World Obesity: New SCOPE Courses

The SCOPE E- learning platform aims to provide the training needed to empowering healthcare professionals around the globe to provide the best possible care for patients with obesity. The platform features free online training including the latest modules:  ‘An Overview of Bariatric Surgery’ and ‘Medical Nutrition Therapy for Obesity’, with a third – ‘Emerging Therapies in Obesity Medicine’ – due for release imminently.

SCOPE New SCOPE module on medical nutrition therapy now available!
A brand-new SCOPE module, “Medical Nutrition Therapy for Obesity”, is available to access free of charge via SCOPE E-Learning.

Authored by Dr Geeta Appannah and Dr Mahenderan Appukutty, the module describes the different medical nutrition therapy interventions that can help patients with obesity, and the links between adherence to certain macronutrients, dietary patterns, fasting and weight management.

SCOPE Launch of new module ‘An Overview of Bariatric Surgery’
A brand-new SCOPE E-Learning module providing an essential summary of surgical and endoscopic interventions for obesity is now available to access.

The free course, authored by Prof Mohammed Al Naami, outlines the criteria used to define whether surgical intervention is indicated, and considers the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, as well as the potential complications of surgical procedures and implications of weight regain.

JLGC Seminar 2022

Free Online Seminar – Feb 15 2022

Local Food Strategies in Japan and the UK: Healthy Nutrition for All

This seminar will look at the work done towards improving nutrition by local authorities in Japan and what policymakers can possibly learn from this. Delivered by the UK based Japan Local Government Centre, this online policy seminar will be of primary interest to local government staff, councillors and professionals working in public health, nutrition and education, as well as those interested in international dialogue between cities and local governments more broadly.

SAVE THE DATE: CSO – WHO DG Dialogue on Sustainable Financing 17.12.2021

WHO inviting you to save the date for a CSO dialogue with WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sustainable Financing of WHO, planned for 17 December 2021 at 14.00-15.30 CET (Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris).

As you may know, there is currently a Member State Working Group on Sustainable Financing which will make recommendations to the WHO Executive Board in January 2022. Their fifth meeting will be held from 13-15 December and the Chair of that Working Group, Mr Björn Kümmel of Germany, will also participate in the dialogue to update CSOs on the outcomes of that meeting and the report that will be go forward to the Executive Board.

The CSO DG dialogues are organized to find proposals and solutions, working together in order to support the achievement of the WHO triple billion targets as well as to accelerate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. This dialogue will be organized to discuss how the sustainable financing of WHO supports these high level goals, the role that civil society can play by engaging and advocating with their constituencies at the national/subnational levels to generate support for a fully and sustainably funded WHO and the information that CSOs would find most useful as they engage with policy makers.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate the contact us at hmp@who.int.

More details and the agenda as well as the connection details will be communicated closer to the meeting.

NCI Launches Early Investigator Advancement Program, Accepting Applications Until December 31

EIAP Aims to Facilitate the Advancement of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds With the support of the Equity Council, NCI is launching the Early Investigator Advancement Program (EIAP) to facilitate the advancement of scientists from diverse backgrounds to become independent investigators.

The cancer research enterprise needs a continuous flow of talent through the research career pipeline to thrive. One critical juncture is the transition from junior investigator to independent investigator. Each year, EIAP will support the professional and career development of a cohort of eligible and qualified Early Stage Investigators and New Investigators from institutions across the country.   Early Investigator Advancement Program The EIAP aims to: Enhance professional skills; Guide preparation of an R01 grant application; Provide access to a mentoring and peer network; and Grow a community of emerging independent investigators from diverse backgrounds. Applications to the EIAP must be submitted by December 31, 2021. The target start date will be March 1, 2022. The EIAP will hold a pre-application webinar on December 9, 2021, from 4:00-5:00 pm Eastern. Potential applicants should visit the EIAP webpage for information about eligibility, application instructions, and the webinar link, which will be available very soon.

NCI values diversity and particularly encourages applicants from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, as noted in the NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031).

Contact: Dr. Alison Lin, EIAP@nih.gov

Specific info-sessions on Erasmus+ Capacity-building in Higher Education – 2022 Call for proposals

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is organising three specific Info-sessions on Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) – 2022 Call for proposals.

These three Info-sessions are targeting the following stakeholders and/or Regions:

  1. CBHE Infoday for newcomers – Strand 1 (14/12/2021)

https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/news-events/events/online-info-session-erasmus-capacity-building-higher-education-cbhe-fostering-access-cooperation_en

  • CBHE Infoday with a Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa (16/12/2021)

https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/news-events/events/online-info-session-erasmus-capacity-building-higher-education-cbhe-focus-sub-saharan-africa_en

  • CBHE Infoday with a Focus on Asia and Pacific (17/12/2021):

https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/news-events/events/online-info-session-erasmus-capacity-building-higher-education-cbhe-focus-asia-and-pacific_en

In the links provided you can find more information on each event and on how to participate. The presentations will be recorded and the PPTs will be published in the same website.

