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Former IUNS Vice-President Lindsay Allen, PhD inducted into USDA Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame

Lindsay Allen, PhD joins a prestigious group of scientists from USDA-ARS in the Science Hall of Fame.

IUNS congratulates former Vice-President of IUNS, Lindsay Allen, PhD, on her induction into the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame.

As announced by ASN this week, this prestigious honor is reserved for ARS employees whose work has had a significant impact on agricultural research by solving a problem through research and whose accomplishments continue to be internationally recognized by the scientific community. No more than two scientists from ARS are inducted each year. Dr Allen is being honored for her outstanding and sustained research contributions which led to the discovery that multiple micronutrient deficiencies that stem from poor dietary quality, rather than protein-energy deficiency, and are a major cause of stunting and functional impairment. As a result, her research has had a major impact on global maternal and infant health, and pregnancy and lactation outcomes in particular. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) adopted micronutrient supplement formulations for infants and pregnant women that Dr Allen helped to develop. Dr Allen also led the authorship of guidelines for micronutrient fortification of food for the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which have been widely cited and translated.  She has conducted many studies including randomized controlled supplementation and feeding trials in low-income populations to understand the prevalence, causes, and metabolic and functional effects of micronutrient deficiencies, published in 330 articles.

Dr Allen served on the IUNS Council member between 2001 and 2005 and continued serving on the IUNS Council as Vice-President for two further terms between 2005 and 2013.

She has also served as President of ASN during the 2020-2021 year and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Past President. She is the past Center Director and currently a Research Physiologist (ST) in the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) which is located on the campus of the University of California, Davis. She has served ASN as the first President of the Society for International Nutrition Research (now the Global Nutrition Council), Associate Editor for The Journal of Nutrition, and ASN representative to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and the ASN Membership Committee. Accompanied by the bestowment of the 2012 ASN Fellow Award, Dr Allen’s contributions to ASN have been honored as the recipient of the McCollum International Lectureship Award, the Conrad Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition, the Kellogg International Nutrition Prize, and the 2016 Outstanding Investigator Award from the Vitamins & Minerals RIS. Her international recognition includes the Career Achievement in Evidence Translation Award from the Mathile Institute.

A panel of peers from USDA-ARS, other federal agencies, or academia selects no more than two scientists each year to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductees must be retired or eligible for retirement from ARS must have produced a major impact on agricultural research and made accomplishments that continue to be recognized by the agricultural research community. In addition, inductees must possess the character and record of achievement worthy of emulation by younger scientists and be nationally or internationally recognized by peers in the scientific community.

Free Webinar: March 30th Challenge & Change – the African View of L&D in 2022

The upcoming webinar from eLearning Africa “Challenge and Change – the African View of Learning & Development (L&D) in 2022” will take place online this Wednesday, March 30 from 13:30 – 14:30 hrs GMT. This event will be hosted by Donald H Taylor, Chair, Learning Technologies Conference.

About the Webinar:

Last year, L&D globally was dominated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. What has changed this year, as we emerge from its impact?

The answer: everything has changed, and nothing has. Technology, expectations and much more has altered over the past two years, but the organisational focus is still very much on delivering training, rather than helping people learn and – with a few exceptions – L&D seems far from its goal of providing strategic input at the highest levels.

In this session, Donald will explain the key themes in L&D that emerged from his L&D Global Sentiment Survey 2022, answered this year by over 3,500 people in 112 countries worldwide. He’ll look at major trends, some of the geographical differences across the world, and explore the results from Africa in some detail.

  • L&D’s shifting priorities in 2022
  • The challenges we’re facing across the world
  • Are we moving from technology to humanizing L&D?
  • The Why and the How of L&D this year
  • Listening to L&D voices from Africa

This will be a highly topical, important and interactive event and should be a fascinating discussion.

Join on Wednesday, March 30 from:

Start time: 13:30 GMT / UTC  – 14:30 WAT – 15:30 CAT / CEST / SAST – 16:30 EAT

End time: 14:30 GMT / UTC  – 15:30 WAT – 16:30 CAT / CEST / SAST – 17:30 EAT

Webinar Registration

ASN Nutrition Live 2022 – Registration now open.

NUTRITION 2022 from the American Society for Nutrition is now a year-round learning experience, featuring their annual flagship meeting plus ongoing professional development events.

In June, immerse yourself in NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE, a 2 ½ day virtual event offering the best and latest information and networking opportunities.

And all throughout the year, take smaller breaks in your day for micro-burst sessions delivered in various formats to complement different learning styles. Pick and choose what you want or opt-in for the All-Access Pass. NUTRITION 2022 allows you to create the best experience for you.

Visit https://nutrition.org/nutrition-2022-live-online/ for more information.

IAEA Suggestions of potential topics based on the assessment of body composition and human milk intake and possible stakeholders

IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme 2024-2025 Cycle now open

IAEA are happy to announce that their new Technical Cooperation (TC) Programme for the cycle 2024-2025. National, Regional and Inter-regional project concept notes for capacity building projects can now be prepared and submitted to the IAEA for consideration for funding.

If you have an interesting project idea, please get in contact with the National Liaison Officer (NLO) in your country immediately since the deadline for submitting project outlines to the IAEA is 30 April 2022. The NLO is the primary contact person between the IAEA and your country and will be able to provide guidance on the format and the process. 

IAEA are proposing in the image above a few topics and isotope techniques for projects and possible stakeholders to involve from the beginning. Please consider how to align the project idea to priority developmental needs and national strategies in your country.

