TOAM and BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading health and wellness platform for African Americans, will take over Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam for seven days and nights of concerts, parties, healthy living sessions, and much more. With non-stop entertainment and activities throughout the day and night, there’s more than you can possibly do on a single cruise! Whether you’re traveling solo, with a friend, family member, or significant other, the BDO Wellness & Waves Cruise has fun activities for everyone.
Jarrad Hampton-Marcell is a Microbial Ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory concurrently pursuing his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on understanding how humans interface with the built-environment in two major capacities. First, Jarrad investigates how we can trace bacterial signatures found in and on the human body back to the built-environments. This research initiative uses the microbiome as a forensic tool to find bacteria on the skin unique to each individual that can serve as trace evidence. Second, Jarrad investigates the role the gut microbiota play in response to exercise, specifically bacteria that provide energy to the host. His goal is to bridge the gaps that exists between sports-related research and the impact the microbiome has on human health.
In 2015, Jarrad was named one of the “20 Most Influential People in their 20s” by Crain’s Chicago Business. With more than 15 peer-reviewed publications, Jarrad’s research has been featured in TIME Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and WNYC’s “Radiolab”. Jarrad is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and M.Sc. in Integrative Biology. In addition, Jarrad co-chairs Argonne’s High School Research Program, he founded two scholarship committees for students majoring in STEM, and is the Athletic Research Director for the HEROH Foundation, a non-profit sports performance organization for high school athletes.
Crystal E. Porter, Ph.D. is a hair scientist and owner of Mane Insights, Inc, a company that conducts research to further understand the specific needs of the hair and scalp. As a recognized contributor in the world of hair science, she also provides knowledge about hair to individuals, professionals and industry leaders. She is passionate about debunking myths and empowering others to properly care for their hair. Her patent-pending process helps individuals to tailor their hair care regimen for their own individual needs.
Dr. Porter began her career in cosmetic science at Unilever in the year 2000. While there, she was part of a measurement science group and conducted research for aid-to-formulation. She spent the majority of her 18-year career at L’Oréal, USA where she managed the Physics Laboratory and Consumer Insights teams studying the biophysical characteristics of hair and pigmented skin within different global ethnic groups and to understand behaviors that are related to consumers’ experiences. During the past fifteen years, she has shared knowledge about ethnic hair with fellow scientists and the public sector at global venues. She has also contributed to L’Oréal’s global classification of curl in hair and has authored scientific journals, presentations and book chapters on various topics such as hair straightening and ethnic hair.
Hosted by the leading top experts and celebrity coaches, these sessions will be filling up quickly. These are just some highlights of the amazing and impactful sessions that we’ll be having aboard the ship. Book your cruise to reserve your spot now.
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