• Nutrition Science

  • Events 

    Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Advances in Human Microbiome Science

    Speakers: Jonathan Braun (University of CaliforniaLos Angeles), Rudolph Clerval (Enterome), Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich (King's College London), Michael A. Fischbach (University of California, San Francisco), Andy Goodman (Yale School of Medicine), Randy Longman (Weill Cornell Medical College), Sarkis Mazmanian (California Institute of Technology), Paul O'Toole (University College Cork), R. Balfour Sartor (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)

    In the human colon, the microbiome forms one of the densest bacterial ecosystems known in nature. This symposium will highlight recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on gut health.

    Friday, October 16, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)
    Speakers: Eliza Barclay (NPR), Sanjay Basu (Stanford University), Julia Belluz (, Jason P. Block (Harvard Medical School), Juan Angel Rivera Dommarco (National Institute of Public Health, Mexico), Helena Bottemiller Evich (Politico), Matthew Harding (Duke University), Terry Huang (CUNY School of Public Health), Nancy Huehnergarth (Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting), Barbara Laraia (University of California Berkeley), Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell University)

    Well-informed nutrition policy decisions which consider scientific evidence should strive for effective policies that improve health outcomes on a large scale. This one-day conference will focus on emerging research methodology, how to interpret research outcomes and how these can be used to inform policy.

    Monday, November 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Current Evidence on Non-caloric Sweeteners and their Health Implications

    Speakers: Kiyah Duffey (Virginia Tech), Gary D. Foster (Weight Watchers International, Inc), John Glendinning (Barnard College), Rick Mattes (Purdue University)

    This evening event will unpack current scientific research from multiple disciplines, regarding the effect of non-caloric sweeteners currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in foods and beverages in the United States, on weight management and health.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges

    Speakers: Seth Adu-Afarwuah (University of Ghana), Vincent Amanor-Boadu (Kansas State University), Richard Black (PepsiCo), Laurette Dubé (McGill University), Corinna Hawkes (City University London), Allan Hruska (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization), PK Joshi (International Food Policy Research Institute), Mark J Manary (Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Sonny Ramaswamy (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture), John L. Sievenpiper (University of Toronto), Joanne Slavin (University of Minnesota)

    This inaugural conference will look at the role of pulses in healthy and sustainable diets, examine how pulses can make critical contributions to public health, and explore opportunities for enhancing these benefits broadly through food system innovations.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Managing Disease-Related Lean Body Mass Loss through Clinical and Nutrition Interventions

    Speakers: Melissa J. Benton (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), David Evans (The Ohio State University), Gordon Jensen (The Pennsylvania State University), Robert Martindale (Oregon Health & Science University Healthcare), Peter A. McCullough (Dallas Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital), Gerard Mullin (Johns Hopkins Medicine), Dennis H. Sullivan (University of Arkansas), Paul Wischmeyer (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

    Lean Body Mass Loss Clinical and Nutrition Interventions

  • Past Events

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Nutrition and the Science of Disease Prevention: A Systems Approach to Support Metabolic Health

    Keynote Speaker: Frank Hu (Harvard School of Public Health)
    Speakers: Brian Bennett (University of North Carolina), Kevin Hall (National Institutes of Health), Rudolph Leibel (Columbia University), Patricia Mabry (National Institutes of Health), Anne McCartney (University of Reading), Christina A. Roberto (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

    This one-day conference will highlight the connection between nutrition and the complex science of preventing disease. Speakers will focus on promotion of optimal metabolic health, building on input from several complementary disciplines.

    March 26 - 27, 2015

    The Role of Nutrition in Dementia Prevention and Management

    Keynote Speakers: Miia Kivipelto (Karolinska Institutet), Irwin H. Rosenberg (Tufts University), A. David Smith (University of Oxford)
    Speakers: Cédric Annweiler (Angers University Hospital), Stephen Cunnane (Université de Sherbrooke), Agnes Flöel (Charité - University Medicine Berlin), Gary E. Gibson (Weill Cornell Medical College, Burke Medical Research Institute), Richard S. Isaacson (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital), Heather H. Keller (University of Waterloo), Max Lugavere (Independent Documentary Filmmaker), Joshua W. Miller (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), Martha Clare Morris (Rush University), Suzana Petanceska (National Institute on Aging), Helga Refsum (University of Oslo, Norway), Kirsten Tillisch (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA), Katherine L. Tucker (University of Massachusetts, Lowell), Natalia Wagemans (Nestlé Nutrition Institute)

    This conference will discuss issues of epidemiological perspectives and the role of nutrition in dementia prevention and management.

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions

    Keynote Speakers: Robert E. Brackett (Illinois Institute of Technology), Frank Yiannas (Walmart)
    Speakers: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner (Rutgers University), Benjamin Chapman (North Carolina State University), Marjorie Nolan Cohn (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), Jeff Farber (Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada), Linda J. Harris (UC Davis), Tanya Roberts (Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention), Victoria Salin (Texas A&M University), Manpreet Singh (Purdue University), William Sperber (The Friendly Microbiologist LLC)

    This conference will discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety.

    Friday, September 26, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Early-Life Influences on Obesity: From Pre-Conception to Adolescence

    Speakers: Shari Barkin (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Mina Desai (University of California Los Angeles Medical Center), Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bellow (New York University School of Medicine), Lawrence B. Finer (Guttmacher Institute), Stephen A. Krawetz (Wayne State University School of Medicine), Nancy F. Krebs (University of Colorado School of Medicine), Julie A. Mennella (Monell Chemical Senses Center), Nico S. Rizzo (Loma Linda University), Susanne Stormer (Novo Nordisk), Linda M. Szymanski (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Mark Lawrence Wahlqvist (Zhejiang University), Jane Wardle (University College London), Robert A. Waterland (Baylor College of Medicine), Christiane Wrann (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

    This conference will present how maternal nutrition, the microbiome, metabolic disorders, and fetal development affect obesity rates.

  • Publications 


    Annals Reports

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals volume presents discussions ofnutrition and the science of disease prevention; designing optogenetically controlled RNA for regulating biological systems; and how ion channels sense mechanical force

    Volume 1352


    Resveratrol and Health: 3rd International Conference

    Edited by Ole Vang (Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark) and John M. Pezzuto (University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii)

    Recent findings on the biological effects and therapeutic potential of resveratrol and its derivatives.


    Annals Reports

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    Reports on early-life influences on obesity; food safety considerations for innovative nutrition solutions; and a multifaceted cytokine that functions in both angiogenesis and inflammation


    Nutrition and Disease Prevention: A Systems Approach to Metabolic Health

    Keynote Speaker: Frank Hu (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

    This eBriefing explores research on metabolic health from several disciplines and looks at how different types of data combine to explain physiology and disease.

  • Podcasts

    Understanding nutrition's impact on health requires an intricate knowledge of all the different systems within the human body. Learn how a systems approach to nutrition could change the field.

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    A recent conference held at the Academy asked a downright outrageous question: Can dementia be prevented by making changes to your diet? In this podcast we look at what the answers might be.

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    In the second of a two-part series, experts look at the links between health and nutrition. They examine everything from how nutrition impacts hospital stays, to cancer and aging, to developing food science innovations, and improving diet.

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