Dominic D’Agostino, PhD is a researcher in neuroscience, molecular pharmacology, and physiology who has conducted mechanistic and clinical research on the ketogenic diet and its health benefits. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate dietary approach associated with meat eaters, but is the ketogenic diet feasible for vegetarians and even vegans? In this talk Dr. D’Agostino argues that anyone can potentially benefit from the ketogenic lifestyle. He shares targeted recipes and supporting nutrition science for vegetarians and vegans to achieve and sustain nutritional ketosis. Dr. D’Agostino examines the most common challenges nonmeat eaters face when adhering to a ketogenic food plan and provides practical methods to overcome these hurdles to receive the health benefits of the ketogenic diet.
Originally aired November 15, 2018
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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