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Sports Nutrition Conference

May 19, 2015
Drexel University
Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This annual program presented by the Drexel Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance presents a variety of topics related to sports and nutrition.

Registered Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists, Physical Therapists, Physicians, Nurses, Athletic Trainers, Healthcare Professionals, Students, anyone interested in sports and nutrition

PROGRAM TOPICS: Please refer to the SPEAKERS tab

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • Regular Registration - $100.00
  • University Faculty - $20.00
  • Drexel University Student - $20.00
  • Drexel University Nutrition Student - $20.00


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Ellen Casey, MD

Ellen Casey, MD
Assistant Professor, Sports Medicine
Associate Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Drexel University College of Medicine

TOPIC: Our Evolving Understanding of the Female Athlete Triad

Ellen Casey, MD, is a sports medicine physician practicing in Manayunk and Center City Philadelphia. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with added qualification in sports medicine. Her goal is to work with patients to optimize function, return to an active lifestyle and help prevent future injury.

Dr. Casey's clinical practice focuses on the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders. She has particular expertise in the female athlete, including the female athlete triad, stress fractures, physical activity during and after pregnancy, and musculoskeletal injuries throughout the female lifespan. She is skilled in fluoroscopically-guided spine injections and ultrasound-guided peripheral joint and soft tissue injections.

Dr. Casey's passion for sports medicine stems from her own athletic career as an elite-level gymnast. She was named the Big 10 All-Around Champion in 1998, Big 10 Gymnast of the Year in 1999, and was a five-time NCAA All-American (1997 to 1999), as well as runner-up for the NCAA Athlete of the Year (1999), while competing for Penn State.

Dr. Casey serves as the team physician for Lincoln University, and provides care for athletes at Drexel University, St. Joseph's University and Philadelphia University.

Before coming to Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Casey served as co-director of the Women's Sports Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from 2010 to 2014

Dominic D’Agostino, PhD

Dominic D’Agostino, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of South Florida, College of Medicine

TOPIC: Metabolic Strategies for Enhanced Performance and Body Composition

The presentation will cover the science of nutritional ketosis and the practical applications for enhancing performance, strength, muscle hypertrophy and body composition. 

Dominic D’Agostino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida. 

His research is focused on developing and testing ketogenic diets, ketone supplements and amino acid formulas for a broad range of therapeutic and performance applications.  D’Agostino’s laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic strategies that enhance physiological resilience and performance under environmental extremes.  His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), sports supplement companies and private foundations.

Janet Walberg-Rankin, PhD

Janet Walberg-Rankin, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Virginia Tech University

TOPIC: Weight Loss and Weight Gain in Athletes

Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. She received her undergraduate training at Duke University and a doctoral degree in Nutrition with a minor in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis.

Previous research in her laboratory concerned the overarching goal of clarifying the optimal nutritional strategies to reduce inflammation in obesity and athletes, as well as nutrition for optimal physical performance and body composition. As a result of her experiences and personal passions, current research in her laboratory refocused to the promotion of active transportation to improve health, the environment, and the economy.

She is a member of the coordinating committee and a co-chair of the research committee of the national Everybody Walk Coalition. She was on the writing team for the revision of the American College of Sports Medicine’s position stand on exercise, and obesity and on the Institute of Medicine committee charged with making recommendations related to use of dietary supplements in military personnel. In addition to service as President of the regional chapter, the Southeast Regional Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), she has served the national organization, ACSM, as a Fellow, Vice President, Associate Editor for the organization’s official journal, a member or chair on many national committees, and most recently as President of the organization in 2012 to 2013. Her presidential initiative, ActivEarth, is dedicated to promoting active transportation through accessible and safe walking and biking options as a means to better health, environments, and sustainable economies.


The conference has been submitted for approval of 3.0 Dietitian Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEU) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).


Dates Location Register
May 19, 2015 Philadelphia, PA Online Mail-In