NuGO2021-keynote speakers

Prof. Philip Calder 

University of Southampton, UK

The Role of micronutrients for the immune system and COVID-19.


Philip Calder is Head of the School of Human Development and Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. He is an internationally recognized researcher on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids, with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids, and on the influence of diet and nutrients on the immune and inflammatory responses.

His research addresses both life course and translational considerations and includes research in cell and animal models and in healthy humans and patients. He has received many awards and prizes for his work including the prestigious Danone International Prize for Nutrition in 2016 and the DSM Lifetime Achievement Prize in Human Nutrition in 2017. Professor Calder was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009-2012), Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism ESPEN (2012-2016) and President of the Nutrition Society (2016-2019). He is currently President of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (2019-2023). Professor Calder was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition (2006-2013) and is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Nutrition, Clinical Science, Nutrition Research and Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. He has over 700 scientific publications and is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher.


Jun.-Prof. Silvio Waschina

University of Kiel, GE

Metabolic modelling of the nutrition- and gut microbiota-dependent immunometabolism in inflammation

Silvio Waschina: Biography

Silvio Waschina received his PhD in Bioinformatics in 2016 from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany, where he studied the adaptive evolution of bacterial metabolic networks. Subsequently, he joined the group of Prof. Christoph Kaleta and contributed to the development of computational models of host-microorganism interactions in chronic inflammation. In 2019, he established his independent research group as an Assistant Professor for Nutriinformatics at the Institute for Human Nutrition and Food Sciences at Kiel University, Germany.

The group's current research focuses on the development and application of novel approaches to construct predictive models of host-microbiome metabolism by combining ecological theory with (meta-)genomic and metabolomic information. Current projects include the systems biological analysis of the gut microbial ecology in preterm infants and the influence of metabolic cross-feeding interactions between gut bacteria on host immunological activity in chronic inflammation.


Photo© David Ausserhofer/DIfE

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schulze

Head of the Department of Molecular Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE)

Global pandemics interconnected — Obesity, impaired metabolic health and COVID-19

CV of Prof. Dr. Matthias Schulze


Research Topics
• Dietary Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
• Dietary Pattern Analysis
• Biomarkers of Nutritional Intake
• Gene-Diet Interaction
• Biochemical and Genetic Predictors of Diabetes and its Complications
• Risk Prediction Models
• Metabolic Healthy Obesity

Since 2010 Professor (W3) University of Potsdam and Head of Department of Molecular Epidemiology, DIfE
2008 - 2010 Professor (W2) „Public Health Nutrition“, Technical University Munich
2004 - 2008 Postdoc, Department of Epidemiology, DIfE
2002 - 2004 Postdoc, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA


Prof. Dr. Bente Halvorsen

University of Oslo, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Non-resolving inflammation in CVD

Halvorsen`s talk will take you into the underlying pathogenesis of CVD and end up in new treatment options. Can omga-3 fatty acids be on board? And what does Covid-19 do with CVD?

CV of Bente Halvorsen

Bente Halvorsen (born 1964) become  Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo in 2008 and has since 2015 headed Research Institute of Internal Medicine, Oslo University Hospital - a large translational research institute in Norway. Halvorsen has worked for more than 20 year in the field of cardiovascular disorder with particular focus on inflammatory processes in atherosclerosis. Bente Halvorsen  is an international well-rebutted scientist (Pubmed > 275 publications).


Prof. Dr. Christoph Wilhelm/ PhD

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology

E-mail: [email protected]

Fasting as an essential regulator of immune responses

Education / Training

Academic qualifications

2011                Doctorate, PhD, Immunology, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK

2001 - 2007    M.Sc. (Diploma), Biology, University of Munich, Germany

Postgraduate professional career

2015 - pres.    Assistant Professor for Immunopathology, University of Bonn, Germany

2011- 2015     Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health, USA

2011                Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, UK

Honors / Awards

2018                Human Frontiers Science Program Career Development Award

2015                NRW-Return Program

2014                NIH Fellow Award for Research Excellence (FARE award)

2014                The CIG best paper award

2012                NIH Fellow Award for Research Excellence (FARE award)

2012                Human Frontiers Science program postdoctoral fellowship

2007                Medical Research Council (MRC) Ph.D. studentship