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IAEA Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Nutritional and Health- related Environmental Studies team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is available.

In this issue:

New UN-Nutrition chair, Najat Mokhtar. Photo by IAEA
  • IAEA Deputy Director General Najat Mokhtar appointed Chair of UN-Nutrition.
  • October meeting recordings on nuclear techniques for nutrition available.
  • Call for IAEA Body Composition Database Management Group members.
  • Updates on TC Programme Cycle and new Master of Nutrition and Nuclear Techniques.
  • Share nuclear technique study photos or videos.
  • Publications, success stories and more.
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The Federation of Oceanic Nutrition Societies (FONS) launch

Several years ago, with encouragement and support from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), members of the Nutrition Societies of Australia and New Zealand and representatives from Pacific Island Countries began conversations about the feasibility and usefulness of a Federation representing nutrition in Oceania.

Extensive consultation with stakeholders across Oceania representing various sectors (nutrition, dietetics, public health, NGOs, government, universities, and private practice) confirmed overwhelming enthusiasm and agreement that FONS can make a difference, and be a collective voice for, nutrition in Oceania, including all Pacific Island countries/jurisdictions, Australia and New Zealand.

The FONS inaugural Founding Members meeting was held on 11th October 2023 where the Constitution was approved, and Committee members were elected. 

The FONS was then launched at the recent Joint Conference of the Nutrition Societies of New Zealand and Australia in Albany, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand (28 November 2023). The launch event featured an overview of the development of FONS, two guest speakers and the rolling out of the mat which symbolizes FONS’s values and commitment to family and fellowship, networking, collaboration, and creating space for people to come together to have a conversation / talanoa / yarn / korero. IUNS kindly supported scholarships for Pacific Islands based Early- and mid-career representatives to attend and present at the conference.

The FONS working group, new committee and guest speakers at the launch event. Back row: Prof. Eugeni Roura (Committee member, Australia), Ms Elisiva Na’ati (President-Elect), Prof. Pam von Hurst (Secretary), Prof. Welma Stonehouse (working group), Dr Sarah Burkhart (President), Dr Jeanne Teisina (Guest speaker), Associate Prof. Pragya Singh (Committee member, Pacific Islands), Mrs Mallika Janakiraman (Committee member, New Zealand), Mr Sefano Katz (Guest speaker). Front row: Mrs Mafi Funaki-Tahifote  (Treasurer), Associate Prof. Tracy McCaffrey (working group) and Prof. Alison Coates (working group). Absent: Ms Josephine Maelaua (Committee member, Pacific Islands).

The purpose and values of FONS, as agreed with stakeholders, is to bring together people for the advancement of nutrition science (human and animal), health and wellbeing throughout Oceania. FONS values are People at the centre of what we do; Knowledge and Translation; Family and Fellowship; Equity, Inclusivity and Transparency; Respect, Trust and Integrity. 

FONS is looking forward to 

  • Enabling regional and global collaboration​;
  • Building capacity and capability across the region through activities that enable sharing of knowledge, research and networks​;
  • Creating communities of research and practice around shared challenges​; and
  • Amplifying the collective voice of the region​. 

We welcome you to join us. Membership of FONS is open to any individual or suitable organisation whose interests align with the FONS purpose and values. Major membership types include Ordinary or Organisation Members. Founding members will be members who join FONS during its establishment phase, from now until 31 March 2024. Up until this date, membership will be free but Founding Members can make a koha (donation) if they want to. From 1 April 2024, membership fees will be charged but will be minimal. The Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Nutrition Society of NZ (NSNZ) and the Pacific Community (SPC), have already confirmed their Organisation Membership.

For more information on FONS, please see their website: https://oceanicns.org/

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IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

The Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Section is excited to share its eNewsletter. 

In this issue:

  • How total energy expenditure has changed over time
  • Infant body composition reference charts
  • IAEA’s nutrition work
  • New protein quality of foods database
  • Benefits of using nuclear techniques to address malnutrition -IAEA’s podcast
  • Upcoming IAEA event: the use of nuclear techniques to address the nutritional challenges
  • Upcoming conferences where you can meet and hear from IAEA – FENS, FANUS

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Dr Prakash former Vice President of IUNS was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Rice Bran Oil Association.

With great pride and honour, Dr Vish Prakash, the past Vice President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), was recently bestowed with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Rice Bran Oil Association. This recognition is a testament to his significant contributions to Rice Bran oil science, technology, nutrition, and regulations, establishing it as a safe and healthy oil option.
India, renowned as the largest producer of Rice Bran oil worldwide, was the perfect backdrop for the momentous occasion. The award was presented by the esteemed International Rice Bran Oil Association from Vietnam, in collaboration with the Solvent Extractors Association of India, during their International Meeting held in Hyderabad in May 2023.
Dr Prakash, a prominent figure in the industry, addressed the distinguished gathering during the event. His insightful speech highlighted the imperative need for sustainable practices in promoting Rice Bran oil amidst the global agenda of reducing the impact of global warming.
Dr Prakash’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes his exceptional expertise and unwavering dedication to advancing the knowledge and understanding of Rice Bran oil. This recognition underscores the immense value he has brought to this beneficial oil’s scientific, technological, nutritional, and regulatory aspects.
The IUNS congratulates the success of Dr Prakash and honours the recognition of him as an influential and impactful scientist in nutrition.

