Teresa Davis: Nutritional and Social Importance of Animal Sourced Proteins
Protein is the most important nutrient for bodily function. Animal based foods are an important part of our food culture. Protein from animal sources contain the correct proportion of amino acids that we need for good health. Plant proteins are low in certain amino acids and are less digestible than animal proteins. Professor Davis will discuss the latest research on the importance of protein in the promotion of optimal growth and development of children, weight management in adults, and the preservation of muscle mass and strength in healthy aging. She will also discuss how the equal distribution of dietary protein in meals over the course of the day is critical for optimizing muscle function. Animal proteins play an important role in a healthy diet!
Prof Teresa Ann Davis (Professor of Pediatrics, USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine) is a pediatric nutrition scientist who is internationally recognized for her studies on the nutritional regulation of protein metabolism and growth. Prof Davis has extensive experience in protein metabolism, amino acid and insulin signalling to protein synthesis, and isotopic approaches to study the metabolic effects of nutrients, hormones, and growth factors. Prof Davis has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and received numerous awards recognising her longstanding contribution to research, including the Roger E. Koeppe Endowed Lecturer Oklahoma State University in 2011 and E.L.R. Stokstad Award for outstanding fundamental research in nutrition in 1998 from the American Society of Nutritional Sciences. Prof Davis is the current Editor-in-Chief Journal of Nutrition and Past President of the American Society of Nutrition (2012-2013). Prof Davis is also a member of the Riddet CoRE Science Advisory Panel.