Gastro-omics and Precision Nutrition Summer Course – FREE Registration available

The Summer Courses Foundation of the University of the Basque Country is currently running a full two-day Summer Course program on the 20th and 21st August on the subject of Gastro-omics and Precision Nutrition.

This course targets university students, professionals and General public and runs programs both physically and LIVE to allow individuals to participate virtually from anywhere around the world.

The program organisers are giving the first 20 students* a chance to participate in this great opportunity FREE by emailing Angelina Arribas on angelines.arribas@uik.eus and Prof Alfredo Martinez on jalfmtz@unav.es with the following request and personal information.

  • Name
  • Contact email address (for registration purposes)
  • Association/University
  • A request for a place to be registered on the University of the Basque Country course quoting Code N03-20 for physical attendance and CODE X30-20 for online LIVE participation.

*selection of the 20 students will be on a first come first served basis.

More information of the programs and speakers can be found on https://www.uik.eus/es/gastro-omics-and-precision-nutrition.

Please contact angelines.arribas@uik.eus for any queries on the course.

Vacancy: Calling all Senior Nutrition Scientists

Development Initiatives (DI) is seeking to recruit a Senior Nutrition Scientist, to be responsible for providing scientific expertise to all Global Nutrition Report (GNR) products. DI is looking for somebody knowledgeable in nutrition research methodology, analysis and reporting.

Click here to see the Job Description and application instructions. Application closing date is 15th August 2020.

7th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth

To adapt to travel restrictions and the role of social distancing as a result of COVID-19, the N&G Organizing Committee has come to the decision to transform the 7th Nutrition and Growth Conference into a fully virtual meeting.

The virtual conference will take place on 27-29 August 2020. Virtual sessions will allow live interaction and will be available on-demand in the weeks following the Conference. N&G 2020 is the top meeting point to keep up to date with the rapidly advancing knowledge in the nutrition and growth field. The Conference brings together paediatricians, nutritionists, neonatologists, experts in child development and other specialists to discuss the nutrition and growth challenges in the paediatric age group.

Be part of this outstanding event by registering on at https://nutrition-growth.kenes.com/register-here/

Learn more by visiting  https://nutrition-growth.kenes.com/

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.

EASO COMS Exchange & Mentoring Programme

Obesity is recognised as one of Europe’s priority health challenges, however specialised obesity services are not widely available and obesity treatment and care can therefore vary enormously across European regions. 


The EASO COMs Exchange and Mentoring Programme provides a solution by supporting the establishment of new centres that improve access to and delivery of quality, multi-disciplinary care.

The COMs network includes university, public and private clinics. The exchange programme is open to Primary Care Physicians, General Practitioners or Health Care Professionals.

The COMs Exchange and Mentoring Programme will provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and tools required to establish and run new multi-disciplinary treatment centres: 

  • Candidates will learn about COMs structures, processes and set-up procedures
  • Ongoing mentoring will help these new centres to become accredited members of the EASO COMs network
  • Candidates will be hosted by EASO COMs in several European countries, willing to share practices and expertise
  • Candidates will be matched with host centres that most closely reflect their national health systems and language capabilities.

The programme is fully funded.  You can find out more and apply to join the programme on the EASO website.

Free Webinars: CNS

The Canadian Nutrition Society is offering many free educational webinars on various topics of interest including a wide variety of nutrition topics, evidence-based practice, and education and research skills. The webinars are 1 hour long and run from September – December 2019. The lineup can be viewed on the CNS website: here

CALL FOR EXPERTS – updating FAO/WHO recommendations on nutrient requirements for children aged 0 – 36 months – Zinc, Calcium and Vit D – deadline 15 September 2019

As part of the planned updating of WHO guidance on complementary feeding, the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) and the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) are establishing an expert group on nutrient requirements which will update nutrient requirements for children aged 0 – 36 months. The first 3 nutrients to be addressed are vitamin D, zinc and calcium.

If you are interested in joining this expert group, more information and how to apply can be found on the FAO website here: http://www.fao.org/nutrition/requirements/call-for-experts/en/.

Deadline for applications is 15th of September 2019.

IUNS at ACN 2019

The 13th Asian Congress of Nutrition took place in Bali, Indonesia, August 4-7, 2019. This congress is a four-yearly meeting of the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) and promotes scientific exchange between food and nutrition researchers, academia and professionals from Asian countries and globally.  The plenary speakers on the opening night of the Congress spoke on the theme of “Nutriomic applications and food Innovation Using cutting-edge technologies for well-being” and featured both the IUNS President, Professor Alfredo Martinez; and IUNS council member and President of FANS, Professor Teruo Miyazawa.