World Obesity Day 2021 March 4th

March 4th is World Obesity Day 2021. A day is dedicated to addressing the global obesity epidemic. An opportunity for every body to work together for happier, healthier and longer lives for everybody.

The new World Obesity Day website has now launched, and more information about World Obesity Day and the campaign can be found here.

Grant Opportunity for early career researchers of sustainable foods systems and diets

The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation is offering a 2-year fellowship grant for early career researchers committed to promoting sustainable foods systems and diets.
The grant will support a postdoctoral researcher to carry out a project at a university or research centre in Spain. Nominations for the fellowship are open until 5th March 2021 (14hr UTC+1).

For more information on the Daniel Carasso Research Fellowship Grant please download the information sheet attached.

IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

Life has changed in the lapse of a few months and the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting nutrition across the world. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides the latest newsletter highlighting nutrition activities in the first half of 2020  with a special focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

Click here for the newsletter including their other activities, new publications and success stories over the last six months.

ISIN Position Statement on Nutrition, Immunity and COVID-19

 There is lack of acquired immunity in populations across the world to COVID-19, no vaccine, uncertainty about the true infection rate within countries and, the elderly are a vulnerable group (particularly those in care homes and similar institutions). Nutritional advice is, therefore considered appropriate at this time. There is much evidence from animal and human studies that antioxidant nutrition and related nutrients support the immune system to function properly. The general advice is to eat a diverse and well-balanced diet rich in coloured fruit and vegetables (to increase the intake of antioxidant and associated nutrients) to support immune function. Specific advice in relation to the elderly is to increase the intake of Vitamin E (134 mg – 800 mg/day), Zinc (30 mg – 220 mg/day), Vitamin C (200 mg – 2 g/day) and particularly for those people with low serum vitamin D status, Vitamin D (10 μg – 100 μg/day). These nutrients have been shown to enhance T cell and B cell (antibody) immunity in human studies including in the elderly. There is no specific evidence these nutritional measures can help protect against, or even lessen the effects, of, COVID-19 infection. However, it does make pragmatic sense to support nutritionally both normal health and the immune system (with doses unlikely to be harmful) before, during and after COVID-19 infection. 

International Society for Immunonutrition (ISIN), Board members (March 2020). 

Laurence Harbige, Philip Calder, Ascensión Marcos, Mireille Dardenne, Gabriela Perdigón, Francisco Perez-Cano, Wilson Savino, Nora Slobodianik, Liseti Solano, Roxana Valdes. 

IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

Proper nutrition is fundamental to health. The world is facing a double burden of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity coexist, contributing to non-communicable diseases. Using stable isotope techniques, nutrition and health professionals can develop and evaluate nutrition actions to combat all forms of malnutrition.

Read the latest newsletter from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) Open Symposia deadline extended

International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) has been announced it will extend the closing date for their open symposia applications. The 22ndICN will take place on September 14-19, 2021 in Tokyo Japan. Applications will now remain open until the end of May 2020. Further details of the conference can be found on the IUNS-ICN22ND website.

This call for applications is limited to academic societies and public organisations.

For more information on how to submit Symposia, click here.