ILSI News | July 2018


Volume 36, Number 1

In Memory of Chen Chunming

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ILSI Focal Point in China

Professor Chen Chunming, founder and past Director of ILSI Focal Point in China (1993-2004), passed away on May 15 at the age of 93 in Beijing, China. As a world-renowned nutritionist, who worked in population nutrition and nutrition policy research throughout the entirety of her career, her impact is profound. Among many accolades, Professor Chen Chunming was the pioneer in setting up the national nutrition and health survey system in China. She will be greatly missed. Read more.

ILSI Welcomes New Director of Operations


ILSI Governance and Coordination

ILSI welcomes Stéphane Vidry as the Director of Operations. Stéphane brings a wealth of knowledge about the organization to this new position, having worked at ILSI Europe for over a decade. His extensive first-hand knowledge of ILSI’s operations and his dedication to ILSI’s mission and values are sure to serve him well as he works closely with all of you. Read more.

ILSI North Andean: New Executive Director


ILSI North Andean

ILSI welcomes Claudia Manzano as Executive Director of ILSI North Andino, effective June 1. Claudia is a nutritionist, dietitian, and specialist in food science and technology from the National University of Colombia with more than 16 years of experience in the food industry working in areas of marketing, nutrition and product development, among others. Claudia succeeds Olga Lucia Mora Gil. Thank you to Olga Lucia for her leadership and her work during the last four years. Read more.

ILSI Japan: New Executive Director


ILSI Japan

ILSI welcomes Hideyo Nakamura as the Executive Director of ILSI Japan, effective July 1. Hideyo has more than 14 years of experience in marketing and business management for functional food and beverage. Hideyo succeeds Uzu Atushi who was with the organization for 2.5 years. Thank you to Uzu for his leadership and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.

Caffeine Systematic Review Awarded 2017 “Best Paper of the Year”


ILSI North America

ILSI North America's Caffeine Systematic Review has been selected as the “Best Paper of the Year” for 2017 by Food and Chemical Toxicology. This study is a robust and systematic assessment of health outcomes related to caffeine consumption. Visit the Caffeine Systematic Review Resource Page to learn more about the study.

Celebrating 25 Years of Science and Partnerships to Improve Public Health

Attendees of ILSI SEA Region Annual Meeting 2018

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

In 2018 ILSI SEA Region celebrates its 25th anniversary. Marking this important milestone, the 2018 ILSI SEA Region Annual Meeting, held in Singapore on April 23-25, acknowledged the invaluable contributions made by ILSI SEA Region’s extensive network of academic, government, civil society, industry partners, and staff from around the region. In conjunction with the meeting, a scientific symposium was held on April 23. Read more.

Microbiome and Health


ILSI Taiwan

In April, ILSI Taiwan held their 2018 Annual Meeting and one-day scientific symposium ‘Human Health Partners: Microbiome and Health' at National Taiwan University in Taipei. The symposium program was comprehensive, covering the subject matter from basic to advanced, from research to applications and from local to the international perspective. A slate of international and local speakers presented the latest research and insights into the gut microbiome and human health. Read more.

Food Science and Technology

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ILSI India

In April during the ILSI India Annual Meeting, ILSI India also organized a Seminar titled “Recent Developments in Food Science and Technology for Better Nutrition”. The seminar included presentations on trends, artificial intelligence, emerging and innovative technologies, and nutrition driven food processing.  View the presentations online.

Nutrition Reviews

Free Virtual Issue



The articles in Nutrition Reviews’ latest virtual issue highlight some of the ways in which the sustainability of the food supply is being examined and illustrate where potential solutions may be found. Explore the collection to learn how the combined pressures of population growth and decreasing projected crop yields are being addressed. The articles are available for free for a limited time. Access the collection.


New Editor-in-Chief


Dr. Douglas Taren

ILSI announces Dr. Douglas Taren as the new editor-in-chief of Nutrition Reviews, effective July 1. Dr. Taren is presently Associate Dean of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He succeeds Dr. Naomi Fukagawa, who has stewarded the journal since 2008 and reaches the end of the position’s tenure limit. Read more.

Increase in Impact Factor


Nutrition Reviews’ 2017 Impact Factor Rises to 5.788

The impact factor for ILSI’s journal, Nutrition Reviews, has increased to 5.788 and the 5-year impact factor has risen to 7.281! This is according to the recently released 2017 Journal Citation Reports© from Clarivate Analytics. A curated collection of the journal’s most highly cited articles can be read for free for a limited time. Access the collection.

Upcoming Events

ILSI Research Foundation

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ILSI Research Foundation Scientific Symposium

July 18 | Washington, DC

ILSI Research Foundation and Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank announce the scientific symposium: Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments. The symposium is also available via webcast. More information.

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

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10th Seminar on Nutrition Labeling, Claims and Communication Strategies

August 28-29 | Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

As part of ILSI Southeast Asia Region’s series of seminars on nutrition labeling and claims, this seminar will provide an update on regional developments and regulatory changes in nutrition labeling and discuss the harmonization of nutrition labeling in the ASEAN region including current efforts and challenges. More information.

ILSI Europe


Symposium 'Nutrition for the Ageing Brain: Moving Towards Clinical Applications'

August 30-31 | Madrid, Spain

ILSI Europe's symposium will specifically focus on clinical aspects and novel strategies developed to determine whether diet and nutrients have efficacy in individuals affected by dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions. More information.

ILSI Europe



September 2-5 | Brussels, Belgium

ILSI Europe is exhibiting at EUROTOX 2018. If you are attending, be sure to stop by booth # 9! More information.

ILSI Europe

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Holistic Approaches to Develop Alternative Strategies That Do Not Rely on Additional Animal Testing Workshop

September 6-7 | Brussels, Belgium

The workshop is organized by ILSI Europe’s Alternatives to Animal Testing Task Force. For more information visit the link above or contact Belinda Antonio at

ILSI @ IUFoST 2018


19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology

October 23-27 | Mumbai, India

Several ILSI entities are participating in IUFoST 2018. ILSI will also be exhibiting during the Congress. More information.