Achieving Therapeutic Ketosis

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, senior research scientist with IHMC, will lecture in Ocala on February 29th.

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino was a curious child who developed an interest in biology at 14, with “the effort of an amazing high school teacher.”

The Cream Ridge, New Jersey, native says he was a shy introvert with a love for motorcycles, being outdoors, hunting and farming, who now also enjoys traveling, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving.

“My personal interest in health and fitness drove my interest in biological sciences and nutritional sciences,” he shares. “This inspired me to major in both fields for undergraduate studies at Rutgers University.”

He notes that summer neuroscience and physiology research in a clinical department inspired his interest in basic science and clinical research.

“My mentor encouraged me to transition my undergraduate research into a Ph.D. dissertation that focused on brainstem mechanisms of cardio-respiratory function,” he recalls. “My postdoctoral work was funded by the Office of Naval Research and led me to developing and testing ketogenic neuroprotective strategies for safety and resilience in military personnel.”

D’Agostino is a visiting senior research scientist with the Institute for Machine and Human Cognition and associate professor in the department of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. His laboratory develops and tests metabolic therapies for CNS oxygen toxicity, seizure disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. His team is working on moving the pre-clinical animal studies to human clinical trials.

D’Agostino will share his findings on February 29th in Ocala as the guest speaker for IHMC’s evening lecture series. 

“The science and application of ketogenic diets and ketone metabolic therapy is developing rapidly and moving into human clinical trials for a diverse range of applications. My presentation will focus on past, present and emerging research on nutritional and supplemental approaches to achieve therapeutic ketosis for neurological disorders and many common diseases that are linked to poor metabolic health,” he explains.

“I will cover cardiometabolic biomarkers that are not typically associated with routine exams,” he adds. “Tracking these biomarkers is an important part of personalized medicine for enhancing longevity and metabolic health.” OS

The lecture will take place at 15 SE Osceola Ave. and the evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. To learn more and RSVP, go to

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