Proteins in Human Health and PerformanceLucene image - May 16-17, 2013

1414 Molecular Biology Building
Iowa State University
Ames, IA

The Iowa State University Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences and the Iowa State University Nutritional Sciences Council are organizing the conference in honor of Iowa State University Professor Steven L. Nissen, D.V.M., Ph.D.  Dr. Nissen and his collaborator  Dr. Naji N. Abumrad, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University, discovered beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) and its beneficial effects on human health and performance.  HMB is currently marketed nationally by Abbott Laboratories as Revigor™, which is a component of Ensure® Muscle Health, and Juven®, which is a nutritional beverage that is clinically shown to promote healing after injury or surgery.

The conference is timely given the growing interest in sarcopenia (age-associated loss of muscle mass and function), which is increasingly prevalent due to the aging of the U.S. population, and satiation by proteins, which is increasingly important given the global obesity epidemic.  A recent Mintel market survey indicates that 87% of U.S. consumers consider satiety to be an important food attribute when choosing products.  Sarcopenia is estimated to affect 30% of U.S. ages 60 years and older.  The comprehensive, integrative overview of the roles of amino acids and proteins in human health and performance is unique to this conference.

The conference is open to the public, including registered dietitians, personal trainers and other health professionals.

Proteins in Human Health and Performance Symposium Program 2013  Updated 5/13/2013


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Hotel Information


  • Abbott Laboratories
  • APC, Inc.
  • The Campbell Soup Company
  • Iowa State University Department of Animal Science
  • Iowa State University Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Iowa State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology
  • Iowa Beef Industry Council
  • Metabolic Technologies, Inc.
  • Midwest Dairy Council

Contact: Jane Linn, 2356 Kildee Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA  50011-3150 (Email:; Phone 515 294-1427)