Funded by the University Research Board, the NFSC department hosted Dr. Michele Forman, a distinguished Professor and Department Head of Nutrition Sciences at Purdue University, during the week of March 12, 2018. During her one week visit, Dr. Forman delivered three seminars tackling 1) the role of early life exposures in disease risk later in life, specifically cancer, 2) the effect of dietary intake during the first 1000 days on the risk of obesity and 3) the importance of context specific food composition tables in advancing nutritional sciences. The seminars were attended by students and faculty members from various faculties at AUB as well as from other universities and hospitals. The attendees stirred stimulating Q/A sessions with the speaker.
During her visit, Dr. Forman contributed significantly to the research as well as to the teaching operations at the NFSC department. Through extensive research meetings and discussions, Dr. Forman provided valuable insights into existing collaborative and partnership initiatives between NFSC and Purdue. An example of such initiatives is a project aiming to validate assessment tools for nutritional status that are the backbone of health monitoring and evaluation for Lebanon. She also took part in the interpretation of results and write up of a joint manuscript. Furthermore, Dr. Forman, in her capacity as thesis committee member, participated in the comprehensive examination of two graduate students at the NFSC department.
Dr. Forman's visit constituted an excellent opportunity to foster collaboration between FAFS, AUB and Purdue University, whereby together with Dean Mohtar and Dr. Farah Naja, Dr. Forman put the framework for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two institutions. Through this MOU, Purdue and FAFS aim to identify Great Global Gaps (G3) and lay a system-based road map to solve them more expeditiously by recognizing the value of collaboration, trust, learning and community engagement.
In addition, Dr. Forman met with various groups of faculty members from FAFS & AUB, and discussed potential research collaborations. She also spent considerable time with graduate students advising them on studying abroad and opportunities for graduate studies in the United Sates.