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

The Intersection Between Food Sustainability and Health

Southampton, Bermuda

ILSI North America has coordinated a scientific session at the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting that will examine the intersection of food sustainability and health, with a look at current practices, challenges and research gaps

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Water II – Water Management for the Future

Southampton, Bermuda

ILSI North America has coordinated a scientific session at the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting that will examine new and emerging technologies related to water management (including regeneration, conservation, & efficiency improvement) and the impact of these approaches on short and long-term water management and human practice.

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Science Serving Society

Southampton, Bermuda

At the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting, a special session is being organized on Science Serving Society. The purpose of this session is to highlight specific programs that clearly demonstrate ILSI´s significant contributions to the theme, with an emphasis on multi-year, multi-partner programs with demonstrable impact.

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CT-TRACS & Cell and Gene Therapy Joint Workshop: “Safety assessment of cell therapy products: current advances and challenges”

London, UK

HESI’s Cell Therapy–TRAcking, Circulation, & Safety (CT-TRACS) Committee is honored to present the first workshop of the new Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult seminar series.

Topics and Learning Objectives:

1. Future needs in patient safety of cell-based therapies. Identify challenges and opportunities to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of safety assessment of cell therapy products. Perspectives from a broad range of stakeholders from design to implementation settings.

2. Evolving safety tools and applied safety techniques. Learn about in vivo cell tracking approaches and their role in supporting clinical translation, as well as methods for evaluating the potential tumorigenicity risk of cell-based therapeutic products.

3. Role of collaboration in cell therapy development and use. Explore international opportunities to bridge stakeholders and improve our ability to develop and implement effective standards.

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Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Libreville, Gabon

The ILSI Research Foundation is co-organizing a regional meeting with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health on gene drive technology in Central Africa.

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At the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting, ILSI North America is organizing a scientific session on The Intersection Between Food Sustainability and Health. This session  will examine the intersection of food sustainability and health, with a look at current practices, challenges and research gaps. A food systems approach to environmental sustainability of food production will also be discussed, as well as the health and environmental impacts of different diets. The session will conclude with a look to the future – putting ideas into action for meaningful change. 

Speakers

Ferruzzi, M

Mario Ferruzzi, PhD

North Carolina State University

Fraser, E

Evan Fraser, PhD

University of Guelph

Hurst, L.

Lucy Hurst

Economist Intelligence Unit

Lagg, D

Dorothy Lagg

Mars

McInnes, D

David McInnes

DMci Strategies

Agenda Abstracts Bios Agenda

Welcome and Introductions 
Co-Chairs: Mario Ferruzzi, PhD, North Carolina State University and Dorothy Lagg, Mars

Introduction: How Global Food Sustainability and Health Intersect and the Environmental Sustainability of Food Systems
Evan Fraser, PhD, University of Guelph

Growing Trust: Delivering on a New Food, Health & Sustainability Agenda
David McInnes, DMci Strategies

Best Practices from the Food Sustainability Index:  Food Production and Consumption Alignment with Sustainable Practices and the SDGs
Lucy Hurst, Economist Intelligence Unit

Abstracts

How Global Food Sustainability and Health Intersect and the Environmental Sustainability of Food Systems

Evan Fraser, PhD, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Producing enough food for the growing human population while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts from farming is a major global challenge.  Proposed solutions, which commonly focus on boosting production by approximately 70%, increasing yields in unproductive regions, eliminating waste, and reducing meat consumption, are necessary for improving food security. Such solutions may also help humanity reach some of the environmental targets set by international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To date, however, there has been no serious global evaluation as to whether the production of different types of food (and especially fruits and vegetables) is sufficient to meet recommended nutritional dietary requirements for the global population. Nor is it known how much a switch towards a healthier diet might help humanity reduce the environmental impact of food production thus helping meet SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. Here we present the results of such an evaluation and clearly demonstrate that sugars, fats and grains are substantially over-produced at the global level, while fruits, vegetables, and protein production are insufficient to meet current demands. We show that correcting this imbalance could reduce the amount of arable land used by agriculture by 51 million hectares globally, thus helping protect habitat and meet SDGs. At the same time, however, unless consumers adopt a less livestock-intensive diet, the global greenhouse gas emissions from farming will likely rise. 

Growing Trust: Delivering on a New Food, Health & Sustainability Agenda

David McInnes, DMci Strategies, Canada

Can food production be good for the planet and for people? While the food system has demonstrated that it can produce sufficient high-quality and safe food, expectations are rising fast, challenging what is nutritious and sustainable, and even ethical. New voices are weighing in, such as from the investor community which sees new risks of global food production. The bar is rising for anyone involved in or associated with this sector. Governance is taking centre stage. At risk is trust. Food players are being called out for not being genuine or transparent on a breadth of issues – many of which touch on health and sustainability. It is also becoming very clear that systems thinking and new metrics are required to respond to profound change. As this chaotic global agenda unfolds, there are opportunities to break new ground, prosper and substantively improve people’s and the planet’s health. Indeed, we have no choice but to collectively step up.

Best Practices from the Food Sustainability Index: Food Production and Consumption Alignment with Sustainable Practices and the SDGs

Lucy Hurst, Economist Intelligence Unit, London, UK

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Food Sustainability Index (FSI) looks at food, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and diets.  The index looks to understand best practices in national systems that lead to positive outcomes in nutrition, sustainable diets and sustainable production.  The focus of this session will be on the learnings from the sustainable agriculture and nutritional challenges data to understand areas of correlation and best practices.

Since its official launch at the BCFN International Forum in Milan on 1 December 2016, and at the European Parliament a few days later, the Index has been developed to become a globally relevant repository of information, helping policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders to deliver solutions to the food sustainability challenges faced by our planet. Already, it has garnered respect on an international level and it is followed by 80,000 people online.

