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July 2017 IFSN Seminar

On July 27, 2017, Dr. Richard Bruno from Ohio State University presented “Anti-inflammatory Activities of Green Tea: Lessons Learned from Preclinical Models of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.” This seminar has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CEU).* 

This seminar is part of the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN) Seminar Series. These monthly seminars aim to disseminate new knowledge; engage with partners and stakeholders; and inspire the next generation of food safety and nutrition experts. For full information on the series, visit the seminar webpage.  

Seminar Overview 

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most prevalent liver disorder in the US where it affects 80-100 million Americans in close association with obesity. In the absence of any validated treatments, prophylactic dietary approaches have been emphasized to prevent inflammatory responses leading to NASH. Green tea and its polyphenolic catechins have received significant attention due to epidemiological evidence supporting anti-inflammatory activities. Our USDA-NIFA supported studies have established that catechin-rich green tea effectively protects against liver injury by lowering NFκB-dependent inflammation in obese models of NASH. The objective of this webinar will be to present the bioactivities of green tea that protect against hepatic injury through hypolipidemic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. It will also provide an understanding of the mechanisms by which green tea protects against hepatic NFκB activation during NASH through direct actions at the liver and indirectly by improving intestinal health. Upon completing this webinar, audience members will have gained an understanding of the NASH pathology, the bioactive components of green tea, and the importance of genetic- and diet-induced obese rodent models to unravel the benefits of green tea in relation to improving human health. 

*Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) or Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) who attend this seminar and wish to receive the CEU certificate please e-mail Mallory M. Koenings.  

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