Director, Center for Nutrition Research
Institute for Food Safety and Health
Bedford Park, Illinois – United States
Britt Burton-Freeman, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health’s (IFSH) Center for Nutrition Research and Associate Professor in Food Science and Nutrition and Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Dr. Burton-Freeman’s research interests are in addressing risk factors of cardio-metabolic disease through dietary approaches focused on bioactive components in foods. Recently, her research has expanded to understand the intersections between metabolic disruption, gut microbiome and cognitive function. Current research characterizes the polyphenol profile of various berry types and their metabolic consequences after human ingestion, including the pharmaco- kinetic and -dynamic relationship and reciprocal interactions with the gut microbiome affecting human biology and health status.
As the Director for the Center for Nutrition Research at IIT/IFSH in conjunction with the National Center for Food Safety and Technology, she leads a nutrition and health initiative with food industry partners and government collaborators to provide critical science that supports policy, dietary recommendations and comprehensive innovative solutions linking nutrition and food safety to improve the health and quality of life of Americans. Dr. Burton-Freeman is actively involved in multiple professional societies dedicated to health and disease abatement including the American Society for Nutrition, the Obesity Society, the American Chemical Society and the Institute of Food Technologist. Dr. Freeman publishes in various top Journals and is co Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition and Healthy Aging. Dr. Burton-Freeman received her BS in Dietetics from the California State University, Chico, a MS and PhD in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of California, Davis. Dr. Burton-Freeman has held professional appointments in academia and the biotech industry leading research programs and teams to deliver on basic and clinical science objectives.
Wednesday, November 6
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM