ILSI News | September 2018


Volume 36, Number 2

ILSI North America Announces New Executive Director

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ILSI North America

ILSI North America welcomes Dr. Clare Thorp as Executive Director, effective July 31. Dr. Thorp brings 25 years of public and private sector experience in agriculture and food policy, research and teaching. Dr. Thorp succeeds Dr. Eric Hentges. Thank you to Eric for his leadership and expertise over the last 11 years.

2019 ILSI Science Symposium: Call for Poster Abstracts


Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security

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ILSI Research Foundation

The ILSI Research Foundation’s Scientific Symposium on protected production of fruits and vegetables, co-organized with the Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank, attracted over one hundred viewers from across the globe. The scientific symposium explored how protected cultivation of fruits and vegetables can be used to provide a reliable, affordable, and sustainably produced supply of nutrient dense foods, with an emphasis on production opportunities in urban and peri-urban settings. The entire lineup of presentations and lively panel discussion can now be watched online. Read more.

OECD Consensus Document of the Biology of Mosquito Aedes aegypti

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ILSI Research Foundation

The ILSI Research Foundation was a convening author of the OECD’s first insect biology document, which describes the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Published by the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB) as a resource to help support environmental risk assessment, this is the first OECD consensus document to focus on an organism for which biotechnological applications are not aimed at an increase in production or the quality of the product, but are driven by health considerations, specifically to reduce the health burden associated with the diseases like yellow fever, dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya that are vectored by mosquitoes. Read more.

ILSI North America Develops Best Practices

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ILSI North America

The ILSI North America Dietary Lipids Committee recently published a “best practices” paper to standardize the measurement, evaluation and reporting of blood fatty acids in clinical trials. Access to the full publication and videos of the NUTRITION 2018 scientific session are available. This story was featured in the June 2018 ILSI North America newsletter.

ILSI Europe Published in Diabetes Care


ILSI Europe

In July, ILSI Europe Early Nutrition and Long Term Health Task Force published ‘Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Diet: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials Examining the Impact of Modified Dietary Interventions on Maternal Glucose Control and Neonatal Birth Weight’ in the journal Diabetes Care. Read more.

The 9th ILSI Japan Life Science Symposium


ILSI Japan

In July, the 9th ILSI Japan Life Science Symposium entitled, “Integration of Nutritional Science and Physical Science Toward Prolongation of Healthy Lifespan” was successfully organized by ILSI Japan’s Nutrition and Health Research Committee Nutrition Task Force, and very well accepted by the audience from extensive scientific field. Read more. (Japanese)

Safety of Food Additives Strongly Emphasized


ILSI India

In July, ILSI India, the USDA, and FSSAI organized the “Seminar on Food Additives: A Global Perspective on Safety Evaluation and Use” held in New Delhi, India. The seminar concluded that there is no need for public concern as safety of food additives is ensured by FSSAI which has adopted regulations that are compatible evaluated by JECFA, FDA or EFSA. View the presentations online.

Visual Guides of Local Beverages and Foods


ILSI Argentina

ILSI Argentina launched the Visual Guides of Local Beverages and Foods, designed to be used in research intake surveys. Specifically, ILSI Argentina developed this Visual Guide to be used in Latin American Study of Nutrition and Health (ELANS) research project to assess food intake. This tool helps the estimation of weights and volumes of food and meals and it can be used both for research and also for clinical practice by medical doctors and dietitians. Additionally, this tool allowed ILSI Argentina to grow their visibility on social media. Read more.

ILSI-UG FSNTC: 2017 Trainings and Achievements

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ILSI South Africa

The ILSI-UG Food Safety and Nutrition training Center of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana is a subsidiary of ILSI South Africa on the ILSI-PIP platform. The Center successfully organized four food safety short courses in 2017. The courses were titled Food Safety for Nutritionists and Other Health Professionals (FSN) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). Interest in the Center’s training activities by industry and other stakeholders has increased over the years, reflecting in the replication of the FSN and HACCP courses in Nigeria. View the report.

Nutrition Reviews

Free Virtual Issue


Educators' Collection

As the fall semester begins, Nutrition Reviews is offering, for a limited time, a curated collection of review articles for classroom use. Chosen to help educators share the latest nutrition knowledge with their students, the articles in this collection address essential and emerging topics in the field. Written in the clear and engaging manner for which Nutrition Reviews is known, these articles will aid students in a variety of nutrition and health courses. Access the collection.


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Upcoming Events

ILSI Annual Meeting

The 2019 ILSI Annual Meeting is a premiere gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting is to learn about new food safety and nutrition science and identify areas where ILSI can have an impact on public health. This multidisciplinary meeting is an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge. More information.

ILSI Europe

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Holistic Approaches to Develop Alternative Strategies That Do Not Rely on Additional Animal Testing Workshop
6-7 September | Brussels, Belgium
The workshop is organized by ILSI Europe’s Alternatives to Animal Testing Task Force. More information or email

ILSI Japan

Symposium: Genomics of Functional Foods
18 September | Tokyo, Japan
The symposium is organized by ILSI Japan’s Endowed Chair of Functional Food Science and Nutrigenomics. More information (in Japanese).

ILSI Argentina & ILSI Brazil

Familiarity in the Context of Risk Assessment of Transgenic Crops in the Americas
20 September | Sao Paulo, Brazil
The event is organized through their Biotechnology Working Groups. More information or email

ILSI Argentina

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Nutritional Challenges of the First 6 Months: How to Achieve the Optimal Development
3 October | Buenos Aires, Argentina
ILSI Argentina’s Working Groups on Early Nutrition and Food and Nutrients will host the seminar. More information.

ILSI Argentina

Technological Advances of Its Uses, and Metabolic and Intestinal Health. Do They Go Hand in Hand?
30 October | Buenos Aires, Argentina
ILSI Argentina’s Working Groups on Early Nutrition and Food and Nutrients will host the last scientific session about Non-Caloric Sweeteners. More information will be available soon at

ILSI @ IUFoST 2018


19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology

23-27 October | Mumbai, India
ILSI India, ILSI Europe, ILSI North America, and ILSI Research Foundation are participating in IUFoST 2018. ILSI will also be exhibiting during the Congress. More information.

ILSI Japan

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The 3rd International Symposium on Rice Science in Global Health
29-30 November | Kyoto, Japan
ILSI Japan is sponsoring and participating in the symposium. More information.

ILSI Europe

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How Can Bioassays Help to Assess the Suitability & Applicability of TTC as a Prioritization Tool for Unidentified NIAS in FCMs
8-9 November | Brussels, Belgium
The workshop is organized by ILSI Europe’s Packaging Materials Task Force. More information.

ILSI Europe

Workshop: The Role of Gut Derived Short Chain Fatty Acids in Human Health
28-29 November | Brussels, Belgium
The workshop is organized by ILSI Europe’s Prebiotics Task Force. More information.