2022 State of the Science Symposium

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Featured Speakers

Dr. Tom Brenna, Ph.D., Chair of Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s Scientific Nutrition Advisory Council.

Tom Brenna is a Professor of Pediatrics, Chemistry, and Human Nutrition at the Dell Medical School and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Emeritus of Human Nutrition, Food Science, and Chemistry, after 28 years as an active faculty member at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His group’s basic research into the chemical, biochemical, metabolic, genetic, and ecological aspects of fatty acids have had a decisive influence on modern knowledge of these key nutrients.  Their work has led to the modification of the accepted biochemical pathways for the endogenous synthesis of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA).  Recent research has clarified the molecular biology of human synthesis of branched-chain fatty acids as well as food sources of these compounds. This work has been in concert with many ongoing contributions to the analytical mass spectrometry of fatty acids and related lipids.

His decade of research on the PUFA content of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods used to rehabilitate children afflicted with severe acute malnutrition showed improved long-term neurocognitive development, leading to 2021 changes in WHO international food policy. In the 1990s, his group’s basic research studies on omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids contributed to the US FDA’s approval of DHA and arachidonic acid in US infant formulas.  He has contributed to numerous policy efforts, including being a member of the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and the most recent (2011) FAO/WHO Expert Panel on Fats and Fatty Acids.  He was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), serving on its executive committee until 2021. He was honored with the 2021 Ralph Holman and the 2020 Herbert Dutton Awards by the American Oil Chemists Society. He is the fourth scientist to be honored with both the American Society for Nutrition’s Osborne and Mendel Award for outstanding contributions to basic research in nutrition (2017) and the ASN’s Robert Herman Award for the advancement of clinical nutrition (2013).

Tom holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University (Analytical Chemistry), and a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, Nutritional Biochemistry.

Dr. Maya Maroto is a Vice President at FoodMinds, a division of Padilla. FoodMinds provides consulting and communications services specializing in harnessing science, public affairs, food values, and communications to meet business and public health objectives. Dr. Maroto has more than 15 years of experience translating nutrition science and regulations to inform strategic communications outreach and programming. Prior to joining FoodMinds, she served as a Vice President at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) where she led key food equity initiatives. Her experience also includes service at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) where she managed award-winning nationwide nutrition education and outreach initiatives.  Prior to government service, Dr. Maroto spent many years in academia and still serves as an adjunct professor of nutrition science at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Morgan State University, a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from Auburn University.

Linda Cornish is President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, a non-profit organization inspiring a healthier America through a balanced diet that includes seafood.

​She is a mission-driven executive who is working on addressing America’s public health crisis by empowering healthier food consumption. Linda was instrumental in the formation of Seafood Nutrition Partnership and led the launch of a public health campaign in October 2015 during National Seafood Month to help Americans find a path to wellness through healthy eating and seafood nutrition.

Linda has presented to many groups to raise awareness and urgency about the need for the general public to eat more seafood, including Aquaculture America, Aquarium of the Pacific, Bay of Fundy Seafood Forum, Boston Museum of Science, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, Clinton Global Initiative, Global Aquaculture Alliance – GOAL Conference, Groundfish Forum, NFI Global Seafood Marketing Conference, Seafood Expo North America, Sustainable Seafood Week NYC, World Seafood Congress, and Women of Seafood.

She has held leadership and management positions with Arthur Andersen, Hitachi Business Consulting, Harrah’s Entertainment, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, and Bill of Rights Institute. She is co-founder and past chairman for the Memphis Farmers Market and served on the board of Greening Greater Memphis. Linda is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two Sealyham Terriers.

Hugh Welsh

President & General Counsel, DSM North America

Hugh C. Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Health, Nutrition & Biosciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 23,000 employees worldwide and $12 billion in annual sales. DSM develops, manufactures, and sells nutritional and food & feed ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers, and renewable energy. Hugh serves on DSM’s global leadership team and has various responsibilities for DSM’s North American operations across 40 sites with 4000 employees.  Hugh also serves as Board Secretary to Veramaris LLC and is General Counsel to DSM ventures Africa Improved Foods and Hologram Sciences. Hugh is the Co-Chair of the ReadyNation CEO Early Life Task Force focused on addressing the nation’s childcare crisis.  Hugh also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Partners in Food Solutions, the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce Citizens Center, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, the National Diversity Council, the Board and Executive Committee of the Global Business Alliance, the Board of Governors of Union County College, the TriState Diversity Council, the Business Climate Leadership Council and previously served on the Board and Executive Committee of BIO, the American Chemistry Council and NYSE traded Patheon.  Hugh is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Seton Hall Law School, and Executive Leadership programs at IMD, Wharton Business School, and Harvard Business School. He has been with DSM since 2004, previously with the American Standard Companies and McCarter & English.

