ILSI shares science to diverse audiences by hosting, sponsoring, and co-organizing a variety of events around the world. These include independent symposia; workshops; hands-on scientific training; and sessions held as part of the program of larger scientific and professional meetings.

 

Upcoming Events

Workshop ‘Mineral Oil Risk Assessment: Knowledge Gaps and Roadmap’ (Registration is closed)

Brussels, Belgium

There is uncertainty about the exposure to mineral oils, how/what to measure and characterise, and ultimately what this exposure means in terms of consumer safety. There is consensus between multi-sector stakeholders for a need to address knowledge/data gaps on mineral oils. This activity aims to bring together tripartite stakeholders across sectors – food and drink, packaging, cosmetics and petroleum − to examine the current approaches used to establish the safety of mineral oil hydrocarbons. This will include identification of the data gaps on sources of exposure (both dietary and non-dietary) current analytical methodologies, approaches to risk assessment and potential mitigation risk management measures.

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Workshop ‘The Use of AOPs in Safety Evaluation of Food Additives’

Brussels, Belgium

Adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) are designed to provide a clear-cut mechanistic representation of critical toxicological effects that propagate over different layers of biological organization from the initial interaction of a chemical with a molecular target to an adverse outcome at the individual or population level. Adverse outcome pathways are currently gaining momentum, especially in view of their many potential applications as pragmatic tools in the fields of toxicology, and risk and safety assessment. However, to date there has been little focus on food additives and how AOPs can be used as part of their risk and safety assessments.

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Technical Training Program: Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants (Phase I)

Beijing, China

Implemented by the ILSI Research Foundation, this technical training program is structured to provide Chinese public-sector scientists in-depth technical information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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HESI Cardiac Safety FDA Workshop

Silver Spring, USA

Save the date! HESI-FDA Public Workshop on Leveraging Human-Relevant Cardiomyocytes in Nonclinical Studies to Provide Mechanistic Insights into Cardiovascular Safety Liabilities

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ILSI North America 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials

Washington, DC, USA

ILSI North America is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

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Implemented by the ILSI Research Foundation, this technical training program is structured to provide Chinese public-sector scientists in-depth technical information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops. The program is designed using a phased approach, with Phase I being a workshop aimed at establishing a baseline understanding of the concepts and principles of GE food and feed safety assessment. Topics will include the whole food safety assessment paradigm, as well as discussion of toxicity and allergenicity testing, compositional assessment, and animal testing.

Participants are asked to complete the eLearning module “Concepts in the Safety Assessment of Novel Food and Feed” in advance of the Phase I workshop.

Provisional Agenda

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 1

Introduction of Key Concepts and Regulatory Landscape

Welcome and Overview of the Workshop
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods and Livestock Feeds in China
TBD

International Guidance for Assessing Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Key Concepts in the Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult Ltd., UK

Question & Answer Session

Applying Problem Formulation to the Safety Assessment of Genetically Engineered Foods and Feeds
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult Ltd., UK

Breakout Exercise 1

Accessing Information: Useful Resources for GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Breakout Exercise 2

Day 2

Delving into Food and Feed Safety Assessments (I)

Recap and Questions from Day 1
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult Ltd., UK

Key Concepts in GE Food/Feed Assessment: Compositional Analyses
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult Ltd., UK

Accessing Crop Compositional Data to Inform GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Breakout Exercise 3

Characterization of the Genetic Modification and the Novel Protein(s)
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Breakout Exercise 4

Assessing Potential Toxicity
Dr. Jason Roper, DuPont Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental Sciences, USA

Breakout Exercise 5

Day 3

Delving into Food and Feed Safety Assessments (II)

Recap and Questions from Day 2
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult Ltd., UK

Understanding Animal Feeding Studies in the Context of GE Food/Feed Safety Assessments
Dr. Jason Roper, DuPont Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental Sciences, USA

Plenary Group Discussion

Assessing Potential Allergenicity
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Breakout Exercise 6

Explaining the Safety Assessment to Others
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Feedback, Discussion, and Review

Preparing for the Phase II Workshop
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult Ltd., UK

Presentation of Completion Certificates & Workshop Closure

Phase II

A five-day workshop is planned for June 2019, focusing on laboratory tours and demonstrations of how tests are managed and conducted, as well as how data are collected and interpreted. Phase II will include a review of the concepts from Phase I, with an additional focus on critical reading and review of study reports. Participants will be asked to complete the eLearning module “Application of Problem Formulation for Food and Feed Safety Assessment” in advance of the Phase II workshop.