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Mario Ferruzi, PhD

Mario Ferruzzi is a Professor in the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining North Carolina State University, Dr. Ferruzzi was a Professor at Purdue University in the Departments of Nutrition Science and Food Science (2004-2016).  He also served as a Development Scientist in the Coffee and Tea Beverage Development group at Nestlé Research & Development Center, Marysville, OH and as a Research Scientist the Nutrition & Health and Scientific & Nutritional Support Departments at the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne Switzerland. His research interests are in the area of botanical chemistry with emphasis on translational aspects of nutrition including investigating the impact of the food matrix and processing on bioavailability and metabolism of health promoting phytochemicals. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Dorothy Lagg

Dorothy Lagg is the North America Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA) Director for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. She joined Mars in 1986 and has also held positions in basic research and product development. In her current role, she leads the Mars Wrigley Confectionery SRA Team covering food regulatory and chemical food safety topics. She also represents Mars on committees with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), International Food Information Council (IFIC), the National Confectioners Association (NCA), and the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM). Ms. Lagg received a BS in Chemistry from Bates College, and MS in Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University.  She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Food Technologists, and, a Certified Food Scientist.

Evan Fraser, PhD

Evan Fraser completed a PhD and post-doc at the University of British Columbia and worked at the University of Leeds in the UK between 2003 and 2010. He is the Director of the Arrell Food Institute, a Professor of Geography and holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph. Dr. Fraser is also a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.  His work is on challenges to food security over the next two generations, during which time population growth and climate change threaten to make food harder to produce and more expensive to buy. Dr. Fraser has worked extensively with climate modelers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, and journalists to explore possible solutions to this global challenge. In addition to over 90 academic articles and book chapters, he has written two popular books on food and sustainable agriculture and has had articles published by CNN.com, theguardian.com, ForeignAffairs.com, Ottawa Citizen and The Walrus

David McInnes

David McInnes is the Principal of DMci Strategies; he is a strategic advisor, speaker and facilitator on change and opportunity facing the Canadian food system. For eight years as President & CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), he led national dialogues on a host of issues and advanced policy and strategy solutions for governments and industry sectors. Widely-published on improving competitiveness, McInnes also catalyzed an acclaimed vision for Canada – being the trusted global leader in nutritious and sustainably-produced food.

McInnes is the Chair of WaterAid Canada, which is improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in nearly 40 countries, and he is a Trustee of WaterAid International, based in London, U.K. He is a Global Advisor for Nova Scotia Business Inc., which promotes that province’s exports, a member of Export Development Canada’s Industry Stakeholder Panel, and an advisor to the Delegation of Canada for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.

Previously, McInnes was Vice-President, International Relations at MDS Nordion, the world’s leading supplier of medical isotopes, a role that involved collaborating with multiple United Nations agencies worldwide. McInnes has been a director of the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Life Sciences Council, the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, and the U.S.-based Council of Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals. He published the book "Taking It to the Hill - the Complete Guide to Appearing Before Parliamentary Committees" (2nd edition, University of Ottawa Press).

McInnes is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He resides in Ottawa.

Lucy B. Hurst

Lucy Hurst is the London-based Director of EIU Consulting's Public Policy, Economics and Politics division for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  EIU Consulting is part of the Economist Group.  For the past 10 years, Lucy has directed many of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s public policy research studies, including access to healthcare, women’s economic empowerment, sustainable agriculture and access to finance. She has led key studies on food systems, including the Global Food Security index project, and the Food Sustainability Index. Lucy has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky and a BA in French and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

Join us for this scientific session coordinated by ILSI North America!

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At the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting, ILSI North America is organizing a scientific session on Water II – Water Management for the Future. This session  will examine new and emerging technologies related to water management (including regeneration, conservation, and efficiency improvement) and the impact of these approaches on short and long-term water management and human practice. The session will also focus on emerging technologies and innovations in water management in agricultural systems and in areas and regions affected by climate change. The session will include a Bermuda case example – an island where water conservation and management have been a necessity and long practiced goal.

Speakers

Catley-Carlson, M

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Juror Stockholm Water Prize

Evett, S

Steven Evett, PhD

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Lemke, S

Shawna Lemke, PhD

Monsanto

Lewis, J

Josette Lewis, PhD

Environmental Defense Fund

Smith, G

Geoff Smith, PhD

Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Agenda Abstracts Bios Agenda

Welcome and Introductions
Co-Chairs: Shawna Lemke, PhD, Monsanto and Josette Lewis, PhD, Environmental Defense Fund

Chasing the Water Sustainability Rainbow?
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Juror Stockholm Water Prize; former Chair Suez Environment and World Economic Forum Advisory Boards on Water Management

Emerging Technologies for Water Management & Conservation 
Steven Evett, PhD, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and President – American Society of Agronomy

Bermuda’s Freshwater Cycle: Capture, Conservation and Water Quality Management 
Geoff Smith, PhD, Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Abstracts

Chasing the Water Sustainability Rainbow?

Margaret Catley-Carlson, OC, Founding Chair, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water; Chair and subsequent Patron, Global Water Partnership; Chair, Suez Environment Water Advisory Committee, Former President Canadian International Development Agency, Deputy Minister Health and Welfare, Canada, USA and International

We are of course NOT running out of water: we have the same amount as the worlds of the dinosaurs and Julius Caesar.  Because such a small amount is fresh water at any one stage of the water cycle, because most fresh water is frozen, and 90% of the unfrozen water is underground, there will always be water – somewhere. BUT: rapid population growth, over abstraction, exhaustion of surface sources, pollution, insufficient infrastructure, climate related change and above all the absence of incentives and good management combine to create water stress to an increasing portion of the global population during some part of the year. Worse, more migration, famine and more shortage lie ahead. Science and technology play an important role in offering solutions – from less thirsty crops, to better forecasting of weather events, to water treatment allowing reuse and recycling, to metering and monitoring to more energy efficient desalination plants, and more. All of these require infrastructure and better resource management in a world resistant to increased public expenditure or paying for water services, criss-crossed by international boundaries, bound by arcane laws (where laws exist). The struggle for better management of the resource, and for reaching the 2 billion now without access to safely managed drinking water is literally about life and death. Guidelines, models and tools exist to improve management; science is key here. International sustainability goals propose objectives and timelines. Is it chasing rainbows to imagine humans can or will move toward more sustainable water management? The pot of gold is continued existence for many life forms, sufficient food, prosperity, and improved health. No water, no life.

