Media Advisory: ILSI to Host a UN Food Systems Summit Pre-Summit Side Event

July 21, 2021

ILSI Global press contact:
Katherine Broendel
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The International Life Sciences Institute Will Host a UN Food Systems Summit Pre-Summit Side Event
Event to focus on supporting healthy, sustainable diets for aging populations around the world

WASHINGTON—On July 26, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) will host an all-virtual affiliated session during the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 Pre-Summit. Titled, “Ensuring Healthy Aging Through Supportive Diets,” this event will feature discussions on nutrition, scientific cooperation and introducing more inclusivity of older populations to encourage greater health, mobility and cognition. Improved nutrition and diets in aging populations can support optimum immune systems that reduce viral infections, delay cognitive decline, help manage chronic diseases, and reduce the risk of sarcopenia and the loss of muscle mass.

This event will also host a dialogue about data collection to develop food that supports healthy aging, as well as the need for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors. ILSI’s event will feature eight speakers from North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, spanning different sectors, including academia, government and industry.

This event is organized by ILSI and co-sponsored by the University of Leeds, University of Southampton, N8 AgriFood, Abbott, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and the Global Food and Environment Institute at the University of Leeds.

Event Information

What: Ensuring Healthy Aging Through Supportive Diets

When: Monday, July 26, 2021
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. EDT

Who: Kerr Dow, PhD, ILSI Co-Chair and the former Vice President of Research and Development at Cargill, Inc. will moderate this 50-minute program. The roster of engaging speakers features:

  • Her Excellency Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President of Costa Rica.
  • Maria Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Co-ordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
  • Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD, Tufts University, United States.
  • Philip Calder, PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  • Louise Dye, PhD, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • Yen Ling Low, PhD, Divisional Vice President, Scientific and Medical Affairs, Abbott Nutrition Research and Development, Singapore.

A panel discussion will follow the presentations and Stéphane Vidry, PhD, Global Executive Director, ILSI will provide the concluding remarks.

Where: Online via GoTo Webinar. To access the event, please register to receive a link.

Members of the media should send RSVP information to

Why: As populations worldwide are aging, there are ways our society can help ensure a healthy, enjoyable and sustainable lifestyle for older individuals. This event will share information and host a dialogue to support improving individuals’ nutritional status and strengthening immune systems during the aging process. The discussion will also focus on the need for sustainable food system innovations, as well as more palatable, nutritious diets for seniors.


With 12 entities around the world, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being, as well as safeguards the environment. For more than 40 years, ILSI has encouraged multidisciplinary, multisectoral research and international cooperation to best address complex science and health issues. ILSI is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of scientific integrity and owns the independent, peer-reviewed journal Nutrition Reviews. Learn more at