June 7: World Food Safety Day

Safer Food, Better Health

Foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide each year. There are over 200 of these diseases – some mild, but others deadly. 

The United Nations General Assembly established World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness of this important issue. WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and other stakeholders.

This year’s theme, “Safer food, better health”, highlights the role that safe, nutritional food plays in ensuring human health and well-being and calls for a set of specific actions to make food safer.

We all have a role to play; whether we grow, process, transport, store, sell, buy, prepare or serve food, food safety is in all our hands. And if we work together, we can all help achieve safer food for better health.

Visit https://www.who.int/news-room/events for more information on the events and how you can get involved.

Launch of AfriCAN May 25th

Join us under the Baobab tree for a webinar launch of Africa Catalyzing Action for Nutrition (AfriCAN), a new network with a mission to mobilise and harness Africa’s untapped and underutilised resources towards improving nutrition sustainably on the continent.

This event will introduce AfriCAN and feature a panel discussion on sustainable solutions to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Speakers include:

  • Professor Francis B. Zotor, Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Director AfriCAN (Moderator)

  • Dr Namanga Ngongi, Former Deputy Executive Director WFP; Former Chair, UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) & Board Chair, AfriCAN

  • Ms Isatou Jallow, Executive Director, AfriCAN

  • Ms Julia Tagwireyi, Former Director, Food and Nutrition Council, Zimbabwe and Director, AfriCAN

  • Dr Josue Dione, Former Director, Food Security and Sustainable Development Division, UNECA and Board Member, AfriCAN

  • Dr Charity Binka, Executive Director, Women, Media and Change

  • Dr Habiba Hassan-Wassef, Trustee, African Nutrition Society

  • Sheikh Tijan Tunkara, Youth Representative and Community Activist

  • Dr Lawalley Cole, Executive Director, Coalition on media and education for development, Africa Forum (CAFOR)  

Launch event of the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All

Friday, 13 May 2022

14:00 to 15:00 (CEST)

Health, nutrition and environmental sustainability need to be core, cross-cutting foundations of food systems transformation. During the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) of 2021 the call for action to deliver healthy diets from sustainable food systems echoed through dialogues, social movements and national pathways. Formed as an outcome of the UNFSS, the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (HDSFS) brings Member States, UN Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, Academic Institutions and social movements together to deliver on this call.
The Coalition will strive to act as a mechanism for coordinated action on healthy diets from sustainable food systems that provides countries the opportunity to share, learn and inform. It will foster, maintain and gain momentum from multiple stakeholders on the issue, and allow for all to inspire and be inspired. 
 
On Friday 13th of May 2022, join us for the official launch of the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems. The event aims to celebrate the formation of the Coalition and showcase action for HDSFS, inspire current and new members, and catalyze support towards its vision at the country, regional and global level. Members and frontrunners countries will present the planned work and showcase progress so far under the Coalition’s workplan functions.

Additional information and the agenda of the event are available here.

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International Fellowship Opportunity

Applications are invited to the Urban Studies Foundation’s International Fellowships for urban scholars from the Global South. Each award will cover the cost of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice, worldwide, for the purpose of writing up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book. Deadline: 9 May 2022

British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Early Career Scientist Award 2022.

The award recognises early-career nutrition scientists, whether working in academia, policy or industry, who show great potential to be future leaders in the field. Applications are welcome from any country.

Applicants are required to complete an application form and submit an abstract that could be turned into a mini-review describing an emerging area of human nutrition science that would be suitable for submission to the British Nutrition Foundation’s peer-reviewed journal Nutrition Bulletin.

The winner receives a £500 honorarium and a year’s online subscription to Nutrition Bulletin upon acceptance of their review for publication.

Details of previous recipients of the award, along with the eligibility criteria and instructions for applying this year can be found here.

The deadline for applications for this award is midnight on 19 June 2022.

Register Now: Gastronomic Sciences 360º: A Global Outlook on Human Health and Wellness

The symposium, organized by Basque Culinary Center, together with the Cedars Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, an international referent in medicine, will bring together great professionals from the field of medicine, nutrition, sustainability, gastronomy, sociology and food of the future, to explore from different points of view the current food and welfare of society.