Emerging Technologies for Water Management & Conservation

Steven R. Evett, USDA Agricultural Research Service, President - American Society of Agronomy, Beltsville, Maryland, USA

Much of history involves the rise and fall of civilizations as water resources varied with climate change, and as water management technologies and methodologies changed and either succeeded or failed to cope with change. Humans have managed water resources for many thousands of years, and there have always been emerging technologies that have changed human capabilities both to use water and to manage water use. Water diversion structures and canal systems allowed early civilizations to flourish in Central Asia, the Fertile Crescent, China, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. Piping was introduced in China several thousand years ago in association with brine pumping for salt production, and examples of pipe systems have been found in ancient Mesopotamian and Central Asian cities. The Romans elevated the art of hydraulic engineering including aqueducts and piping systems, the latter under pressure, spreading these technologies across the Middle East, Egypt, Europe and the British Isles. The growth of cities has always depended on the advancing technologies for urban and agricultural water management, but because agricultural irrigation consumes between 70% and 80% of freshwater supplies worldwide, it is becoming critical that emerging technologies keep pace with expanding needs for food, feed, fiber and agricultural byproducts. In the US, agriculture provides 49% of crop market value on the 18% of cultivated lands that are irrigated. Although irrigated area has ceased to expand in the US, it is still expanding in other countries. Paradoxically, due to technological innovation and adoption, expanding irrigation is not equivalent to increasing water demand for irrigation even though production from irrigated lands has grown steadily. The rapid adoption of pressurized irrigation systems, now covering 65% of U.S. irrigated lands, has eliminated the large water losses in surface irrigation systems, resulting in declining irrigation water consumption even as irrigated acreage remains stable. Today, emerging technologies in satellite data fusion, proximal crop and soil sensing systems, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, variable rate irrigation systems, the internet of things, and plant breeding and genomics are merging to enable the sustainable intensification of production with existing resources by using a systems approach that involves all aspects of genetics, environment, management, sociology and technology.

Bermuda’s Freshwater Cycle: Capture, Conservation, and Water Quality Management

Geoff Smith, PhD, Environmental Engineer, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bermuda

Bermuda’s very picturesque houses with their characteristic white limestone guttered roofs are a direct outcome of the approach taken by early settlers to manage freshwater.  Bermuda has high annual rainfall but its freshwater resources are very limited as a result of the limestone bedrock being extremely porous.  Rivers do not exist and ponds only occur where the lower lying land is over less permeable peat layers typically at a comparable elevation to the typically brackish water table. As a result of these factors early settlers collected rainwater and eventually it became law to have an 80% roof catch and a water tank sized at 10 gallons for every square foot of roof area.  The regulations were written to ensure that each house had a storage capacity equivalent to 3 months of rainfall. However, for smaller homes with many occupants or during periods of drought it became necessary to have a supplementary supply of water.  Early settlers dug wells and found water ranging from saline to brackish to fresh. Freshwater can typically be found over a 20% area of Bermuda in lenses that sit on the brackish water that sit on top of the seawater. Supplementary supplies developed first by a private company, Watlington Waterworks, were then followed by Government who developed the fresh groundwater resource. Supplemental water is provided by piped main to certain houses whereas others have to rely on water being delivered by truck. Government research focussed on ensuring that the freshwater resource was not negatively impacted by over-abstraction led to the Water Resources Act 1975 and the need to have a Water Right to abstract set limits of water.  The abstraction limit set in the Water Rights is based partly on the estimates of recharge rate of rain to the groundwater. To date there are approximately 4000 Water Rights in Bermuda, most of which are for abstraction wells while others are for disposal boreholes. Wastewater management on a small island can bring challenges.  Domestic sewage disposed to unlined soakaway pits (i.e. cesspits) led to elevated concentrations of nitrate in the groundwater in some densely populated areas, which necessitated all companies abstracting fresh groundwater for potable supply switching up from disinfection to ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis technologies. As the demand for freshwater exceeded the abstraction limit of the allocated Water Rights the primary potable supply company used seawater reverse osmosis as their supplement to their fresh groundwater sources. The Government SWRO system is powered by electrical energy recovered via a steam turbine connected to the Island’s municipal incinerator. In addition to the many cesspits wastewater is also managed at hotels, condominiums and the hospital via aerated waste water treatment plants ranging from secondary to tertiary grade with their discharge after reuse purposes passing to deep sealed borehole. The corporations have sewer mains and dispose of their wastewater to two off-shore outfalls. The regulator encourages new developments to consider wastewater reuse for irrigation and toilet flush water.  The Department of Environment & Natural Resources monitors for potential effects of groundwater nitrogen affecting Bermuda’s near-shore environment via algal growth over the longer term and the Department of Health monitors its beaches daily for faecal bacteria over summer months and reports an extremely low incidence of contamination.       

Bios

Shawna Lemke, PhD

Dr. Shawna Lemke leads Food Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement as part of Monsanto’s Corporate Engagement team.  In this role, Shawna works with companies, NGOs and other stakeholders across the food value chain to find shared opportunities and value for providing healthy and abundant food to a growing world in a sustainable way.

Dr. Lemke has over 15 years of experience in product safety and nutrition in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. She has held roles in managing pre-clinical and clinical phases of drug development, and conducting nutritional and food safety evaluation of products. Dr. Lemke led the clinical program to establish the nutritional value of soybean oil containing the omega-3 fatty acid, stearidonic acid (SDA). She most recently led the Toxicology and Nutrition Center at Monsanto, with oversight of human safety evaluation for crop protection chemicals and crops developed through biotechnology.