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Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

About Day 1 Day 2 Registration Hotel Travel International About

ILSI North America is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

Day 1

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019:

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Day 2

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019:

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Registration

Register by the Early Bird Deadline and save!

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early Bird:

Regular: Final & On-Site:

 Ends 28 Jan 2019

29 Jan 2019 - 24 Mar 2019  25 Mar 2019 - 3 Apr 2019
Industry $600 $700 $750
Government $500 $600 $650
Academia & Non-Profit $350 $375 $400
Student/Post Doc $200 $225 $250

Breakfast (2), lunch (2) and a reception are included in the registration rate.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hotel

Accommodations
We have secured a room block at The Westin Washington, DC City Center, the venue for the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, with a nightly rate of $279, exclusive of state and local taxes. The room block ends 11 March 2019 but we recommend that you make your reservation in advance as space fills quickly. After you have successfully registered for your room you will receive an email confirmation. Please click here to reserve your room.

Hotel Address:
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Travel

Transportation:

Air Travel:
Washington, DC is located near three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National Airport is located closest to DC and is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. If commuting to The Westin via Metro from DCA, hop on the blue line at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Stop and get off at McPherson Square (7 stops). You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft into DC. This will cost around $15-$25.

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles outside of DC in Virginia. To get downtown you can take a taxi, shuttle, Uber or Lyft. A taxi to DC will cost around $60-$70. BWI is the furthest but may offer better flight deals. All three airports offer domestic and international flights daily.

Getting Around DC:

Metro:
Metro is the most convenient way to get around DC. This public transportation system consists of six color-coded lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, and Yellow that are connected to each other via transfer stations. To ride Metro you must pay via a SmarTrip card which can be purchased at any Metro station with cash or credit. Most fares range from $2.25 - $6 per trip. Metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The closest Metro stop to the conference venue is McPherson Square, accessible via the orange, silver, and blue lines. Click here for more information about Metro.

Taxi:
Another way to travel in DC is by taxi. There are many and all accept cash, credit and debit cards.

Uber/Lyft:
To travel by uber or Lyft, download the app onto your smartphone and you can begin requesting a ride by entering the address of your destination.

DC Circulator:
The DC Circulator travels along six specific routes and is affordable at just $1 per ride.

International

Visa Information

When traveling to the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, the U.S. may require visitors to obtain a visa. This process can take a few weeks to several months to complete, so please be sure to apply early. For more information about your country’s visa requirements, visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip.

Read more about U.S. Visa Policies and Procedures

Invitation Letter:

ILSI North America can provide a formal invitation letter to assist with the visa submission process. Please contact Angela Roberts (angelar@ilsi.org) to request a letter.

Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

The ILSI North America Food Packaging Safety Committee is currently accepting late-breaking abstracts for the ILSI North America 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials.

Submission Deadline: February 15th, 2019

Abstract Submission Information

Contact Us:

Discover DC:

Plan your trip Cherry Blossoms Free Attractions Downtown DC Beyond the National Mall Restaurants Plan your trip

Cherry Blossoms

Depending on the weather, the beginning of April is usually around the time cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom in DC. Check out the beautiful pink and white sights on the Tidal Basin.

If you’re taking the Metro, use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian stop. From there, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. If you are taking the Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you off at the National Mall.

1.7 miles from hotel

Free Attractions

There are plenty of free attractions in Washington, DC:

National Museum of American History
Korean War Veterans Memorial
National Museum of the American Indian
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Anderson House
Arlington National Cemetery
National World War II Memorial
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Gallery of Art

Downtown DC

Check out our top picks:

White House
National Mall and Memorial Parks
United States Capitol
Ford’s Theatre
United States Botanic Garden

Beyond the National Mall

Check out these 20 cool museums beyond the National Mall.

Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel:

0.1 miles from hotel:
Lincoln
West Wing Café Thomas Circle
10 Thomas Restaurant
Stans Restaurant and Lounge

0.2 miles from hotel:
Quill
The Pig
Baan Thai
B Too
&pizza
Churchkey
Birch and Barley
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Siren

 

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