News ILSI Mesoamerica
January – February
From January 19 to 23, 2018 ILSI Global held its annual meeting, this being a special occasion since the organization celebrated its 40th anniversary. During this meeting ILSI Mesoamerica had an outstanding participation in the Session called “Science Serving Society”, which was directed by Professor Carmela Velázquez of the CITA -UCR, Costa Rica and during two important projects were presented:
- Latin American Nutrition and Health Study (ELANS) by professors Georgina Gómez and Mauro Fisberg, principal investigators of the project.
- Validation of control measures to reduce pathogens and ensure the safety of three artisan dairy products produced in the Mesoamerican region, by Dr. Jessie Usaga
If you want to know the poster presented at the annual meeting you can see it here.
On February 6, ILSI Mesoamerica held its General Assembly for this 2018. This time it was attended by many of the industrial partners and academic allies, as well as special guests. As part of the agenda, all the reports corresponding to the year 2017 and the work plan for 2018 were presented.
After this, the process of election of the positions for Board of Directors was carried out. The Assembly unanimously decided to re-elect all the positions that were in election. To know more details of the Assembly, you can do it here.
March – June
We celebrated the first graduation work approved at the University of Costa Rica with a project supported by ILSI Mesoamerica. On March 13, 2018, the student of the Food Engineering career at the University of Costa Rica, Gloriana Rodríguez Herrera, defended her final graduation work developed within the framework of the project: “Validation of control measures to reduce pathogens and ensure the safety of three artisanal dairy products produced in the Mesoamerican region, “which is funded by ILIP Global’s PIP program.
During the months of April and May, the Codex Process and Codeine Training Workshop was held for Central America and the Dominican Republic. During two days per country we worked with all the Government Officials and representatives of the academy that are part of the National Codex Alimentarius Commissions of each country. In the month of April, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala were visited. During the month of May, Panama and the Dominican Republic were visited. The workshop in Nicaragua is pending.
Risk Analysis and Biotechnology Committee organized the Workshop – Food Additives Symposium: risk analysis, toxicology and market trends, took place on May 15, 16 and 17, during the first part of the event a special workshop was held for officials of the governments of Central America. The second part of the event was an open symposium for the food industry, academics and students. Finally, there was a total participation of 85 people both in person and online.
June – July
ILSI Mesoamerica is pleased to announce the start of work of the Food Fortification Sub-committee with topics related to innovation, vehicles for food fortification, voluntary fortifications, among others. In addition, Committee of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Medical Devices restarted its work, through a conference for representatives of the pharmaceutical industry called “Nanotechnology and the challenge in the Pharmaceutical Industry”, dictated by Dr. José Vega of LANOTEC.
On July 16 in San José, Costa Rica, the results and the second stage of the Central American Research Project applied in childhood and adolescence in human movement, psychomotricity and health (REDCIMOVI), by researchers María Fernanda Herrera, were announced. , Carlos Álvarez and Emmanuel Herrera. This research sought to know the state of health of the Central American context, through the analysis of the prevalence of overweight and obesity, the level of physical activity and self-esteem of children in each of the countries that make up this project.
Likewise, we welcome the Pan-American Agricultural School Zamorano of Honduras and the company Tecnosoluciones Integrales Leiva S.A to the great family of ILSI Mesoamerica.
August – September
On August 22, 23 and 24, 2018, ILSI Mesoamerica had the pleasure of receiving and sharing with representatives of the branches from ILSI Argentina (remotely), ILSI Brazil, ILSI Mexico, ILSI North-Andean and ILSI South-Andean. We also have the participation of the Executive Director of ILSI Research Foundation and current Global Chair of ILSI, Ms. Morven McClean and the Director of Operations of ILSI Global, Mr. Stephane Vidry.
On August 29, 30 and 31, 2018, the second meeting of researchers from the Central American Universities participating in the Central American Network project of applied research in childhood and adolescence in human movement and health (REDCIMOVI) was held.
Each university, through its principal investigator, had the opportunity to present research data carried out between 2017 and 2018.
On September 13, the Committee on Pharmaceutical Affairs and Medical Devices held its second conference of the year, on this occasion, the guests were the representatives of the companies that develop medical devices and the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica. In this occasion, the representatives of the Department of Product Regulation of the Ministry of Health, as well as seven companies of the devices sector, participated.