Dr. Lemke was born in Southern California and raised in rural Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay and received a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Environmental Sciences. Shawna holds a PhD in Toxicology from Texas A&M University and completed post-doctoral training in Human Nutrition at UC-Davis.

Josette Lewis, PhD

Dr. Lewis joined Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in April 2017 to lead their agriculture work. Prior to EDF, Dr. Lewis was with UC Davis to launch the World Food Center and worked in international business development with Arcadia Biosciences. Before Arcadia, Dr. Lewis spent 16 years at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). As Director of the Office of Agriculture at USAID, she worked with senior levels of the Administration to launch Feed the Future. Dr. Lewis served on the US Secretary of Agriculture’s advisory committee on Agricultural Biotechnology in the 21st Century, the Foundation for Agricultural Research’s Food Systems Innovation Advisory Committee, is a member of the board of trustees for the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation and is a member of the James Beard Foundation Impact Program Advisory Committee.

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Margaret Catley-Carlson operates at the Board level in support of improved water resource management and the twin issues of agricultural productivity and rural development. She is Chair of the PAC section of the Board of Governors of ICIMOD (International Center on Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal), Vice Chair of the Canadian Water Network Board, serves on the Boards of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is a jurist of Stockholm Water Prize and Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and is a member on the Advisory Council of the Syngenta Foundations, the Library of Alexandria, and the World Food Prize.

Catley-Carlson has Chaired Boards of the Crop Diversity Trust, the Global Water Partnership, the Foresight Advisory Committee of the Group Suez, ICARDA, the Water Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, CABI, and as Vice Chair of the IDRC Board and the Canadian Water Network, and as a member of the Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Water.   

She was President of the Canadian International Development Agency 1983-89; Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF in New York 1981-1983; President of the Population Council in New York 1993-98; and Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Welfare of Canada 1989-92. Catley-Carlson has ten honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Steven Evett, PhD

Steven R. Evett is a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Conservation and Production Research Laboratory, Bushland in Texas. Dr. Evett uses field measurements, electronic sensing and automation systems and energy and water balance models to study irrigated and dryland crop water use, irrigation application methods, agronomy and automation as they affect crop water productivity. He also studies and develops soil water content and plant water stress sensors, supervisory control and data acquisition systems to control irrigation systems, decision support systems for irrigation management, and methods to quantify crop water use. In addition to research locations in the USA, Dr. Evett has had research projects in Egypt, the Middle East and Uzbekistan on crop water use, irrigation scheduling and soil water measurement; and he has worked in China, Egypt, Jordan and the USA to build and use weighing lysimeters to measure crop water use. Since 2003, Dr. Evett has been the ARS research coordinator for the Middle East Regional Irrigation Management Information Systems (MERIMIS) Project, which has research and extension partners in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (http://www.merimis.org/). He is a graduate of the University of Idaho (B.S. chemistry) and the University of Arizona (M.S. and Ph.D., soil and water science), and was raised on an irrigated dairy farm in Southern Idaho. Dr. Evett is President (2018) of the American Society of Agronomy, and a Fellow of the Society and of the Soil Science Society of America. Dr. Evett is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, USDA ARS, and he served as the ARS Acting National Program Leader for water resources in 2016. He is past associate editor of Agronomy Journal and of the Vadose Zone Journal, and he currently is on the Editorial Board of Agricultural Water Management. Dr. Evett is author/coauthor of 293 publications, including 3 patents, 145 peer-reviewed journal articles and 24 book chapters, and is coeditor of two books.

Geoff Smith, PhD

Geoff Smith is the Environmental Engineer who heads up the Pollution Control section of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources for the Government of Bermuda. In addition to amending environmental legislation, this role, together with the Hydrogeologist and Environmental Officer, includes administering the requirements of the Clean Air Act, Water Resources Act and associated regulations in addition to providing oil spill response and other specialised environmental and chemical input to a range of issues that can arise on a remote Island in the Atlantic Ocean.  As a technical manager at the Defence Research Agency in the UK, Dr. Smith’s projects included working towards compliance of UK warships to various environmental requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). He was also an advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence while serving on a NATO Special Working Group. Retrofitting membrane bioreactor technology to a Royal Navy Frigate for black and grey water treatment was one of the positive outcomes. Monitoring the environmental impact, clean-up and natural attenuation of the oil spill in the Gulf of Arabia over 1992 and 1993 was provided as part of an EU funded project to establish a marine wildlife sanctuary in an area that was due to be designated with international protection status. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Wales; Bangor (BSc Chemistry & Chemical Oceanography) and he completed his PhD at the School of Ocean Sciences, U.C. Wales; Bangor.

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At the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting, a special session is being organized on Science Serving Society. The purpose of this session is to highlight specific programs that clearly demonstrate ILSI´s significant contributions to the theme, with an emphasis on multi-year, multi-partner programs with demonstrable impact.

Speakers

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Cristiana Corrêa, PhD

Planitox and Brazilian Institute of Toxicology

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Mauro Fisberg, PhD

Federal University of São Paulo and PENSI Institute, Brazil

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Georgina Gómez, MSc

University of Costa Rica

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Mitsuru Katase, PhD

Fuji Oil Co., Ltd.

