2017 Annual Meeting Scientific Sessions Detail



Food Allergies

ILSI North America Scientific Session: 8:00AM to 10:00AM
Developing Science on the Prevention & Management of Food Allergies: Charting a Path Forward

The session will provide an update on the current and emerging science on the prevention and management of allergies, including a discussion on a path forward towards identifying at-risk populations, establishing thresholds and food labeling.

  • Report on the work of the IOM Committee on Food Allergies: Global Burden, Causes, Treatment, Prevention and Public Policy - Virginia Stallings, University of Pennsylvania
  • Food Allergies: Genetic and Environmental Influences - Bruce Mazer, McGill University
  • New Knowledge on Allergen Thresholds - Steve Taylor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Hot Topics on Protein: All Pros, No Cons?

ILSI North America Scientific Session: 10:30AM to 12:30PM
Hot Topics on Protein: All Pros, No Cons?

This session will provide emerging perspectives on protein requirements for humans and food technologies addressing protein quality, sourcing and development.

  • Protein: Appetite Control and Weight  - Heather Leidy, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Protein Requirements: Beyond the RDA - Stuart Phillips, PhD, McMaster University
  • Assessing Protein Quality: Navigating Regulations and Sources - Jim House, PhD, University of Manitoba
  • Protein: Practical Challenges of Product Development, Delivery & Sustainability - Phil Donne, formerly Campbell Soup Canada

Cancer & Food

ILSI North America Scientific Session: 2:00PM to 5:30PM
Cancer & Food –Moving from Toxicology to Whole Diet

This multidisciplinary session will provide a 360-degree overview of past, present and future research and approaches for diet and cancer prevention, etiology, and treatment.

  • What is Cancer? - Stephen Hursting, PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Is Diet Associated with Cancer? - Sue Krebs-Smith, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute
  • What is the Global Impact of Carcinogens in Food? - TBD
  • Can Dietary Interventions Impact Cancer Risk, Enhance Efficacy of Therapy, and Promote Survivorship? - Steve Clinton, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University

Global Food Systems

ILSI Research Foundation Scientific Session: 8:30 AM to 12:10 PM
Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems

Experts will explain how food systems are transforming to meet demand in geographically dispersed towns, small and medium cities, and increasing population concentrations in mega cities. Focus will be on low and middle income countries.

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks - Adam Drewnowski, PhD, University of Washington
  • Urbanization, Food Systems and the Diet Transformation in Developing Countries: What do we know, and what do we need to know? - David Tschirley, PhD, Michigan State University
  • Understanding Drivers of Food Choice in Diverse and Dynamic Settings:  Conceptual and Methodological Innovations - Christine Blake, PhD, RD, University of South Carolina
  • Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition Linkages: Lessons Learned and Emerging Priorities - Suneetha Kadiyala, PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Urbanization and USAID’s Value Chain Approach for Rural Economic Growth - Peter Richards, PhD, US Agency for International Development
  • Sustainable Diets: Can we feed the world well and protect the planet? - Jessica Fanzo, PhD, John Hopkins University



Safe, Reliable Water

ILSI North America Scientific Session: 8:00AM to 10:00AM
Water I: Pursuing a Safe & Reliable Supply

The session will explore the challenges associated with contaminants and toxicities in water & efforts underway to ensure a safe and reliable supply of water.

  • Water as an Essential Nutrient  - Sophie Miquel-Kergoat, Mars Inc.
  • Drinking Water Contamination - Shane Snyder, PhD, University of Arizona
  • Water Disinfection By-Products and their Safety  - Brian Cummings, PhD, University of Georgia
  • Global Lessons Learned: Case Studies on Lead and Arsenic - Alan Roberson, PhD, Corona Environmental Consulting

A follow-up session (“Water: Part II”) will be part of the 2018 scientific program and will focus on water management, sustainability, global supply/distribution, agricultural systems, and environmental factors.


Nutrition & Technology

ILSI North America Scientific Session: 10:30AM to 12: 30PM
Personalized Nutrition & Technology: What’s in it for ME?

This session will review the state of the science and technology in personalized nutrition and discuss benefits of and challenges to implementation.

  • NIH Perspective on Personalized Nutrition - Cindy Davis, PhD, National Institutes of Health
  • Determinants & Challenges of Personalized Nutrition - Paul MacLean, PhD, University of Colorado
  • State of the Science & Technology in Personalized Nutrition - Ben van Ommen, PhD, TNO
  • Case Study  - P4Medicine and 100K Wellness Project - Nathan Price, PhD, Systems Biology
  • Case Study - Customized Vitamin Technology (Rapid VitaMe Technologies) - Saurabh Mehta, MBBS, ScD, Cornell University

One ILSI Discussion

One ILSI Discussion: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
ILSI Global Nutrition Strategy

In 2014, the ILSI Board of Trustees approved the One ILSI Strategic Plan designed to foster cross-branch collaboration in areas of interest to global ILSI network.  In this session, attendees will learn about the One ILSI Global Nutrition Strategy.

  • Setting the Context: What is ILSI’s Global Nutrition Strategy? - Morven McLean, PhD, ILSI Research Foundation
  • Estudio Latinoamericano de Nutrición y Salud (ELANS): Progress to Date and Plans for the Future - Irina Kovalskys, MD, ILSI Argentina
  • Drivers of Consumer Food Choice in Malaysia - Pauline Chan, ILSI Southeast Asia Region
  • Nudging and Sustainable Changes Towards Healthier Food Choices - Pierre Dussort, ILSI Europe