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World Obesity: What next for European action on childhood obesity? Last chance to register

Childhood obesity is a major health problem in Europe, with dire long-term consequences for our health, society, and the economy.

Current trends indicate that there will be over 10 million children in the region affected by obesity in 2030. At the same time, initiatives such as the EU Farm to Fork StrategyEurope’s Beating Cancer Plan and the European Child Guarantee present many opportunities for action.

Organised in the framework of the Science and Technology in Childhood Obesity Policy project, join World Obesity for an interactive debate to discuss the best approaches and interventions which should be presented to the European Commission as input into the next version of the EU’s Action Plan on Childhood Obesity.

•             Date: 12 October 2021

•             Time: 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

Speakers include:

•             Franco Sassi, Consortium Lead, STOP project, Imperial College London

•             Jacqueline Bowman-Busato, EU Policy Lead, European Association for the Study of Obesity

•             Knut-Inge Klepp, Consortium Lead, CO-CREATE project, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

•             Milka Sokolović, Director General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

•             Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Technical Officer, World Health Organization

•             Sara Cerdas, Member of European Parliament, Co-chair of the EP Working Group on Public Health

You can learn more about the event here.

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IUNS at Conxemar – FAO Congress

The importance of including omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is an important factor in disease prevention and can  prevent  alterations in genomic expression.  J Alfredo Martinez, IUNS President, recently  presented “Prevention of alterations in genomic expression: the importance of fish in diets” at this year’s joint Conxemar-FAO Congress.

Conxemar, the Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Manufacturers and Exporters of fish products and Aquaculture, in collaboration with FAO, held the ninth edition of its congress in Vigo, Spain, with focus on the role of fish in nutrition and food systems on October 4, 2021.

You can learn more about the event and view the presentations here.

Conference: Triple Burden of Malnutrition in Pakistan

Breaking the Silos Between the World of Undernutrition and NCDs

The call for abstracts for this conference is open until October 30th 2021.

Visit www.rdn.pnds.org for more information including how to submit your abstract.

The 2nd PNDS International Conference will take place in Karachi, Pakistan from March 11th – 13th 2022. This 2.5 day conference, supported by IUNS and The Nutrition Society, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from the fields of early years undernutrition interventions and NCD’s to exchange knowledge and build connections.

Pakistan is facing a triple burden of malnutrition with unabated rates of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies and infections in younger population and rising burden of hypertension and diabetes in adult population. The scientific literature suggests that there is a link between undernutrition in early years and NCD’s in later life. However many working in practice are unaware of the synergy and interconnections between the two areas.

SCOPE School 2021

SCOPE School: Revisiting the bi-directional relationship between obesity and CVD across the life course

The third SCOPE School Global of 2021, will be hosted by World Obesity held in conjunction with the World Heart Federation (WHF). On 27th-28th October they will be exploring the connections between CVD and obesity and considering clinical approaches to optimise treatment for patients presenting with these conditions. Speakers will also discuss potential barriers to effective treatment, the obesity paradox and the importance of supporting patients with obesity and CVD in making long-term lifestyle changes.

Recognising that obesity and CVD are associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality as well as reduced life expectancy, the overall objective of this event is to understand the clinical approaches that can help to optimise the treatment and care for people living with obesity and CVD.

The SCOPE School will supplement a new, six-module learning path entitled Obesity and CVD: A Complex Relationship which will be made available via SCOPE E-Learning in the coming months. All delegates are advised to take these modules in advance of attending the school.

ICD2021 Virtual Congress

The International Congress of Dietetics (ICD2021) virtual congress ran from 1 to 3 September 2021 and as reported by IUNS Council member, Professor Ali Dhansay, was a great success. Approximately 800 delegates attended this IUNS sponsored event. Professor Dhansay, served as a member of the Local Organising Committee, representing the NSSA (Nutrition Society of South Africa) together with Dr Elize Symington (chair of NSSA). The NSSA partnered with ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) to host the congress – both organizations are contributing members of the South African National Committee for IUNS.  The ICD falls under the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA), which is an Affiliated Body to IUNS.

2021 Zhong Guan Cun (ZGC) Forum

The Chinese Nutrition Society is hosting the 2021 Zhong Guan Cun (ZGC) Forum. The 2021 ZGC Forum will be held in Beijing, China from September 24 to 28 2021. With the theme of “intelligence, health, and carbon neutrality”, the forum will touch on leading edge and hotspot topics, such as the digital economy, artificial intelligence, life and health, science and technology and carbon neutrality.

Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice Webinar

Free Webinar | Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice

7 Sep 2021, 14:00 (CEST) | 8:00am EDT | 8:00pm CST Asia


Genetic Testing, Personalized Nutrition, Precision Nutrition, Metabolic Health, Brain Health, Obesity

This FREE webinar features contribution and speakers from the IUNS Precision Nutrition Task Force and is supported by the IUNS Committee for Capacity Development.  

The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

The human genome contains a huge amount of information. Information variability among human subjects is even greater. We are beginning to grasp this genetic variability and its implications for health, behavior, capacities (physical and intellectual), aging, and responses to different types of interventions. Even if still in its infancy, the development of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics is already providing concrete examples regarding the interaction of genetics, nutrition, and health outcomes whose translation into clinical and nutritional practice begins to be feasible and advisable. This knowledge – in the form, for instance, of genetic risk scores covering known variability in relevant gene sets, or the identification of single genetic variants or haplotypes that are consistently linked to phenotypic traits or responses to diet – is instrumental to preventive and therapeutic approaches against nutrition-related disease conditions through personalized dietary choices and recommendations. Importantly, at the same time, the novel knowledge generated is helping to advance our understanding of human biology and physiology. As Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics section of the journal Nutrients, it is my pleasure and my honor to have reunited, in this Webinar, three outstanding, scientists acknowledged worldwide in the field, who will show us relevant examples emerging from their research and the momentum of the area such that we can envisage the possibilities, and limitations, open to us.

Prof. Dr. María Luisa Bonet

IUNS Scholarships ISNN 2021 – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY of NUTRIGENETICS / NUTRIGENOMICS

International Union of Nutritional Sciences offers scholarships to support scholars who otherwise would not be able to attend academic conferences, including the online ISNN Congress 2021.

About the Congress

The ISNN 2021 Congress takes place on September 25-28 as a virtual conference.

The 2021 ISNN Congress will focus on cutting edge research on human metabolism and on the interaction of the human genome with the metabolome, on human chemosensing and its interactions with the genome, and on the nutrigenetics of salt sensitivity. Numerous nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers will present. Nutrition researchers, clinicians, dietitians, and other health care providers from the region and from around the world are expected to attend. These are the leaders in the development and practice of advanced nutrition solutions. The Congress organizers look forward to welcoming you to exciting discussions in ever more relevant areas of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, metabolome, and precision nutrition.

About the ISNN Scholarships

If you are applying for a scholarship, do not register for the virtual meeting until you receive notice of the status of your scholarship application.  The conference scholarships will cover registration costs.

Individuals eligible for a scholarship are:

• Early career professionals with a degree in nutrition & food or life sciences that are interest in acquiring new insights regarding nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics.

Please note the following:

• The scholarship includes a waiver for the conference fee only and it does not include membership dues.
• ISNN Membership is not a condition.

• Priority will be given to young (under the age of 40) first-time conference attendees and individuals who study/work in non-affluent regions and/or countries that have been historically underrepresented at prior ISNN conferences, particularly those from developing regions as specified by the United Nations.

HOW TO APPLY

The applications should be accompanied by a cover letter presenting your academic/training and career experience as well as your current resume.

The required documents should be submitted at the following email address: andreescu.nicoleta@umft.ro .

Application deadline: September 10, 2021.
A panel of Scientific Committee members will review and make decisions about the applications.

Open Call: ‘Urban Food Policies for Sustainable Nutrition and Health. Lille, France 2022

The Nutrition Society is co-hosting with the French Nutrition Society in Lille a conference titled ‘Urban Food Policies for Sustainable Nutrition and Health’ The aim is to bring urban policy makers together with scientists. The conference will take place in Lille, France 27-28 January 2022. There is a call for abstracts open, and an open invitation for sponsors and exhibitors to engage in the programme. Full details are available on the conference website: https://www.nutrition-symposium.com

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Webinar: HIV prevention: antibodies and vaccine development

The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) are hosting a successful second IUIS Webinar Series: Immunology without Borders, and are happy to announce the next live webinar on “HIV prevention: antibodies and vaccine development” with Lynn Morris on July 26!

About the Webinar

Despite 40 years of research the HIV epidemic remains a significant global health challenge and an HIV vaccine is still elusive. The recent results from the AMP trial have shown that a broadly neutralizing antibody can provide protection from infection. This has important implications for the pipeline of HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies being developed for prevention as well as vaccines that aim to elicit protective antibodies. This webinar will discuss the role of antibodies in both passive and active vaccination approaches.

When: Mon, Jul 26, 2021 · 3:00 PM CEST