Please contact NAHRES (nahres@iaea.org) if you do not know who your NLO is or if you would need additional information.

To learn more about The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) programme on nutrition and how it enhances countries’ capabilities to combat malnutrition for better health throughout life, read their factsheet here.

Call for Papers: WHO Special Theme Issue “Chatbots and COVID-19″.

JMIR Publications is delighted to announce a collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in publishing a theme issue entitled “Chatbots and COVID-19“.

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) (IF 5.43) is issuing a Call for Papers for a special theme issue to examine the use of chatbots during the pandemic.

JMIR and the WHO welcome submissions related to the development, use, and impact of chatbots during the pandemic and into the future.

For this theme issue, the article processing fee (APF) is discounted by 20%.

Submissions due: 30 April 2022

Initial decisions: 30 June 2022

Publication begins: 30 November 2022

The “Chatbots and COVID-19” theme issue will showcase research papers based on the WHO’s work with chatbots.  This theme issue springs from the WHO’s experience in building and utilizing chatbots to share information and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO’s webinar series invited governments, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to come together to discuss and share lessons learned during the pandemic.

The guest editors for this theme issue are:

•             Andy Pattison, Team Lead Digital Channels at the WHO in Geneva.

•             Gini Arnold, Head of the Ambassador Team in the Department of Social Determinants at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

•             Robert Marten, Scientist at the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at the WHO in Geneva.

•             Hebe Gouda, Epidemiologist and Project Officer with the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative in Geneva.

•             Tina Purnat, Team Lead for Infodemic Management at the Unit for High Impact Events Preparedness, Department of Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness at the WHO.

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Call for Papers: 21st IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology

Abstract submission and competitions are open until 1st March 2022.

 The 21st IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology takes place in Singapore 31 October – 3 November 2022.

Submit your abstract for the scientific programme under the following concurrent themes and sub themes

  • Agri and Aqua-Technology
  • Food Chemistry and Ingredients
  • Food Processing and Engineering
  • Future of Food Manufacturing
  • Food Packaging and Material Science
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sensory and Consumer Science
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Traditional and Future Food
  • Food Safety and Regulatory Science
  • Public Private Partnership and Open Innovation
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Call for contributions: UN Nutrition Journal #1

Call for Contributions

UN Nutrition Journal #1, year 1

Transforming Nutrition

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2022

The 1st edition of the UN Nutrition Journal (UNNJ), the annual thematic peer reviewed journal of UN Nutrition, will focus on the theme Transforming Nutrition.

2021 has been an important year for global nutrition and the UN Nutrition Journal invites potential contributors to capture conclusions, lessons and gaps from the processes and events that took place during the year, such as the UN Food Systems Summit (September 2021) and the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit (December 2021), as well as COP15 on Biodiversity and COP26 on Climate Change (October-November 2021), and more.

They would particularly welcome contributions with insights on the potential of commitments made during UNFSS and N4G summit to transform nutrition.

Also, they would welcome examples of the advances in the digital world for nutrition transformation, in follow up to the previous UNSCN Nutrition 45 on Nutrition in a Digital World.

UNNJ#1 welcomes academically rigorous research studies and reviews, perspectives, and insights on what works and how, and on examples of new programming approaches to enable cross cutting action for transforming nutrition, to upscale implementation of the whole spectrum of multiple duty policies and programme options that simultaneously address malnutrition in all its forms, climate change and inequalities, while ensuring solutions are developed in a participatory and inclusive way and human rights are progressively realized.

For more information, visit the UN Nutrition landing page.

Contributions are welcome along, but not exclusively, the following perspectives:

•             What are examples of concrete actions interlinking the Nutrition Decade’s action areas that are transforming nutrition for the better?

•             How can social protection be used as a transformative tool? What are examples linking up social protection, food, and health systems?

•             What are examples of innovative tools and approaches for inter-sector nutrition programming and/or capacity building?

•             How can transformative nutrition action be designed and implemented within new development paradigms, such as participatory economies?

•             How can trade and financial investments be tapped upon and leveraged for transforming nutrition?

•             What are examples or insights on embedding the human right to adequate food in laws and regulations along all action areas?

•             What are examples of inclusive processes contributing to better nutrition by creating an enabling food environment?

•             What transformative actions can strengthen good governance for nutrition at all levels to ensure safe and supportive environments that tackle inequalities?

Contributions can be submitted on the following categories:

Feature articles: 3,000 words articles related to the general topic of the publication observing the perspectives listed above. The articles will be submitted to peer review and can include conceptual contributions or original research with preference for operational studies.

Innovations: 1,500 words articles highlighting an innovative approach, technology, apps, or others that have proven or high potential capacity to transform nutrition.

Insights: 1,500 words articles with the authors’ views regarding the perspectives listed above. The section sometimes features a counterpoint by another author holding an opposite opinion to stimulate debate.

Letter to the editor: 500 words letters to the editor can be published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Contributions are welcome from academia, researchers, programme managers, programme designers, implementers, and hands-on field teams from all over the world.  UNNJ particularly encourages contributions from the various stakeholders’ groups from low- and mid-income countries.

On-line submission:

Please submit your contributions by using the UN Nutrition Publications and Events Manager platform available here. If you encounter difficulties in using the system, please inform the UN Nutrition Secretariat by sending an email to unnutrition@fao.org with the title “Publications and Events Manager malfunction”. You will then be assisted in using the system.

For editorial information, please refer to the UN Nutrition Journal Guidelines for Contributors available here.

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.