How Can We Maintain or Gain Lean Body Mass? The Role of Protein in Healthy Aging

Session Track: Consumer Lifestyles & Demographics

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Session Description:

Aging is associated with the progressive loss of muscle mass, and a diet containing adequate amounts of protein is key to maintaining lean muscle mass. Baby boomers, armed with their desire to stay healthy, represent a major economic force. This "Healthy Aging" population has reshaped the market for ingredients such as protein, revealing new market opportunities. This session will offer you a deeper understanding of the global demographic data associated with the baby boomer generation, and ingredients designed to address "Healthy Aging."

Blake RasmussenSpeaker Information:

Blake Rasmussen, Ph.D., Lloyd and Sue Ann Hill Professor of Healthy Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch
Dr. Blake Rasmussen is the Lloyd and Sue Ann Hill Professor of Healthy Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research examines how amino acids, protein, and exercise regulate muscle protein turnover. His work has explored the question of how synthesis of muscle mass is regulated by protein intake, and has followed the effects of the consumption of protein and carbohydrate, following exercise, on muscle synthesis, as well as its relation to insulin sensitivity. Dr. Rasmussen's Muscle Biology labratory is funded by several grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Kyle Timmerman, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
Kyle TimmermanDr. Kyle Timmerman is an assistant research professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on aging and his research interests include mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise training and age-related differences in the response to anabolic stimuli (e.g., insulin, amino acids, mixed meal feeding). Dr. Timmerman’s published manuscripts show that the anabolic effects of insulin and mixed meal feeding are dependent on their ability to stimulate blood flow and microvascular perfusion in skeletal muscle.
Valerie Walker, Vice President, CPG Consulting

Valerie WalkerValerie Walker joined Datamonitor in 2010, after 16 years at Symphony IRI and several years in brand management at Procter & Gamble. Her areas of expertise include new product evaluation (trends and success factors), consumer insights, and shopper insights within the consumer packaged goods industry. She is a popular speaker at CPG industry conferences on topics such as "Transformational New Products," "Marketing Healthy Foods," and "Improving Your New Product Odds." Ms. Walker earned her master's degree in business administration from Duke University.