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Tobias Recker, PhD

ILSI Europe

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Andrew Roberts, PhD

ILSI Research Foundation

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Jessie Usaga, PhD

University of Costa Rica

Carmela Velázquez

Carmela Velazquez

University of Costa Rica

Agenda Abstracts Bios Agenda

8:00 a.m. Development of a Rapid Identification Method for Food Bacteria and Molds: MALDI-TOF MS Project
Dr. Mitsuru Katase, Fuji Oil Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan

8:30 a.m. Evaluation of the Acute and Chronic Food Consumption by the Brazilian Population through the Family Budget Survey (POF 2008-2009 – IBGE) to Assess Pesticide Dietary Exposure
Dr. Cristiana Corrêa, Planitox and Brazilian Institute of Toxicology (IBTox), Brazil

9:00 a.m. Validation of Safety Control Measures and Pathogen Reduction Steps for the Safe Production of Traditional Artisanal Dairy Products from the Mesoamerican Region
Dr. Jessie Usaga, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

9:30 a.m. BREAK

10:00 a.m. Microbiota – The Gut-Brain Axis
Dr. Tobias Recker, ILSI Europe, Belgium

10:30 a.m. Latin American Health and Nutrition Study – Part II
Dr. Mauro Fisberg, Federal University of São Paulo and PENSI Institute, Brazil and Ms. Georgina Gómez, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

11:00 a.m. Gene Drive Technology for Malaria Control
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Chaired by Professor Carmela Velazquez, University of Costa Rica

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Abstracts

Development of a Rapid Identification Method for Food Bacteria and Molds:  MALDI-TOF MS Project

Mitsuru Katase, PhD, Fuji Oil Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan, Expert members of Microbiological Food Safety Task Force in ILSI Japan, NITE Biological Resource Center (NBRC*)

Spoilage of food products due to microorganisms is one of major problems. Information on the safety risk should be obtained as soon as possible when the spoilage occurs. Identification of the spoilage bacteria and molds is extremely essential, but current methods need hours or days, namely they are very time-consuming. We evaluated a novel rapid technique which gives results in minutes for identification of food microorganisms and will verify the standard protocol. The novel technique is based on Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), which is run at low cost: $ 0.20/sample by protein fingerprinting. Microbial strain library is very important for fingerprinting with molecules composed mainly of microorganism-specific ribosomal protein. But, as this technique started in the clinical field, the library included mainly clinical bacteria. We, Microbiological Food Safety Task Force as one made much effort to convince the equipment manufacturers to expand the library for spoilage bacteria in food industry and provided them with known microbial strains owned by Japan Canners Association. We also held a symposium to share the information with food industry in Japan. The activity finished a feasibility study of application of new methodologies to identification of food microorganisms. However, mold identification by MALDI-TOF MS is still unstable and difficult. Therefore, it has started the collaborative study of the methodologies for molds with NBRC*. As mentioned above, the key to success so far was to design an elaborate framework of the technique and to network various stakeholders. Once the technique is fully established, it will drastically speed up the product inspections to ensure the microbiological food safety of products and to solve microbiological problems. And, it is expected that all stakeholders in the food industry will share the information on the new technique with each other, which will surely strengthen the whole industry and benefit the consumers.

*A national research institute of Japan 

Evaluation of the Acute and Chronic Food Consumption by the Brazilian Population through the Family Budget Survey (POF 2008-2009 – IBGE) to Assess Pesticide Dietary Exposure

Laura B. Valério; Mariana C. N. Pais; Andreia N. O. Jardim; CRISTIANA L. CORRÊA*; Heloísa Kalvan; Márcia Pala; Renata Volpi; Simone Guimarães * Scientific Director at IBTox – Brazilian Institute of Toxicology and Scientific Coordinator at the Agrochemical´s Task Force/ILSI Brazil.

In Brazil, the Family Budget Surveys (POF) are performed periodically by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), which aims at obtaining information on the consumption habits of the families surveyed, using households as collection units (IBGE, 2017). The information on the individual consumption of food products were obtained through the Food Consumption Unit, also known as POF 7, in the survey performed in 2008/2009, in which subjects from 10 years of age were asked to provide a detailed report of the daily food consumption during two non-consecutive days (IBGE, 2011). The results were listed in the final consumption form, i.e., as raw (in natura), processed or prepared (recipes) food products. Therefore, in order to use these consumption data in risk assessment studies of dietary residues and contaminants, prepared food products were dismembered into their initial ingredients and processed food products were associated to their respective natural foods. At the end of this process, the amounts of each recipe item corresponding to the fresh ingredient could be added to the amounts of these same products directly consumed as raw (in natura) foods. The process described above was performed in the first phase of the project. At the end, the average individual consumption of raw foods by the Brazilian population in the 5 main regions (North, South, Middlewest, Northeast and Southeast) was calculated with the aim of using this data in the chronic exposure evaluation of chemical substances present in food products. However, for the acute exposure calculation, which occurs in a single meal or during 24 hours, the highest consumption values are used, often referring to the 97.5 percentile of the consumption distribution, also known as large portion (LP) of consumption. This evaluation addresses the risk of ingesting a chemical substance present at high concentrations in a food product, which in turn will be consumed in high amounts, in one single day. Given the importance of the acute exposure evaluation both nationally and worldwide, and the current discussions regarding this subject, the second phase was developed using the data obtained in the first phase. For the first time, a public tool was created with national and realistic values of large portion of food consumption (both LP and LPbw), as well as reference of a number of national unit weight (U) of commodities, thus contributing to the country’s scientific development and enabling the performance of acute dietary risk assessment with more current data of consumption by the Brazilian population. The data generated will be further used in the acute and chronic dietary risk assessment, aiming to understand if it is safe to consume food products containing pesticide residues in Brazil.

Validation of Safety Control Measures and Pathogen Reduction Steps for the Safe Production of Traditional Artisanal Dairy Products from the Mesoamerican Region

Jessie Usaga and D. Viquez, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica; E. Wong, Department of Food Technology, University of Costa Rica (UCR)

