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Ketogenic Q&A Part 2: Ketones, Fasting, and the Brain

Presenter: Dominic D’Agostino, PhD; Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, University of South Florida

Event Details

Date: September 20, 2018 Start Time: 11:00 AM PT End Time: 11:40 AM PT

Webinar Summary

In Q&A Part 2, Dominic D’Agostino, PhD focuses his discussion on the brain. Dr. D’Agostino explores misconceptions that exist regarding brain physiology, such as glucose dependency. He focuses on the neuroprotective effects of intermittent fasting, reducing glucose and insulin levels, and increasing ketone levels. Dr. D’Agostino shares how a targeted ketogenic approach can reduce neuroinflammation, enhance brain energy metabolism, and activate genetic changes that support brain protection and resilience. You will hear about the research technology Dr. D’Agostino and his team are using and the molecular observations they have revealed through the science and application of the ketogenic diet.

Originally aired September 20, 2018

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Presenter Bio

Dominic D’Agostino, PhD is a neuroscience, molecular pharmacology, and physiology researcher with a vast array of professional, academic, and personal pursuits and achievements. As a tenured Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, Dr. D’Agostino teaches students at the Morsani College of Medicine and the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, with a focus on neuropharmacology, medical biochemistry, physiology, cell metabolism, and signaling.

Dr. D’Agostino’s laboratory develops and tests metabolic-based strategies for targeting CNS oxygen toxicity (seizures), epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. The main focus of his lab over the last decade has been understanding the anticonvulsant and neuroprotective mechanism of the ketogenic diet and ketone metabolite supplementation. Dr. D’Agostino is also a Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), assisting with environmental medicine research efforts to optimize the safety, health, and resilience of the warfighter and astronaut. Dr. D’Agostino was a research investigator and crew member on NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO 22). His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private sources, and foundations.

Dr. D’Agostino received his PhD in Physiology and Neuroscience from Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed postdoctoral fellowships in molecular pharmacology and physiology at University of South Florida and in neuroscience at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

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