Department of Nutrition welcomes medical cannabis expert for 30th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture

Laura Lagano, MS, RD, CDN

April 13, 2018

The Department of Nutrition will host its 30th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. This year, the department welcomes registered dietitian/nutritionist and Holistic Cannabis Academy co-founder Laura Lagano to deliver the keynote lecture "Medical Cannabis: Are You Ready for the New Frontier of Healthcare?" Lagano's talk will highlight advances in medical cannabis care, an area that can be poorly understood by consumers and healthcare professionals alike.

Nationally recognized as a nutrition expert, Lagano has written for periodicals as diverse as Cooking Light, Environmental Nutrition, and The American Nurse and been quoted in publications such The New York Times, Child, Glamour, and Food Arts and has appeared on camera on CNN, NJN, Food Network, Fox, as well as network affiliates around the country. She is a seasoned speaker who has presented to consumers, executives, chefs, educators, and health professionals.

In addition to the lecture, scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, the Beal program will include a graduate student research open poster session beginning at 4:30 pm, as well as a presentation of the Virginia A. Beal, Peter Pellet, and Helen Mitchell awards.

The lecture and accompanying programming is free and open to the public.

About the Virginia A. Beal Lecture:

In 1989, Professor Emerita Virginia A. Beal, a pioneer in the field of nutrition and a longtime member of the Nutrition faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, established an endowment to provide students, faculty, dietetics professionals, and alumni and friends, with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and advances that are currently at the forefront in the Nutrition field.

The Virginia A. Beal Lectureship Fund is the only endowed lecture in the Department, and has become an anticipated annual tradition. The evening is a celebration of nutrition research, and an opportunity to acknowledge the department's finest students through the presentation of endowed scholarship awards, one of which bears Virginia Beal’s name. Professor Beal presented the first lecture in 1989, and in the intervening years, nationally-renowned researchers in nutrition have spoken at this annual event.