Among the speakers are Suzanne Dekvota, Director of Microbiome Research at Cedars – Sinai Medical Center, Leon Fine, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine at Cedars – Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, David Zilber, chef, fermenter, butcher, and photographer who hails from Toronto Canada, Marc Blazer, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Overture Management, an investment group with interests in food & beverage, hospitality, travel and consumer businesses, David Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill–a working farm, restaurant, and consulting company supporting agriculture that positively contributes to the world’s food system, Eneko Axpe, Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and NASA, and Basque Culinary Center’s and BCC Innovation experts such as Juan Carlos Arboleya, Professor and Researcher at the Basque Culinary Center, Head of the Scientific Area and programme director of the Master (MSc) and PhD in Gastronomic Sciences), Usune Etxeberría, researcher and lead of the Gastronomy and Health area at BCC Innovation, and John Regefalk, researcher chef and coordinator of culinary innovation at BCC Innovation.

DATE: APRIL 27-28
SCHEDULE:  from  9.00am to  3:30pm (CEST) on each day.
WHERE
: ZOOM

Program

DAY 1

9:00-9:20  Welcome Remarks

Joxe Mari Aizega, Javier Rodriguez

Intro to Day 1– Juan Carlos Arboleya & Suzanne Devkota

9:25-9:50 The Role of Gastronomy in the Transition to a More Sustainable Food System

Stéfani Novoa- BCC

9:55- 10:20 Growing our own roots

John Regefalk- BCC

10:25-10:50  Moving the game from food security to nutrient security

Eric Archambeau- Astanor Ventures

10:50-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:40  Help me help you: Compensatory actions of the gut microbiome during times of chronic nutritional stress

Suzanne Devkota – CSMC

11:45-12:10 Development of high-quality food protein from submerged fermentation of filamentous fungi

Cipriano Carrero- BCC

12:15-12:40 A symbiotic supper: Entropy and the ecology of fermentation

David Zilber

12:40-2:00PM Lunch

2:00-2:25 Future Foods

Eneko Axpe (NASA)

2:30-3:15 Balancing food security and regenerative agriculture. Panel 1

Moderator: Suzzane Devkota

David Barber, Stefani Novoa, John Regefalk. Eric Archambeau

3:20-3:30 Concluding Comments

Juan Carlos Arboleya- BCC

DAY 2

9:00-9:10 Intro to Day 2

Juan Carlos Arboleya & Suzanne Devkota

9:15-9:40 The first food critic

Leon Fine- CSMC

9:45-10:10 On hearts, history, and sustenance

Michael Nurok- CSMC

10:15-10:40 The present and future of digital gastronomy

Erich Eichstetter – BCC

10:40-11:05 Coffee BREAK

11:05-11:30 The effect of starch-and sucrose-reduced diet accompanied by culinary recommendations on the symptoms of patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Usune Etxeberria- BCC

11:35-12:00  A multi-domain lifestyle intervention study for dementia prevention in the Basque Country

Pablo Martínez Lage -Fundación Cita Alzheimer

12:05-12:30 Understanding the effect of diet on promotion of cancer

Stephen Pandol- CSMC

12:30-2:00PM Lunch

2:00-2:25 A transdisciplinary view on gastronomy

Iñaki Martinez de Albéniz & Juan Carlos Arboleya – BCC

2:30-3:15 Health and lifestyle in post-pandemic world. Panel 2

Moderator: Juan Carlos Arboleya

Panelists: Michael Nurok, David Zilber, Erich Eichstetter Marc Blazer

3:20-3:30 Concluding Comments

Suzanne Devkota- CSMC

Establishing a Federation of Oceanic Nutrition Societies (FONS)

FONS was approved by the IUNS General Assembly in 2013 in Granada at their annual general meeting. Initial progress to establish a FONS was slow, but networks created between nutrition professionals through the Oceanic Nutrition Leadership platform (ONLP) have enabled its progress.

On March 9th, a virtual half-day workshop was held to brainstorm the viability of establishing a FONS affiliated with IUNS. The workshop and preceding stakeholder engagement activity were funded by IUNS, the Australian Nutrition Trust Fund (ANTF), and the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). The workshop brought together 20 stakeholders from eight countries across the Pacific Islands, Australia, and New Zealand, to discuss this important initiative for the Oceanic region. There was overwhelming enthusiasm and agreement that FONS can make a difference for the region. Workshop participants were able to formulate a purpose (see word cloud), identify success indicators, define operating principles and guiding values, and identify the next steps for establishing a FONS. The aim is to launch FONS at the 2022 IUNS-ICN conference in Tokyo, Japan.  