Artisanal dairy products have caused numerous foodborne outbreaks in the Mesoamerican region due to deficient application of Good Manufacturing Practices and a lack of safety control measures, such as milk pasteurization. Nevertheless, most regional producers still rely on traditional approaches, including dry salting, mild heat treatments, and mild acidification, as sole pathogen reduction steps to ensure the safety of highly consumed traditional products. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to confirm the effectiveness of these measures in controlling the pathogens of public health concern. Therefore, this project aims to obtain science-based data to determine the adequacy of the currently applied control measures, and to develop guidelines for the safe processing of these products. Three highly consumed products in the region (a dry salted cheese, a traditional fermented milk, and a stretched-curd cheese) are under investigation. At least 15 local producers have been visited (3 independent visits per producer), to evaluate compliance of GMPs, based on local regulations, and to document the formulation and processing conditions followed by these producers. No formal scientific guidelines regarding these products are yet available. During visits, products were sampled to characterize their physicochemical properties, and to evaluate their microbial quality (presence of generic E. coli and L. monocytogenes has been determined). Overall, basic GMPs were not in compliance and a large proportion of the visited producers do not apply a pasteurization step to the milk, and do not consistently apply any standardized control measures to ensure the safety and microbial stability of their products. Models of three common dairy products were developed at a pilot plant scale, based on producers’ specifications: dry salted cheese, fermented milk, and pulled-curd cheese. For the dry salted cheese, the effects of salting method (dry and moist) and cheese size (two different sizes commonly used by cheese makers) on the pH, water activity, sodium content and probability of pathogen growth are under investigation. For the case of fermented milk, the effect of factors such as fermentation temperature (refrigeration, room temperature, 37ºC) and use of starter cultures, on the growth of lactic acid bacteria and milk acidification kinetics have been evaluated. Finally, for the pulled-curd cheese the heat penetration during the curd stretching step and the potential of pathogen growth in the cheese (after molding) have been analyzed. The most important findings collected so far have been employed to develop standardized guidelines and teaching materials (in Spanish and lay terms), to encourage the safe production of these products. Training activities have also been held to validate the adequacy of these materials. This project will contribute to the training of artisanal producers and hopefully will eventually facilitate the establishment of regional dairy safety regulations.

Latin American Health and Nutrition Study – Part II

Mauro Fisberg, The Instituto Pensi, Fundação Jose Luiz Egydio Setubal, Hospital Infantil Sabara, São Paulo, Brazil; The Departamento de Pediatria, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Georgina Gómez, Department of Biochesmistry, School of Medicine, University of Costa Rica.

The ELANS (Latin American Health and Nutrition Study) is a transversal, multicenter study conducted in adolescents and adults living in urban areas of eight Latin America countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). The aim of the study was to provide up-to-date, reliable and comparable data of dietary intake, physical activity, and nutritional status among representative urban populations stratified by region, cultural background, socioeconomic status, age and gender. This study adds new scientific-based evidence to describe the interplay among datary intake, physical activity, and anthropometric measurements.

A random complex, multistage sampling was performed to select a representative sample of the urban household population, to obtain a final sample of 9,218 individuals, 15–65 y of age, stratified by geographical location, gender, age and socioeconomic status. Two non-consecutive 24-hour dietary recalls collected between 2014 and 2015 were used to evaluated dietary intake and processed by Nutritional Data System for Research (NDS-R). Physical Activity (PA) was estimated with the International Questionnaire of Physical Activity (IPAQ), and an objective measure of the PA for 40 % of the sample was obtained through the use of the accelerometers during 7 valid days.

Overall, mean energy intake (EI) was 1959 kcal, with a balanced distribution of macronutrients (54% carbohydrates, 30% fats and 16% proteins). Main food sources of energy were grains, pasta, and bread (28%), followed by meat and eggs (19%), oils and fats (10%) and non-alcoholic homemade beverages (6%) and ready-to-drink beverages (6%). More than 25% of EI was provided from food sources rich in sugar and fat, sugary drinks, pastries, chips, and candies. Meanwhile, only 18% of EI was from food sources rich in fiber and micronutrients, such as whole grains, roots, fruits, vegetables, beans, fish and nuts. No critical differences were observed by sex or age. A high prevalence (>95%) of inadequate dietary intake of vitamin D, was observed in both genders for all eight countries. Significant differences were observed in dietary intake of Calcium and Vitamin C between countries related to the differences on c food sources and only an inadequate intake of iron was observed among Brazilians specially in fertile age woman. The prevalence of physically active individuals was 52,5%, ranging from 35.4% in Venezuela to 78.3% in Ecuador. Men were more active than women in all eight countries. A high prevalence of excess weight (BMI>25 kg/m2) is present in all countries, accounting for 60% of the participants. This prevalence is higher in women than in men in all countries except for Argentina and Chile. Colombia is the country with the lowest prevalence of obesity (15%), while Chile is the country with the highest (27%).

Since this is a unique study that provide up-dated data on nutrition and physical activity in Latin Americans with a detailed, simultaneous and standardized methodology, the results of this study would be of the greatest actionable value to determine the dietary patterns and energy and nutrient intakes for the developing of dietary recommendations and policies to address the adverse consequences of inappropriate dietary patterns and physical inactivity.

Gene Drive Technology for Malaria Control

Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Malaria continues to be a devastating disease, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the deadliest malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) is transmitted by the most efficient vector mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae). Concerted efforts to reduce the incidence of malaria in the 21st century through a combination of public awareness, medication, pesticide control of vectors and the widespread distribution of insecticide treated bed nets has achieved impressive gains. However, insecticide resistant vectors, drug resistant plasmodium and the unsustainable cost of control efforts threaten to reverse these gains.

Malaria control efforts are exploring new technologies to support existing control methods, and one of these is the use of gene drives targeting the vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae. Designed to introduce a rapidly spreading genetic element into wild mosquito populations to either suppress the vector or reduce its ability to vector the disease, gene drives have the potential to help malaria control efforts reach the critical “last mile” goal of breaking the cycle of parasitism and ending malaria. But before a gene drive can be used in the environment, regulators need to understand how to assess the potential risks.

In cooperation with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), the ILSI Research Foundation is working with African scientists and regulators to introduce the science behind the gene drive concept and begin the task of scoping future risk assessments. This process is referred to as “problem formulation” and, done well, facilitates a transparent and credible risk assessment to inform future decision making.

