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Mediterranean Diet Talk | NOV 19



Mediterranean Diet Talk | NOV 19

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The Mediterranean Diet: Hearty Eating for Healthy Skin- presented by Lucia Piccotti

Dr. Piccotti is a scientist with more than 20 years of experience in biomedical research and human health science. After earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Organic Chemistry at University of Perugia in Italy, she moved to USA, where she continued her work in cell biology at renowned institutions such as the UT-Health Science Center in Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Baylor College of Medicine. She then joined Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a fortune 500 consumer product company, where she Designed and led large research projects with a focus on dermatology and cosmeceuticals. Her research resulted in new patented natural solutions for enhanced skin health and prevention of skin aging. Dr. Piccotti has also expertise in respiratory, enteric, and urogenital systems, and in cell therapy and vaccines and is the author of multiple peer reviewed publications and has been recipient of awards and grants. She has recently founded the consulting company Iguvia and provides scientific and business development support to emerging biopharma and personal care companies.

Healthy eating habits for children and adolescents: the Mediterranean way - presented by dr. Mara Zambruni

Dr. Zambruni is an Italian physician specialized in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. After obtaining her first specialization in Italy in 2003, she worked several years in Mozambique for the Italian Government Agency for Aid. During the years in Africa she developed a special interest in the life-long consequences of pediatric malnutrition. In 2010 she moved to the United States to pursue further training and landed in Texas, where she completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Afterwards, she worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, leading a research project aimed at investigating the relationship between chronic malnutrition and immune system activation during the early years of life. In July 2020 she decided to take a break in her career and became a full-time mom for her little Filippo.

The Beauty and Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet - presented by Roberta Anding

Roberta Anding, RD is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant for the Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs team. She is an Instructor in the Baylor Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Roberta is a faculty at Rice University, and currently the sports dietitian for the Houston Astros MLB franchise. She is the former sports dietitian for the Houston Texans NFL franchise and the Houston Ballet. Roberta has been honored with the SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice group) Achievement Award in 2011. She received the Texas Distinguished Dietitian Award in 2008, and the Texas Dietetic Association Media Award in 2006. For the past nine years, Roberta was Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson for Houston and remains active in the Houston and national media. Roberta and her husband Bob have three children, Keith, Katie and Kevin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and her master’s degree in Nutrition from Louisiana State University. She holds advanced certifications as a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.