, and has completed the course requirements for the doctorate in Engineering Management at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She has also completed courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA and Yale University.


15.35 - 15.50 (CET)

The Whey of Life: Mother Nature’s Most Potent Protein!
Dr Robert Wildman, Chief Science Officer, Dymatize Nutrition, Post Holdings Active Nutrition Brands (USA)

Dr. Wildman is a registered and licensed dietitian with the American Dietetics Association and has a PhD from Ohio State University in Human Nutrition. He received his MS from Florida State University in Foods and Nutrition and a BS from the University of Pittsburgh in Dietetics and Nutrition. 

Educated in some of the nation’s leading nutrition programs, Dr. Wildman has authored several nutrition books including The Nutritionist: Food, Nutrition and Optimal Health, Sport & Fitness Nutrition and The Handbook of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods which are used by health professionals and students around the world. Being a foremost authority on nutrition, Dr. Wildman has been interviewed on various TV news and talk programs across the country, and for newspapers such as NY Daily News and LA Times.

He has authored articles and been quoted in numerous magazines including Status Fitness, Men’s Health, Woman’s Day, Honey and FIT.Style and numerous Men’s Health books published by Rodale Press. He is also a featured Nutrition Expert on, a leading on-line health and wellness resource and is a regular writer for magazines. Dr. Wildman has presented national Sport Nutrition seminars to personal trainers and nutritionists and has been a panel member for the Columbus Marathon.

Dr Wildman is the Principal at Demeter Consultants LLC, a private nutrition industry consulting firm, as well as the head of Research & Development at Genesis Today, Inc., the nation's fastest-growing brand of superfruit juices and supplements.


15.50 - 16.05 (CET)

Ingredients in whey aimed at boosting probiotic establishment in the gut
Dr Rita Hickey, Research Officer (Teagasc), Ireland

Dr. Rita Hickey is a senior research officer in the Food Biosciences Dept. at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. Rita was awarded a First class honours degree in Science from UCD and successfully completed her PhD research in Teagasc in 2003.

She was subsequently employed as a Research Officer by the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC). Rita then worked for Abbott Diagnostics as a Process Specialist in Sligo before returning to Moorepark for her current role. Her main research interests focus on investigating the biological properties of sugars isolated from food sources. Rita was the lead PI on the FHI Infant Nutrition workpackage for Food for Health Ireland and was a funded PI on the SFI-funded Alimentary Glycobiology Research Cluster (AGRC).

She is a faculty member of the APC and a major area of interest is the effect of food ingredients on host-microbial interactions in the gut. For instance, milk components can alter intestinal glycosylation, which in turn contributes to early immune development and maturation of the newborn intestinal tract. In the Hickey lab, strategies to increase the colonization of infant-associated Bifidobacteria have been extensively investigated in recent years with promising results.


16.05 - 16.20 (CET)

The role of lactose in sports nutrition and exercise
Dr Gareth Wallis, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition at School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences (University of Birmingham), United Kingdom

Dr. Wallis is an Associate Professor in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He is an Exercise Scientist with major research interests in Nutrition and Metabolism.

His main goal is to better understand how nutrition can be manipulated to enhance metabolic or adaptive responses to exercise, with a particular focus on macronutrients and their roles in performance, training adaptation and health.


16.20 - 16.35 (CET)

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Medical Nutrition Perspectives 
Satya Jonnalagadda, PhD, MBA, RDN, Director of Global Nutrition Science, Innovation and Education (Abbott Nutrition), USA 

Satya S. Jonnalagadda, PhD, MBA, RDN, is the Director of Global Nutrition Science, Innovation and Education at Abbott Nutrition. She has more than 20 years of experience in nutrition, has held various roles in global research and development for Novartis Nutrition Corporation, General Mills, Kerry Ingredients, was an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Georgia State University and a Clinical Dietitian and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Satya has more than 50 peer reviewed publications in key scientific journals, has contributed to several book chapters and has presented at scientific and professional conferences. She has conducted pre-clinical, epidemiological and human intervention nutrition research studies to examine impact of different dietary components on key health and nutrition biomarkers and outcomes.

Satya is an active member of several scientific organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Nutrition, and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

16.35 - 16.55 (CET)


16.55 - 17.00 (CET)

Conclusion & closing remarks by the Chair

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