ILSI News | August 2016


Vol. 34 No. 1

ILSI Mesoamerica Makes News on Fortification

Food fortification is a strategy commonly used in Central American countries to ensure the basic nutritional requirements of their respective populations are met. However, each country is unique with its own nutrition concerns, fortification strategies, and oversight of fortification programs.

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Working Together on ERA for GM Crops

ILSI Research Foundation, ILSI Japan, and ILSI Korea advance understanding of environmental risk assessment for GM crops under low exposure conditions.

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The CRISPR Craze

The Video of the Month for August comes from ILSI North America: The CRISPR Craze

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ILSI Taiwan Annual Meeting: Risk Science for Safe Food

ILSI Taiwan’s programs on food safety risk science and assessment are designed to help ensure all Taiwanese people have access to safe, nutritious food. To achieve this, the branch fosters public-private sector exchange of ideas on the science underlying current risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication practices, and encourages a multisector exploration of the …

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Nutrition Reviews Offers Free Online Issue
Nutrition Reviews and its publishing partner Oxford University Press periodically offer readers a Virtual Issue (online only); collections of articles on an issue made available without requiring payment or a subscription. The most recent Virtual Issue is on cancer.

Nutrition and Cancer Virtual Issue

Have You Heard about THRIVE?
As advances in cancer therapy result in more cancer survivors, the scientific community is putting new focus on quality of life throughout treatment and surviving years. In particular, researchers are interested in preventing or mitigating unintended toxicities related to cancer therapies. For this reason, HESI launched THRIVE, a program to address quality-of-life research. You can learn more by reading a full editorial on THRIVE in Science Translation Medicine and visiting the THRIVE website.

Editorial: Enhancing quality of life as a goal for anticancer therapies
Website: THRIVE

Welcome to Flavia Goldfinger and Atsushi Uzu
ILSI is extremely pleased to announce two new executive directors have joined ILSI. Please join us in welcoming Flavia Goldfinger and Atsushi Uzu.

Flavia_GoldfingerFlavia Goldfinger assumed the role of executive director of ILSI Brasil in Spring of this year. She is trained in nutrition (undergraduate) and
marketing (post-graduate) and has over 17 years of experience in the food industry.

Atsushi_Uzu2Atsushi Uzu is the new executive director of ILSI Japan. Uzu has a Master’s degree in fisheries science and a long and distinguished career with Kao Corporation.

Recent Publications

ILSI Argentina
Development of a construct-based risk assessment framework for genetic engineered crops
Discussion of a science-based evaluation approach for transformation events with “identical or similar constructs.”

Available for download: similar constructs

Visit our publications page for an entire list of recent journal articles, white papers, and more: ILSI Publications

ILSI Europe
Assessing the Safety of Cosmetic Chemicals: Consideration of a Flux Decision Tree to Predict Dermally Delivered Systemic Dose for Comparison with Oral TTC
This manuscript describes the construction of a decision tree to predict dermal absorption of cosmetic chemicals based on skin exposure scenarios. A predictive algorithm was used based on the Potts and Guy equation for maximum flux adjusted to actual dose. In addition, systemic availability was ranked against oral TTC. Case studies with experimental data indicated reliability of predictions.

Open Access from Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: Oral TTC



ILSI Europe
Supplements and Fortified Foods, are the Key Sources of Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, and Selenium Intake in Dutch Participants of the NU-AGE Study
This publication describes current micronutrient intakes of the elderly Dutch population and identifies the contribution of nutrient dense foods, fortified foods and dietary supplements to the intake of micronutrients that are often inadequately consumed by the elderly.

For more information about this publication, contact Lilou van Lieshout at

Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
The Comprehensive in Vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA) initiative — Update on progress
The implementation of the ICH S7B and E14 guidelines has been successful in preventing the introduction of potentially torsadogenic drugs to the market, but it has also unduly constrained drug development by focusing on hERG block and QT prolongation as essential determinants of proarrhythmia risk.

Open Access from Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods: CiPA

ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
Task force report: Future research needs for the prevention and management of immune-mediated drug hypersensitivity reactions
Immune-mediated drug hypersensitivity reactions (IDHR) have a significant impact on clinical practice, drug development, and public health.

Available to subscribers of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology or for purchase: IDHR

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ILSI North America
Considerations when using longitudinal cohort studies to assess dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic and chronic health outcomes
A limiting factor in longitudinal studies is incomplete data on inorganic arsenic levels in foods being combined with an aggregate consumption of foods with varying arsenic levels into a single category.

Available for download: arsenic

ILSI North America

Development of a Publicly Available, Comprehensive Database of Fiber and Health Outcomes: Rationale and Methods
This paper summarizes the rationale, methodology, and resulting database listing studies testing fiber and physiological health outcomes identified by experts at the Ninth Vahouny Conference.

Available for download: fiber

ILSI Southeast Asia Region
Intake of Added Sugar in Malaysia: A Review
This review examined the best available evidence regarding levels of added sugar consumption among different age and sex groups in Malaysia and sources of added sugars. Information was extracted from food balance sheets, household expenditure surveys, nutrition surveys, and published studies. Varying results emerged, as nationwide information on intake of sugar and foods with added sugar were obtained at different times and used different assessment methods.

Available for download: added sugars

Upcoming Events

ILSI Southeast Asia Region
4th Asia-Pacific International Food Safety Conference & 7th Asian Conference on Food and Nutrition Safety

10 - 13 October 2016
Penang, Malaysia
Abstract deadline: 15 August 2016
Early-Bird rate ends: 9 September 2016

ILSI Europe
6th International Symposium on Food Packaging: Scientific Developments Supporting Safety and Innovation

16 - 18 November 2016
Barcelona, Spain
More information: Food Packaging

Early-Bird registration rate ends: 31 August 2016

Save the Date
2017 ILSI Annual Meeting
20 - 25 January 2017
La Jolla, California, USA
preliminary program information: 2017AM

ILSI Europe
Session on ‘Human Microbiome and Health’ at the IUFoST 2016 World Congress of Food
24 August 2016
Dublin, Ireland
More information: Microbiome

ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
Joint HESI-NC3Rs Workshop: Accelerating the acceptance of mathematical models as evidence in safety and efficacy decision making
14 – 15 September 2016
London, United Kingdom
More information at NC3R: Mathematical Models
Registration closes 17 August 2016

ILSI Research Foundation
4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference
19 - 21 September
Hyderabad, India

For a complete list of ILSI events around the world, visit: Upcoming Events