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IAEA: eNewsletter The Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Section

Our colleagues at IAEA are excited to share their latest eNewsletter, including the launch of the UN Nutrition Strategy 2022- 2030. Stineke Oenema, Executive Secretary of UN-Nutrition, editor-in-chief of the strategy also co-chairs the IUNS Task Force on Sustainable Diets.

Also in this issue:

  • Proposition to create an online stable isotope user group
  • Special collection “Nuclear Techniques in Nutrition Research” in the Journal of Nutrition
  • Apply to the IAEA PhD Sandwich Fellowship Programme
  • Nuclear Explained – IAEA’s Podcast
  • Nuclear Data Reveals How Much Water You Should Drink Daily
  • Relation between breast milk intake and maternal education
  • Inaugural issue of the UN Nutrition Journal

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Nutrition at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)

The UN-Nutrition has announced the holding of 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November. 

More than 45,000 persons representing Parties, UN and regional organisations, companies, civil society, the scientific community, indigenous and local communities enrolled to enhance and accelerate climate action and follow through on collective commitments and pledges.

Food systems are on the COP27 agenda this year like never before. UN-Nutrition, the United Nations coordinating mechanism for nutrition, will continue to actively engage in raising awareness about the interconnections between diets, food systems, and climate change, as well as emphasising the importance of addressing nutritional and environmental challenges through collaborative policy options that generate co-benefits for people and the planet. UN agencies play an important role in assisting international, national, and subnational policymakers in developing evidence-based policies and programmes that benefit nutrition and the environment. At COP27, UN-Nutrition will advocate for the inclusion of healthy diets derived from sustainable food systems and improved nutrition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) (NAPs).

The following are some of the events that will be held that are related to nutrition:

  • For the first time in the history of the UN Conference of Parties, COP27 will have a pavilion dedicated to food and agriculture. Organized by FAOCGIAR and The Rockefeller Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Pavilion will host a rich program of events that will show how agrifood systems are part of the solution to the climate crisis, bringing together government and community leaders, farmers, academics and other experts who are taking decisions on innovative solutions to help countries take effective climate action.

Check out the Food and Agriculture Pavilion program here: https://cop27foodpavilion.cgiar.org/


  • Small-scale farmers produce up to 80 per cent of the food in developing countries but receive less than 1.7 per cent of climate finance. Also this year, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be at COP27 to amplify the voices of small-scale producers and promote their role in climate change responses and resilient food systems.

Check out the IFAD Pavilion program here: https://www.ifad.org/en/web/events/cop27


  • Climate change is already affecting people’s health and will continue to do so at an accelerating rate unless urgent action is taken. The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and partners will host the Health Pavilion that will convene the global health community and its partners to ensure health and equity are placed at the center of the climate negotiations.

Check out the Health Pavilion program here: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/11/06/default-calendar/cop27-health-pavilion


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IAEA Newsletter

The Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Section is excited to share its second eNewsletter. 

In this issue:

  • A revised e-learning experience
  • A new research project and a new database on breast milk intake
  • The first ‘Nuclear in Nutrition’ interview
  • Highlights on the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets for All

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St. John’s Research Institute produced a lower cost model of a total body potassium counter to accurately measure body cell mass of individuals with uncertain hydration status such as pregnant women, children in early stages of life and people with acute malnutrition or with cancer. (Photo: SJRI) St. John’s Research Institute produced a lower cost model of a total body potassium counter to accurately measure body cell mass of individuals with uncertain hydration status such as pregnant women, children in early stages of life and people with acute malnutrition or with cancer. (Photo: SJRI)

IAEA NAHRES Newsletter Jan 2022

Articles include:

  • The continued cooperation with IAEA Collaborating Centre St. John’s Research Institute to better understand complex nutritional problems – what’s next? 
  • And a new IAEA infographic on the use of nuclear techniques in cancer prevention and care

IAEA Infographic on the use of nuclear techniques in cancer prevention and care
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IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

The 14th Newsletter of the Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Section of The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) is now available. 

In this issue you can read a special article from Rachel Marklew of the IUNS Task Force ICONIC on their international work to advance collaborative engagement in nutrition, physical activity, and cancer.

Other news includes updates on research projects, virtual meetings, conferences and webinars, reports, and new tools, as well as some inspiring success stories and latest IAEA news.

The European Association for the Study of Obesity- Newsletter

The EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity) newsletter is available. Read about upcoming conferences, their Advocating on Obesity Online Workshop Series, and EU projects focused on Protein and Sweeteners and Sweetness enhancers.

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