Floyd H. Chilton, professor of physiology and pharmacology and director of the Center for Botanical Lipids at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will deliver three talks to the Western Carolina University community on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.
Chilton is widely recognized for his research on the role of fatty acid metabolism in human diseases and the role that inflammation plays in diseases such as cardiac illness, diabetes and arthritis. Based on his work and the research of others, he is a major proponent of adding fiber to the diet, balancing omega fats and increasing specific families of polyphenols.
A 1980 graduate of WCU’s biology program, Chilton received the WCU Alumni Association’s Academic Achievement Award in 1999.
Chilton founded the program in molecular medicine at Wake Forest University and helped build it into one of the most successful programs of its kind in the United States. In 1999, he founded a biotechnology company, Pilot Therapeutics, and served as its president and CEO and chief technology officer until early 2003. At Pilot Therapeutics, Chilton developed a medical food called Airozin that blocks lipid mediators that cause asthma and arthritis. In 2003, Chilton was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the Carolinas (one of three finalists from more than 400 CEOs in North and South Carolina in the biotechnology/life sciences category).
He is author or co-author of more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters. He holds 32 issued and 17 pending patents. He is the author of three books, “Inflammation Nation,” “Win the War Within” and his latest, “The Gene Smart Diet,” which outlines an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise program to help reduce risk of chronic diseases.
He will deliver a presentation titled “Critical Roles for Genetics and Evolution in the Development of the Human Diet: A Case for Personalized Nutrition.” It will be held from 2 until 3 p.m. Oct. 25 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.
His presentation “The Impact of the Modern Western Human Diet on the Incidence and Severity of Inflammatory Diseases: Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment,” designed for health care providers, will be held from 4 until 5 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room 209 of the Health and Human Sciences Building.
A talk for the general public on the topic “Condition Critical: The Inflammation Epidemic and How to Stop It” is scheduled for 11 a.m. until noon Oct. 26 in the theater of Hinds University Center.
The presentations are open free of charge. For more information, call Todd Watson, professor of physical therapy at WCU, at (828) 227-2126.