Dr. Joseph R. Hibbeln is a renowned Omega-3 expert and practicing psychiatrist with Barton Health. He is formerly the Acting Chief, Section of Nutritional Neurosciences in the Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics & Biochemistry at the US Government National Institutes of Health. His areas of research include the positive role of Omega-3 fatty acids in depressive and aggressive disorders and the benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy in supporting higher IQ and more optimal social behaviors among children. His 2007 Lancet paper finding that the benefits of seafood consumption during pregnancy outweigh the risks of typical methyl mercury exposure has stimulated the US Food & Drug Administration’s evaluation to reassess their 2004 advisory to limit fish intake. He has also conducted cross-national comparisons of seafood consumption in relation to psychiatric illnesses. Joe originated the field of omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies in affective disorders contributing to more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

His numerous honors include the T.L. Cleave Award from the McCarrison Society, London, USPHS Outstanding Service Medal, three Crisis Response Awards from USPHS, the Gerald Klerman, Independent Investigator and Young Investigator awards from NARSAD, and Eagle Scout, BSA.  Joe attended the University of Chicago and received a BA with special honors in 1983, the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his M.D. in 1988, and served his residency at UCLA in 1992.  He is a board-certified physician in psychiatry and serves as a Captain in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

Drew Ramsey, MD @DrewRamseyMD is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. His work focuses on clinical excellence, nutritional interventions, and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active telemedicine clinical practice based in New York City.

His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lancet Psychiatry, The Today Show, BBC, and NPR and he has given three TEDx talks. He is the co-author of the Antidepressant Food Scale and his e-courses on Nutritional Psychiatry education for the public and clinicians. His books Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety (Harperwave 2021), Eat Complete, 50 Shades of Kale, and The Happiness Diet explores the connections between mental health and nutrition. He is on the Advisory Board at Men’s Health, the Editorial Board at Medscape Psychiatry, and is a member of the Well+Good Wellness Council.

Professor Kuan-Pin Su is the Vice Dean of the College of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, and the Director of the Mind-Body Interface Laboratory (MBI-Lab) at the China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan. Prof Kuan-Pin Su’s significant contribution to the role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in depression provides novel therapeutic strategies, including the first clinical trial in perinatal women with depression. Prof Su has received prestigious awards from professional societies, including the Robert Kerwin International Award (British Association for Psychopharmacology BAP 2008), NARSAD Young Investigator Award (2010), Psychopharmacology Award from BAP (2013), International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids Early Career Award (2016), and China Medical University Distinguishing Professor of the Year (2019). According to the h-index (ELSVIER 2018), Prof Su is the 1st-ranked investigator in the world in the research field of omega-3 PUFAs in depression.

Robert Jones is the Global Lead for The Nature Conservancy’s Aquaculture Program. The program consists of active projects in seven countries designed to ensure aquaculture operates in harmony with nature and provides benefits to people. Robert led the development of “Towards A Blue Revolution: Catalyzing Investment into Sustainable Aquaculture Production Systems,” a first-of-its-kind co-authored report with Encourage Capital that provides guidance for impact investing in the aquaculture sector. Robert’s work with TNC has been featured by organizations including Harvard Business School and the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in February 2016, Robert served as the Program Coordinator for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture. Previously, Robert served as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State focusing on international fisheries agreements.

He holds an M.S. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a concentration in marine aquaculture. He holds a B.A. from Boston College in International Studies.


The Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s Scientific Nutrition Advisory Council is delighted to host the 6th annual State of the Science Symposium on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

This annual event provides a forum for global leaders in human nutrition to outline the latest consensus on all aspects of seafood nutrition.

We hope you will also register for the SNP Honors Gala on 9/21/22

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