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Planning the workforce and global health system strengthening – Year of the Health and Care Workers Seminars

Health Education England is delighted to invite you to a series of seminars, focusing on the importance of strengthening the health workforce internationally in support of the World Health Organizations’s (WHO) Year of the Health and Care Workers (YHCW) programme.

The first seminar, An Introduction to systematic workforce planning will be held on 13 December 2021, 09:30 -10:30 GMT. Please register below to secure your place

Register here:

Year of the Health and Care Workers – Global Health Partnerships (hee.nhs.uk)

IUNS at Nutrition for Growth Summit

“We must work together to identify & develop evidence-based policies & to build capacity to create the nutrition leaders for tomorrow. Together, we can enable & lead new ways to address entrenched problems to meet the global nutrition goals,”

Dr Anna Lartey on behalf of IUNS, at Nutrition for Growth 2021

Immediate past president of IUNS, Dr Anna Lartey, delivered a statement to the Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 livestreamed from Tokyo, Japan. The Summit took place over two days, December 7 and December 8, 2021.

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) is the global opportunity for leaders to invest in nutrition as part of a COVID-19 recovery and beyond, and to ensure that nutrition remains a priority on the global agenda.

Country governments, donors, philanthropies, international organizations, businesses, civil society organizations, academia and beyond came together to discuss accelerating progress to achieve the global nutrition targets and to end malnutrition in all its forms.

The Summit featured two-days of data-driven financial, policy, programmatic, or impact commitments from all stakeholders, aligned with the thematic pillars of this year’s N4G summit: universal health coverage, resilience, and healthy diets, and underpinned within the lenses of nutrition financing and accountability.

Following the summit, Government and private sector donors have pledged more than US$27 billion at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit this week to address the global malnutrition and hunger crisis. Represented by five Heads of State and Government, 45 countries with high burdens of malnutrition and a dozen donors delivered renewed policy and financial commitments to end malnutrition. These commitments demonstrate country leadership and prioritization of nutrition at a crucial time, as fiscal resources are constrained, and malnutrition rates are on the rise due to the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read more on the outcomes of the summit via the post summit press release here:

IUNS -IUFoST knowledge sharing dialogue on “The Power of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition for Sustainable Planet Health” hosted by the International Science Council

Join the International Science Council  for a two-day event around nutrition and food science, discussing how to move forward the outcomes of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit, which set the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Presented jointly by IUNS and IUFoST, this event is open to all, and registration is free. Simultaneous interpretation from both English to French, and English to Spanish will be provided.

  • 16 November, 08:00 – 12:45 UTC and 17 November, 15:00 – 18:15 UTC

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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.

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.

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.

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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 

World Obesity Policy Laboratory

World Obesity Policy Laboratory: Obesity and food system actions under the microscope

As we reach the halfway point of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, now is the time to review our progress to date and assess whether global food systems can deliver healthy and sustainable diets for everyone.

COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in our current environments and revealed strained food systems alongside the absence of processes to protect the health of vulnerable populations, including people living with obesity. With undernutrition, overweight and obesity, and poor nutrition at risk of being exacerbated because of the ongoing pandemic, actions to strengthen food systems and address the commercial determinants of health are urgently needed to improve the food environments for everybody.

•             Date: Tuesday, 13th July

•             Time: 13:00 – 14:45 BST

The World Obesity policy laboratory will explore food systems’ central role in addressing the obesity pandemic. Through several case studies, speakers will highlight best practices on what has or should be implemented to achieve healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems for everyone.

The event precedes the launch of their policy dossier on food systems and a briefing on the topic in September.

For full details of the speakers, visit the website here.