ILSI’s achieves its mission to provide science improving human health and well-being and safeguarding the environment by creating a platform for cooperation among experts from industry, government, academia, and other research and health organizations. We actively design our programs to foster multi-sector collaboration conducting, summarizing, and disseminating science related to the world’s most pressing health issues.
Better decisions affecting public and environmental health and safety are made when they are based on good science. ILSI believes its science – as part of the larger body of scientific information – helps industries make safer, healthier products and helps governments, civil society organizations, and individual health professionals provide effective and practical guidance to promote safety, health, and well-being.
Thematic Areas Provide Focus
ILSI strategy encourages global action on identifying and then resolving outstanding scientific questions in four thematic areas that capture the core of ILSI’s work. These focus areas provide structure for responding to and raising awareness of important issues society faces. They also help elucidate new opportunities for driving scientific progress.
Food and Water Safety
ILSI science on chemical, microbial, and viral contamination of food and drinking water has helped improved safety from farm to table and source to bottle.
Nutrition and Health
ILSI improves scientific understanding of macronutrients, essential micronutrients, and food components that contribute to health beyond basic nutrition. We also explore the complex mix of physiologic and psychological factors contributing to overweight and obesity and their comorbidities.
Risk Science and Toxicology
ILSI’s very first work in 1978 focused on the toxicology and risk / benefit of food ingredients. Since then, our clinical research and translation of science into practical tools has expanded to many areas of risk science, including its application to environmental safety; food and water safety; drug safety; and consumer product safety.
Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security
ILSI’s science and technical capacity building programs are making it possible for the world community to make informed decisions about what it will take to meet future nutrition needs in safe, sustainable ways.