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Join our first episode on 7th September at 4pm BST/3pm GMT with Dr Jia Li, University of Alabama at Birmingham.


What are we going to talk about in this episode?


Individuals with spinal cord injury experience physiological adaptations and lifestyle changes that increase their risks of developing cardiometabolic diseases. These changes include, but are not limited to, muscle atrophy, adiposity, physical inactivity, and hormonal imbalance. In addition, emerging evidence, suggests that spinal cord injury is associated with deterioration of the gut microbiome community balance. The spinal cord injury-associated changes in gut microbiome features are implicated in the development of intestinal inflammation, metabolic disorders, etc. In this talk, Dr Li will discuss recent work from her lab on gut microbiome in spinal cord injury, as well as the impact of a low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet on gut microbiome composition and cardiometabolic health in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. 


The slides for this event can be found here.


Series programme:


  • 7th September at 4pm BST/3pm GMT - ‘Effects of a Low-carbohydrate/High-protein Diet on Gut Microbiome Composition in Individuals with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury’ with Dr Jia Li, University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • 23rd September at 3 pm BST/2 pm GMT - ‘From bench to bedside and beyond: adventures in modelling gut microbiomes’ with Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe, University of Guelph


  • 30th September at 3 pm BST/2 pm GMT – ‘Host genetic determinants of the gut microbiome’ with Dr Emily Davenport, Penn State University




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Date and Time
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
04:00 pm BST / 03:00 pm GMT
Speakers Avatar Dr Jia Li, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Li is a post-doctoral scholar in the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research focuses on understanding the risk factors for the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. She aims to create dietary interventions to improve metabolic function in individuals with spinal cord injury.

Dr. Li received her Ph.D. training at Purdue University where she studied the impact of dietary modifications on human metabolic health, specifically glucose metabolism. She brought her expertise in nutrition and health to SCI rehabilitation and at UAB, she is coordinating a 5-year clinical trial that investigates the effects of a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet on metabolic health, gut microbiome, and body composition, as well as the quality of life among individuals with long-standing SCI. During Dr. Li’s postdoctoral training at UAB, she further built upon her skillsets in the field of omics research, including gut microbiome and metabolomics.

Dr. Li has received notable awards for her work in SCI, including the NIDILRR Mary Switzer Research fellowship and Craig Nielsen Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Li recently received institutional funding on diet and blood pressure control in SCI. Dr. Li currently serves as the secretary for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) SCI-Special Interest Group as well as the task force chair for the secondary conditions and aging task force.

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