2023 State of the Science Symposium

Join us for SNP’s 7th annual State of the Science Symposium on Thursday, September 21, 2023, hosted by our Scientific Nutrition Advisory Council.

Theme: Seafood for Healthy People and Planet: Nourishing Our Brains, Restoring Our Oceans

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

Speaker Bios

Tom Brenna, PhD

Tom Brenna, PhD

Dr. Tom Brenna is professor of pediatrics, of chemistry, and of nutrition at the Dell Medical School and the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and recently Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. He has served on numerous international policy groups, including the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Linda Cornish
Founder and President

Linda Cornish

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

Dr. Paul Doremus

Paul Doremus, PhD

Paul Doremus is the Vice President for Policy and Sustainability Strategy at Trident Seafoods. In collaboration with Trident’s executive leadership team and functional area leaders, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s federal and international policy strategy, contributing to Trident’s sustainability and social responsibility strategy, and advising on strategic developments in global seafood markets.

Sarah Crowley
VP of Marketing and Communications

Sarah Crowley

Sarah Crowley is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Seafood Nutrition Partnership, where she spearheads the national seafood promotion campaign in collaboration with SNP stakeholders.

Susan Carlson
Advisory Council

Susan Carlson, PhD

Dr. Susan E. Carlson is the AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She does clinical trials of DHA supplementation in pregnancy and childhood.

Lauren Couchois

Lauren Couchois

Lauren Couchois is a highly experienced professional with over 12 years of dedicated work in K-12 school food service.

Dr. Michael Crawford

Dr. Michael Crawford

Dr. Michael Crawford is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion, and Reproduction of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, London.

Maya Maroto, EdD, MPH, RD
Advisory Council

Maya Maroto, EdD, MPH, RD

Dr. Maya Maroto is a Vice President at FoodMinds and has more than 15 years of experience translating nutrition science and regulations to inform strategic communications outreach and programming.

Dr. Ole Mouritsen

Dr. Ole Mouritsen

Ole G. Mouritsen, PhD DSc is a physicist and professor of gastrophysics and culinary food innovation at the University of Copenhagen. He has a background in physical chemistry, interfacial science, and membrane biophysics.


Welcome  11:00-11:30 AM

Ms. Linda Cornish, President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership 

Prioritizing Nutrition for the Brain, Affirming National Seafood Nutrition Policy, Dr. Tom Brenna, SNP SNAC Chair; Professor of Pediatrics, of Chemistry, and of Human Nutrition, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Morning Session  11:30-12:45 PM

Human Health – Eating for Brain Health

Dr. Susan Carlson, Seafood Supports Expectant Mom & Baby Nutrient Needs, AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition, University of Kansas Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Michael Crawford, Building Stronger Mental Health & Resilience (pre-recorded); Visiting Professor in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion, and Reproduction of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London; Director: Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition; Founder/Trustee: The Mother and Child Foundation and The Little Foundation; President: McCarrison Society.

Dr. Ole Mouritsen, When Blue is Green: Seafood as a Driver in the Green Transition; Physicist and Professor of Gastrophysics and Culinary Food Innovation at the University of Copenhagen

Human Health Panel – Dr. Brenna, Dr. Carlson, and Dr. Mouritsen

Moderated by Ms. Linda Cornish              

Lunch Break & Networking  12:45-1:30 PM

Promoting the Public Health Benefits of Seafood  1:30-2:00 PM

Dr. Paul Doremus, The Importance of Seafood for Public Health & Planetary Health, Chair of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership; Vice President of Policy & Sustainability Strategy, Trident Seafoods

Ms. Sarah Crowley, Helping Consumers Fall In Love With Seafood through a National Seafood Promotion Campaign; Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Afternoon Session  2:00-3:30 PM

Consumer Outreach – Shifting Diets Towards Seafood & Blue Food

Dr. Maya Maroto, How a Food is Medicine/Precision Nutrition Strategy Can Advance Equitable Approaches for Brain Health and Nutrition Security; Vice President, FoodMinds, former FDA Chief of Education and Outreach Branch; SNP SNAC Member

Mrs. Lauren Couchois; Registered Dietitian and Culinary Specialist of Food and Nutrition Services, Greenville County Schools in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ms. Jennifer Bushman, Telling Seafood and Blue Food’s Story through Hope In The Water Docuseries launching 2Q24; Co-Founder, Fed By Blue

Consumer Outreach Panel –  Dr. Maroto, Mrs. Couchois, and Ms. Bushman

Moderated by Ms. Sarah Crowley   

Closing Message  3:50-4:00 PM

Ms. Linda Cornish, President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Networking Reception  4:00-5:00 PM

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