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.

7th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth

Due to the unfortunate situation with COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth has been postponed to now be held on August 27 – 29, 2020 in London, the United Kingdom. N&G 2020 is the top meeting place 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/

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.

IUNS-FANUS TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP 2019

As part of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) efforts to support learned societies in the developing countries, the IUNS-FANUS Travel Fellowship 2019 Award supports deserving students worldwide to enable them participate in the 4th FANUS Nutrition Conference, Kigali, 26th to 29th August 2019.   

The Fellowship is open to university students or young scientists with an interest in nutrition who wish to participate in the largest continental scientific gathering on nutrition in Africa taking place from 26th to 29th August 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda. The award is given as a contribution towards travel costs including return air travel, accommodation and conference participation. In order to qualify for an Award, the applicant should have submitted an abstract for the conference which has been accepted either for an oral or a poster presentation. The selection for the award will also take into account equitable regional/ country distribution of those who meet the criteria. Four to five will be presented and these will vary between $800 – 1000 depending on costs. Closing date for applications is 15 July 2019 at noon.

For more information and an application form, please visit the FANUS website at this LINK

Free Webinar: Improving Birth Outcomes: What’s Next on Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation

WHEN: June 25, 2019; Two sessions from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
(10:30 – 11:30 am is for policymakers and program implementers; 12:00 – 1:00 pm is for researchers and clinicians.)
WHERE: Online only

The New York Academy of Sciences are holding a free webinar on the benefits, risks, and cost-effectiveness of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) during pregnancy.
REGISTER: 
nyas.org/mmspregnancy.