Thank you to the core group driving this initiative, including Dr Welma Stonehouse, Elisiva Na’ati, Mafi Funaki-Tahifote, Prof Pam von Hurst, Dr Tracy McCaffrey, Prof Alison Coates, collectively representing the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Nutrition (AAS NCN), Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Nutrition Society of New Zealand (NSNZ), The Pacific Community (SPC) and the Oceanic Nutrition Leadership Platform (ONLP). A great thank you to Yda Gray, PiqueGlobal, who facilitated the workshop. Welcome to the new members who have recently joined the core group including Dr Sarah Burkhart, Dr Mary-Ann Carter, Solene Bertrand, and Soana Muimuiheata.

3rd International World of Microbiome Conference

28-30 April 2022
Vienna, Austria + VIRTUAL

Join this April in Vienna or online the international community of The World of Microbiome 2022 Conference.

The CME accredited scientific program is based on three carefully curated learning and networking zones to advance research, understanding & application in the world of microbiome.

The zones – Pregnancy, Birth & Infancy, Digestive & Metabolic Health, and Oral are specifically designed to bring the latest insights in each topic, highlight the interrelations between all of them and foster collaboration among clinicians, researchers, and the industry.

Make sure to take advantage of the discounted registration rates available until 12 April 2022 and secure your Conference ticket.

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Former IUNS Vice-President Lindsay Allen, PhD inducted into USDA Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame

Lindsay Allen, PhD joins a prestigious group of scientists from USDA-ARS in the Science Hall of Fame.

IUNS congratulates former Vice-President of IUNS, Lindsay Allen, PhD, on her induction into the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame.

As announced by ASN this week, this prestigious honor is reserved for ARS employees whose work has had a significant impact on agricultural research by solving a problem through research and whose accomplishments continue to be internationally recognized by the scientific community. No more than two scientists from ARS are inducted each year. Dr Allen is being honored for her outstanding and sustained research contributions which led to the discovery that multiple micronutrient deficiencies that stem from poor dietary quality, rather than protein-energy deficiency, and are a major cause of stunting and functional impairment. As a result, her research has had a major impact on global maternal and infant health, and pregnancy and lactation outcomes in particular. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) adopted micronutrient supplement formulations for infants and pregnant women that Dr Allen helped to develop. Dr Allen also led the authorship of guidelines for micronutrient fortification of food for the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which have been widely cited and translated.  She has conducted many studies including randomized controlled supplementation and feeding trials in low-income populations to understand the prevalence, causes, and metabolic and functional effects of micronutrient deficiencies, published in 330 articles.

Dr Allen served on the IUNS Council member between 2001 and 2005 and continued serving on the IUNS Council as Vice-President for two further terms between 2005 and 2013.

She has also served as President of ASN during the 2020-2021 year and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Past President. She is the past Center Director and currently a Research Physiologist (ST) in the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) which is located on the campus of the University of California, Davis. She has served ASN as the first President of the Society for International Nutrition Research (now the Global Nutrition Council), Associate Editor for The Journal of Nutrition, and ASN representative to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and the ASN Membership Committee. Accompanied by the bestowment of the 2012 ASN Fellow Award, Dr Allen’s contributions to ASN have been honored as the recipient of the McCollum International Lectureship Award, the Conrad Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition, the Kellogg International Nutrition Prize, and the 2016 Outstanding Investigator Award from the Vitamins & Minerals RIS. Her international recognition includes the Career Achievement in Evidence Translation Award from the Mathile Institute.

A panel of peers from USDA-ARS, other federal agencies, or academia selects no more than two scientists each year to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductees must be retired or eligible for retirement from ARS must have produced a major impact on agricultural research and made accomplishments that continue to be recognized by the agricultural research community. In addition, inductees must possess the character and record of achievement worthy of emulation by younger scientists and be nationally or internationally recognized by peers in the scientific community.

FINUT Symposium: April 27 “Complexity of malnutrition in Latin America. Deficits and excesses?”

FINUT’s next online event “Road to the FINUT 2022 Conference” entitled “Complexity of malnutrition in Latin America. Deficits and excesses?” will take place on April 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Mexico.

Registration is free.

To register, view the program or for more information visit Symposium “Complexity of malnutrition in Latin America: Deficits and excesses?” – Finut – Ibero-American Nutrition Foundation