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

OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology

Paris, France

The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.

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The Gut Microbiome Workshop

Alexandria, VA, United States

A 2-day workshop to address the state of the science and data gaps in gut microbiome research.

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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

Paris, France

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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The Gut Microbiome: Markers of Human Health,

Drug Efficacy and Xenobiotic Toxicity

 

June 25 - 26

Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria - Old Town
625 First Street
Alexandria, Virginia

The gut microbiome is believed to play an important role in human health in areas as diverse as brain function and the immune system.  Exploring host-microbiome interactions will provide a mechanistic understanding and enable new insights in human diseases (i.e., their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment) and new perceptions of xenobiotic efficacy and/or toxicity. This workshop will review the science and initiate discussions on multiple topics, including a) identification of biomarkers of toxicity for alterations in gut microbial function, b) if changes in the microbiome can affect efficacy of medicines and c) if exposure to xenobiotics can eventually result in a disease state through changes in the microbiome.  Conclusions from his workshop will help determine where the data gaps are so that researchers can start answering these questions.

WORKSHOP GOAL
To identify data gaps that can be addressed to help determine if alterations in the gut microbiome have an effect on human health.

Microbiome

WORKSHOP AIMS
1.  To discuss and review the current science on the gut microbiome and identify areas of interest regarding its role in human health
2.  To discuss our understanding on how xenobiotic toxicity affects the microbiome
3.  To understand if there are biomarkers of disease or organ damage due to:
     -  Alterations of microbiome structure and function
     -  Endogenous microbial metabolites

POSTER SESSION
We invite you to submit an abstract for presentation during the poster session on Monday June 25, 2018.Space is limited! Please submit your abstract by Friday June 1, 2018. To submit an abstract for consideration, please send the following to Dr. Connie Chen (cchen@hesiglobal.org).

  • Title
  • Author names and affiliations
  • An abstract of up to 300 words

Register for the workshop here.

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ILSI Research Foundation Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Roberts, will be delivering a presentation on the ILSI Crop Composition Database (CCDB) at the EuropaBio Workshop: The Agronomic and Phenotypic Assessment of Plant Varieties.

Plant breeding is a complex process through which plant varieties are constantly developed and brought to the market every year to improve yield and agronomic performances over existing varieties. During the development of new plant varieties, breeders apply a wide range of well-established methodologies to assess, select, and identify the best varieties to be commercialized.

In the European Union, there are official systems, which were developed decades ago, prescribing the assessment of these new varieties before their commercialization. In addition to meeting the standards on Distinctness, Uniformity, and Stability (DUS), for many crops, a new plant variety must demonstrate its value based on yield performance, resistance to harmful organisms, response to the environment, and quality characteristics as prescribed by the plant variety registration and protection authorities.

The agronomic and phenotypic characterization of genetically modified (GM) plants is one part of the comparative analysis developed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). How agronomic and phenotypic data should be taken from field trials to support the risk assessment of GM plants requires a sound response based on existing knowledge.

The objective of this workshop is to present the approach for the official assessment of plant varieties and to discuss how a similar approach is taken with regard to the risk assessment of GM plants. In addition, since it is part of the EFSA comparative assessment, more information about the availability of data on plant composition will be provided.

Expected participants are from public research, national competent authorities, EFSA, and representatives of the plant breeding industry.

Agenda

Introduction to the Workshop
Presenter: EuropaBio

National Methodology and Protocols for Field Testing of New Plant Varieties
Presenter: French Variety Registration Office (TBC)

Data Availability from the Community Plant Variety Office in the European Union 
Presenter: Cécile Collonnier – The Community Plant Variety Office

Sampling Methodologies Applied to Field Studies for Supporting the Risk Assessment of GM Plants
Presenter: Duska Stojsin – EuropaBio

Discussion 

ILSI Crop Composition Database
Presenter: Andrew Roberts – ILSI Research Foundation

Compositional Data of Plant Varieties
Presenter: Claudia Paoletti – European Food Safety Authority

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The 2nd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project will be held at the Clore Center in Prosser, Washington. Workshop participants will include scientists and extension specialists from the University of Florida, ILSI Research Foundation, Washington State University, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES).

Co-led by the University of Florida and ILSI Research Foundation, the multi-organization team was awarded a four-year grant by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) last year. The team will be using various forms of modeling to study US fruit and vegetable supply chains, with a focus on climate adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

Participants from the Project

Senthold

Dr. Senthold Asseng

University of Florida

Dave Gustafson

Dr. Dave Gustafson

ILSI Research Foundation

Gerrit Hoogenboom (UFL)

Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom

University of Florida

Tina

Ms. Tina Karimi

Washington State University

Chad

Mr. Chad Kruger

Washington State University

John

Dr. John Kruse

WAEES

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Dr. Morven McLean

ILSI Research Foundation

Kati

Dr. Kati Migliaccio

University of Florida

Ranjan Parajuli

Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

University of Arkansas

Kirti

Ms. Kirti Rajagopalan

Washington State University

Washington State University

Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Washington State University

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Mr. Tim Sulser

IFPRI

ILSI Research Foundation Staff Layla Tarar

Ms. Layla Tarar

ILSI Research Foundation

Greg

Dr. Greg Thoma

University of Arkansas

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