Bios

Cristiana Corrêa, PhD

Cristiana Leslie Corrêa is the Technical Director at Planitox – The Science-based Toxicology Company and Scientific Director at the Brazilian Institute of Toxicology (IBTox), Campinas, S.P; Brazil. Her research interests focus on Human Health Risk Assessment, working as a toxicologist consultant in registration and reevaluation process of chemicals, food ingredients and agrochemicals. Cristiana has written some books, chapters of books and peer-reviewed publications in the field of Toxicology. She is a Member of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI)/Brazil in the Scientific Committee. Cristiana earned a Masters Degree in Toxicological Analysis and PhD in Toxicology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil and became a specialist in Toxicological Risk Assessment at the Postgraduate Education in Toxicology Program at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Mauro Fisberg, PhD, MD

Dr. Fisberg is a pediatrician and nutrologist in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is the coordinator of the Nutrology and Feeding Difficulties Center- Pensi Institute - Fundação José Luiz Setubal - Sabará Children's Hospital Sao Paulo- Brazil. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Escola Paulista de Medicina - Federal University of Sao Paulo- UNIFESP. Dr. Fisberg serves as a Scientific Coordinator of the Healthy Life Style Task Force and is member of the Board ILSI Brazil. He is a past President and General Secretary of the Latin American Society for Pediatric Research-SLAIP as well as an alumnus of the World Hunger Program- United Nations University and the Kellog's Foundation Leadership Program- Partners of the Americas.

Georgina Gómez, ND MSc.

MSc. Gómez is a full professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica where she has been working and studying for the last 25 years. She is a nutritionist, who graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a Masters Degree in Biochemistry and a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition. As a principal investigator of the Latin American Nutrition and Health Study (ELANS)-Costa Rica, she is leading the dietary assessment of urban Costa Rican population.

Andrew Roberts, PhD

Dr. Andrew F. Roberts is the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation, where he is responsible for programs addressing environmental risk assessment and food safety assessment for biotechnology. Dr. Roberts joined the ILSI Research Foundation in December 2009 as the Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), where his first tasks included developing tools and materials for use in training and capacity building related to the problem formulation approach to environmental risk assessment published by the Research Foundation (Wolt et al 2009). He has served as the coordinator for CERA’s capacity building projects under the USAID funded South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) and the World Bank funded Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation, in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Vietnam as well as providing technical support for capacity building work in Brazil, India, Japan, Chile, and South Africa. In January of 2015 he became the director of CERA as well as the Center for Safety Assessment of Food and Feed (CSAFF), which works on food and feed safety assessment for foods derived from genetically engineered plants. In January 2017, he became the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation.

Prior to joining ILSI RF, Dr. Roberts worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in several different capacities, all related to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. He began his career at USDA as an AAAS Risk Policy Fellow in the Office of Science of Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS), the group responsible for regulating genetically engineered plants at USDA. After spending a year in the New Technologies office of the Foreign Agricultural Service serving as the lead for USDA’s efforts related to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, he returned to BRS to serve in the International Affairs branch where he remained until joining ILSI RF.

Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University where he worked on signal transduction in the model nematode C. elegans.

Jessie Usaga, PhD

Dr. Usaga currently holds a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Food Technology at the University of Costa Rica. She received a B.S. degree in Food Technology from the University of Costa Rica in 2006, and a Ph.D. degree in Food Science, with minors in microbiology and food engineering, at Cornell University in 2014, where she co-authored 8 peer-reviewed publications regarding juice and beverage safety assurance. Between 2016 and 2017, Dr. Usaga was a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University, where she managed the laboratory at the High Pressure Processing (HPP) Validation Center, worked on developing protocols for the validation of high pressure processed foods and conducted several microbial challenge studies and research. Her area of expertise includes product development, food microbiology, food quality and safety. Her current primary focus of research emphasizes on processing and microbiology of traditional and artisanal foods, including the application of traditional thermal processing and nonthermal emerging technologies for safety assurance (UV light, membrane filtration, and HPP). Dr. Usaga is a Process Authority for acidified foods, and an active member of ILSI Mesoamerica, IFT, and IAFP. She promotes the involvement of students with these organizations through their participation in international product development and research competitions. Her mentees have been awarded with first place in multiple competitions organized by IFT, IUFoST, and the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology. This year, Dr. Usaga is honored to receive the Malaspina International Scholars Travel Award which motivates her to pursue her personal and professional aspirations of promoting food safety through research and extension initiatives and supporting local food companies by providing training and technical advice in food processing and safety.

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At the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting, ILSI North America is organizing a scientific session on The Intersection Between Food Sustainability and Health. This session  will examine the intersection of food sustainability and health, with a look at current practices, challenges and research gaps. A food systems approach to environmental sustainability of food production will also be discussed, as well as the health and environmental impacts of different diets. The session will conclude with a look to the future – putting ideas into action for meaningful change. 

Speakers

Ferruzzi, M

Mario Ferruzzi, PhD

North Carolina State University

Fraser, E

Evan Fraser, PhD

University of Guelph

Hurst, L.

Lucy Hurst

Economist Intelligence Unit

Lagg, D

Dorothy Lagg

Mars

McInnes, D

David McInnes

DMci Strategies

Agenda Abstracts Bios Agenda

Welcome and Introductions 
Co-Chairs: Mario Ferruzzi, PhD, North Carolina State University and Dorothy Lagg, Mars

Introduction: How Global Food Sustainability and Health Intersect and the Environmental Sustainability of Food Systems
Evan Fraser, PhD, University of Guelph

Growing Trust: Delivering on a New Food, Health & Sustainability Agenda
David McInnes, DMci Strategies

Best Practices from the Food Sustainability Index:  Food Production and Consumption Alignment with Sustainable Practices and the SDGs
Lucy Hurst, Economist Intelligence Unit

Abstracts

How Global Food Sustainability and Health Intersect and the Environmental Sustainability of Food Systems

Evan Fraser, PhD, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Producing enough food for the growing human population while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts from farming is a major global challenge.  Proposed solutions, which commonly focus on boosting production by approximately 70%, increasing yields in unproductive regions, eliminating waste, and reducing meat consumption, are necessary for improving food security. Such solutions may also help humanity reach some of the environmental targets set by international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To date, however, there has been no serious global evaluation as to whether the production of different types of food (and especially fruits and vegetables) is sufficient to meet recommended nutritional dietary requirements for the global population. Nor is it known how much a switch towards a healthier diet might help humanity reduce the environmental impact of food production thus helping meet SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. Here we present the results of such an evaluation and clearly demonstrate that sugars, fats and grains are substantially over-produced at the global level, while fruits, vegetables, and protein production are insufficient to meet current demands. We show that correcting this imbalance could reduce the amount of arable land used by agriculture by 51 million hectares globally, thus helping protect habitat and meet SDGs. At the same time, however, unless consumers adopt a less livestock-intensive diet, the global greenhouse gas emissions from farming will likely rise. 