ICONIC – Special Focus Dialogue December 7 2021

ICONIC, the IUNS Task Force, will be holding its second Special Focus Dialogue in collaboration with UICC on Tuesday 7th December, with a focus this time on prehabilitation in cancer care:  Special Focus Dialogue: Prehabilitation – Multimodal interventions to improve resilience and response to treatment in cancer | UICC

Special Focus Dialogue: Prehabilitation – Multimodal interventions to improve resilience and response to treatment in cancer | UICC

Speakers

Chair: Dr Steve Wootton – Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of Southampton (UK), and Deputy Chair, International Collaboration on Nutrition in relation to Cancer (ICONIC) Prof. Franco Carli- Professor of Anesthesia and Associate Professor, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University (Canada), and Honorary Board Member, International Prehabilitation Society.

About

On receiving a diagnosis, people with cancer face many challenges. For some, the cancer may already have affected both their physical and nutritional state, as well as their psychological well-being, before treatment is started. Individually and combined, such changes can decrease patients’ resilience to cancer and affect their response to surgery or systemic anti-cancer treatment. To maximise health outcomes, patients need to be supported to address their nutritional needs, to engage in supervised and structured exercise therapy, and to access psychological support. Thanks to this prehabilitation, a patient’s physical and psychological resilience and response to treatment can be improved in a way that fosters a sense of control and purpose and enables them to take steps to improve and maintain their long-term health.

These principles have been included in a report published by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Royal College of Anesthetists and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration(link is external) calling for a greater focus on prehabilitation, including nutrition, physical activity and psychological support, in the delivery of cancer care. It is now increasingly evident that the principles of multimodal interventions prior to surgery are equally applicable across all aspects of improving the resilience and wellbeing of the patient prior, during and after therapy, or even for those receiving treatment with non-curable intent. 

In this Special Focus Dialogue, experts on prehabilitation in cancer will come together to share their experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating prehabilitation interventions, including how being nutritionally, physically, and psychologically ‘unfit’ might influence the resilience to cancer and how multimodal prehabilitation can help decrease treatment-related morbidity, increase cancer treatment options, and improve physical and psychological health outcomes.

Regular updates on all the Dialogues will be on Twitter (@iuns_iconic).

Canadian Nutrition Society Thematic Conference 2022

Advances in Nutrition & Immune Function

Taking place on Saturday, January 22, 2022, in Toronto, ON at Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. This one-day conference will feature presentations made by leading experts, offering the latest research on nutrition and immune function. Join CNS as we connect what this evidence means for those guiding patients in health practice! 

CNS is hopeful that we will be able to resume in-person participation along with live-streaming options and is monitoring the situation closely. We will be limiting the number of in-person attendees and will follow all province of Ontario Public Health guidelines.

Free Webinar: British Nutrition Foundation Healthier People on a Healthier Planet – the perfect outcome for a transformed food system

Morning conference from the British Nutrition Foundation: Healthier People on a Healthier Planet – the perfect outcome for a transformed food system (23 November, 10am-1pm).

The event considers the challenges and opportunities faced as we seek to define and encourage healthier and more sustainable diets for all. The programme comprises overviews from both an international and national perspective, supported by case studies championing the importance of evidence and illustrating innovative developments.

The event will be streamed live and is free to attended.

British Nutrition Foundation – Health Claims Unpacked

British Nutrition Foundation would like help connecting with nutrition departments at European universities.  

BNF have partnered with organisations including the University of Reading and the Technical University of Munich, to develop an-EU-funded project investigating the communication of health claims on food labels which is being led by the University of Reading https://www.healthclaimsunpacked.co.uk.

They would like to disseminate the project results to relevant university departments, and wish to create a list of universities across Europe that offer nutrition science degrees, similar to the list of UK accredited courses that is available on the Association for Nutrition website https://www.associationfornutrition.org/degree-accreditation/accredited-programmes. In the absence of an accrediting body within a particular country, a list held by a nutrition society of courses/programmes recognised by the society would also be useful.

If your society is able help BNF with any information on universities in your country, please get in contact with Dr. Stacey Lockyer here:  https://www.nutrition.org.uk/our-work/contact-us/

Nuclear Applications in Human Health for Effective Global Cancer Control – The Role of the IAEA

Monday, 15th November
10:30 – 11:30 GMT

Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer are more successful with the use of nuclear applications and techniques.

The IAEA Human Health Programme has been enhancing capabilities in Member States to better prevent, diagnose and treat diseases through the application of nuclear techniques in nutrition, imaging, and therapeutic applications, in cancer control and dosimetry services.

The IAEA offers education and training programmes, conducts coordinated research projects, issues guidelines, recommendations, and publications, offers quality assurance, implements dosimetry laboratory activities and technical cooperation projects, organizes experts’ meetings, develops, and maintains powerful databases, for and with Member States.

Join the event online to learn about the exciting ways the IAEA enhances cancer control, provides quality assurance, and contributes to patients’ safety globally.