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Esteemed Lineup to Speak at 4th Annual Sports Nutrition Conference

The Drexel University Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance, the College of Nursing and Health Professions and University Wellness are hosting Drexel’s 4th Annual Sports Nutrition Conference on May 19, in Behrakis Grand Hall with an all-star lineup of distinguished speakers from the world of sports nutrition.

Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, assistant professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida, will discuss “Metabolic Strategies for Enhanced Performance & Body Composition.” 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 research is supported by the Office of Naval Research, Department of Defense, sports supplement companies and private foundations.

Janet Walberg Rankin, PhD, professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech, will be discussing “Weight Loss & Weight Gain in Athletes.” Research in her laboratory has focused on 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. Rankin 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.

And Drexel’s own Ellen Casey, MD, assistant professor of sports medicine at Drexel University, will be speaking on “Our Evolving Understanding of the Female Athlete Triad.” A sports medicine physician practicing in Manayunk and Center City Philadelphia, Casey 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. Casey serves as the team physician for Lincoln University, and provides care for athletes at Drexel University, St. Joseph's University and Philadelphia University.

Registration for the Sports Nutrition Conference is $100 for the general public and $20 for the Drexel community. For more information about this event, please contact Colleen Boyle at