Growing Trust: Delivering on a New Food, Health & Sustainability Agenda

David McInnes, DMci Strategies, Canada

Can food production be good for the planet and for people? While the food system has demonstrated that it can produce sufficient high-quality and safe food, expectations are rising fast, challenging what is nutritious and sustainable, and even ethical. New voices are weighing in, such as from the investor community which sees new risks of global food production. The bar is rising for anyone involved in or associated with this sector. Governance is taking centre stage. At risk is trust. Food players are being called out for not being genuine or transparent on a breadth of issues – many of which touch on health and sustainability. It is also becoming very clear that systems thinking and new metrics are required to respond to profound change. As this chaotic global agenda unfolds, there are opportunities to break new ground, prosper and substantively improve people’s and the planet’s health. Indeed, we have no choice but to collectively step up.

Best Practices from the Food Sustainability Index: Food Production and Consumption Alignment with Sustainable Practices and the SDGs

Lucy Hurst, Economist Intelligence Unit, London, UK

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Food Sustainability Index (FSI) looks at food, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and diets.  The index looks to understand best practices in national systems that lead to positive outcomes in nutrition, sustainable diets and sustainable production.  The focus of this session will be on the learnings from the sustainable agriculture and nutritional challenges data to understand areas of correlation and best practices.

Since its official launch at the BCFN International Forum in Milan on 1 December 2016, and at the European Parliament a few days later, the Index has been developed to become a globally relevant repository of information, helping policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders to deliver solutions to the food sustainability challenges faced by our planet. Already, it has garnered respect on an international level and it is followed by 80,000 people online.

Bios

Mario Ferruzi, PhD

Mario Ferruzzi is a Professor in the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining North Carolina State University, Dr. Ferruzzi was a Professor at Purdue University in the Departments of Nutrition Science and Food Science (2004-2016).  He also served as a Development Scientist in the Coffee and Tea Beverage Development group at Nestlé Research & Development Center, Marysville, OH and as a Research Scientist the Nutrition & Health and Scientific & Nutritional Support Departments at the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne Switzerland. His research interests are in the area of botanical chemistry with emphasis on translational aspects of nutrition including investigating the impact of the food matrix and processing on bioavailability and metabolism of health promoting phytochemicals. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Dorothy Lagg

Dorothy Lagg is the North America Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA) Director for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. She joined Mars in 1986 and has also held positions in basic research and product development. In her current role, she leads the Mars Wrigley Confectionery SRA Team covering food regulatory and chemical food safety topics. She also represents Mars on committees with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), International Food Information Council (IFIC), the National Confectioners Association (NCA), and the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM). Ms. Lagg received a BS in Chemistry from Bates College, and MS in Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University.  She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Food Technologists, and, a Certified Food Scientist.

Evan Fraser, PhD

Evan Fraser completed a PhD and post-doc at the University of British Columbia and worked at the University of Leeds in the UK between 2003 and 2010. He is the Director of the Arrell Food Institute, a Professor of Geography and holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph. Dr. Fraser is also a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.  His work is on challenges to food security over the next two generations, during which time population growth and climate change threaten to make food harder to produce and more expensive to buy. Dr. Fraser has worked extensively with climate modelers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, and journalists to explore possible solutions to this global challenge. In addition to over 90 academic articles and book chapters, he has written two popular books on food and sustainable agriculture and has had articles published by CNN.com, theguardian.com, ForeignAffairs.com, Ottawa Citizen and The Walrus

David McInnes

David McInnes is the Principal of DMci Strategies; he is a strategic advisor, speaker and facilitator on change and opportunity facing the Canadian food system. For eight years as President & CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), he led national dialogues on a host of issues and advanced policy and strategy solutions for governments and industry sectors. Widely-published on improving competitiveness, McInnes also catalyzed an acclaimed vision for Canada – being the trusted global leader in nutritious and sustainably-produced food.

McInnes is the Chair of WaterAid Canada, which is improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in nearly 40 countries, and he is a Trustee of WaterAid International, based in London, U.K. He is a Global Advisor for Nova Scotia Business Inc., which promotes that province’s exports, a member of Export Development Canada’s Industry Stakeholder Panel, and an advisor to the Delegation of Canada for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.

Previously, McInnes was Vice-President, International Relations at MDS Nordion, the world’s leading supplier of medical isotopes, a role that involved collaborating with multiple United Nations agencies worldwide. McInnes has been a director of the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Life Sciences Council, the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, and the U.S.-based Council of Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals. He published the book "Taking It to the Hill - the Complete Guide to Appearing Before Parliamentary Committees" (2nd edition, University of Ottawa Press).

McInnes is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He resides in Ottawa.

Lucy B. Hurst

Lucy Hurst is the London-based Director of EIU Consulting's Public Policy, Economics and Politics division for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  EIU Consulting is part of the Economist Group.  For the past 10 years, Lucy has directed many of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s public policy research studies, including access to healthcare, women’s economic empowerment, sustainable agriculture and access to finance. She has led key studies on food systems, including the Global Food Security index project, and the Food Sustainability Index. Lucy has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky and a BA in French and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

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