A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science

A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science

Monday, December 17, 2012 - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The New York Academy of Sciences

The field of nutrition sciences has made significant progress in mainstreaming nutrition as central to survival and critical to maintaining health. There are, however, still many questions left unanswered, from core biological concepts to those related to the evaluation of public health interventions. With limited resources and pressing needs, identifying the most critical knowledge gaps is essential to guide scientists towards much needed research and is a first step towards building the kind of consensus that will actually transform the way malnutrition is tackled.

This conference will present a research agenda for nutrition science developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and many global experts. It will emphasize the continuum starting from identifying research gaps, to dissemination, advocacy and eventually influencing policies and practices. This research agenda will become an effective tool to address the nutritional problems of today and those of the future, and provide a basis for creating dynamic collaborations among research institutions and implementing agencies, effective dissemination of scientific knowledge, and consensus building among stakeholders.

Lectures and panel discussions will feature key researchers, policy makers, and leaders from the public and private sector who will discuss the role of science and evidence in their decision-making process and help explore how to best translate a research agenda into actions. The role of capacity building to generate as well as disseminate quality research with public health applications will also be discussed.

For additional details about this event, please visit nutritionresearchagenda.org.

*Reception to follow.

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Agenda

* Presentation Times Are Subject to Change.


Day 1 — Monday, December 17, 2012

8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks
Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences
Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD, Executive Director, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
David Nabarro, MD, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General For Food Security and Nutrition (Via Video)

9:15 AM

Keynote Address
Why A Research Agenda For Nutrition Science?
Francesco Branca, MD, PhD, World Health Organization

9:35 AM

The Evolution of Nutrition Science and its Role in Shaping the Future of Scientific Endeavors to Improve Nutrition
Jean-Pierre Habicht, MD, PhD, Cornell University

SESSION 1: A GLOBAL RESEARCH AGENDA FOR NUTRITION SCIENCE: OUTCOMES OF THE CONSULTATION

10:00 AM

Methodological Approaches to Developing a Research Agenda
Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD, Executive Director, The Sackler Institute For Nutrition Science

10:20 AM

Focus Area 1: Environmental and Societal Trends Affecting Food and Nutrition: The Complexity of Identifying Pathways to Nutritional Quality and Describing Trade-offs; with Commentary
Anna Herforth, PhD, Independent Consultant
Commentator: Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM

Focus Area 2: Unresolved Issues of Nutrition in the Lifecycle: Pre-conception to Early Childhood; Moving from Single Nutrients to a Systems Biology Food-based Approach; Malnutrition, Infection and Developmental and Functional Outcomes; with Commentary
Tahmeed Ahmed, PhD, International Centre For Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Jay Berkley, MD, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Program
Ben Van Ommen, PhD, TNO
Commentator: John G. Kral, MD, PhD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

12:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Focus Area 3: Program Theory and Impact Pathways to Support Effective Delivery of Nutrition Interventions; with Commentary
Purmina Menon, PhD, IFPRI, India
Commentator: Gretel Pelto, PhD, Cornell University

3:00 PM

Additional Q&A Session

3:15 PM

Coffee Break

SESSION 2: THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION IN NUTRITION

3:30 PM

Keynote Address
How Disseminating Scientific Knowledge and Evidence Can Lead To Change in the Field
Robert E. Black, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University

4:00 PM

Panel Discussion A
Disseminating Scientific Results to Members of the Science Community and the Public: What Are the Options?
Moderator: Sera Young, PhD, Cornell University
Dennis Bier, MD, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Douglas M. Braaten, PhD, The New York Academy of Sciences
Lou Woodley, Nature

5:00 PM

Networking Reception

6:00 PM

End of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM

Introductory Remarks For Day 2
Michael I. Mcburney, PhD, FACN, DSM-Nutritional Products

SESSION 3: TRANSLATING GAPS INTO RESEARCH AND RESEARCH INTO KNOWLEDGE

9:25 AM

Panel Discussion B
Getting Research Done: Aligning Needs and Capacity
Moderator: Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
Raoul Bino, PhD, Wageningen University and Research Center
Alan Dangour, PhD, Department of International Development (DFID)
Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD, FRCP(c), Columbia University
Dominic Schofield, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition(GAIN)
Ellen Piwoz, ScD, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Emorn Wasantwisut, PhD, Mahidol University

10:45 AM

Illustrating the Agenda: Connecting Disciplines
Hygiene, Development and Nutrition in Zimbabwe
Rebecca Stoltzfus, PhD, Cornell University

Role of, and Impact On, Economic Factors and Food Security
Laurette Dubé, PhD, Mcgill World Platform For Health and Economic Convergence

11:45 AM

Illustrating the Agenda: Innovations
New Frontiers in Nutrition Science to Address Over and Under-nutrition Issues
Derek Yach, DSc (Honoris Causa), MPH, MBChB, The Vitality Group
Stuart Craig, PhD, DuPont Nutrition and Health

12:45 PM

Lunch

SESSION 4: HOW SCIENCE IS USED TO INFORM PROGRAM AND POLICIES, AND THE FEEDBACK LOOP

1:45 PM

Panel Discussion C
Scientific Knowledge in Advocacy, Policy, Development of Recommendations and Program Implementation

Moderator: Nabeeha Kazi, MIA, MPH, Humanitas Global Development

  1. Evidence-based Advocacy Efforts (Jennifer Rigg, MPA, 1000 Days)
  2. Formulating Recommendations (Francesco Branca, MD, PhD, World Health Organization)
  3. Implementing Policy: Using and Adapting Evidence in the Field (Eric Swedberg, MPH, PhD, Save the Children)
  4. Evaluating Policy (Michele Cecchini, PhD, OECD)

2:45pm

Panel Discussion D
Driving Evidence-Based Nutrition Policies at the National Level: Challenge and Opportunities
Moderator: David Pelletier, PhD, Cornell University
Guansheng MA, MD, PhD, CDC China
Molly Kretsch, PhD, USDA
Rokiah Don, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Barbara Dennison, MD, New York State Department of Health

3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM

Breakout Session (By Invitation Only)
What Next? Activating a Global Research Agenda

5:00 PM

End of Breakout Session

Speakers

Organizer

Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

Keynote Speakers

Francesco Branca, MD, PhD

The World Health Organization

Jean-Pierre Habicht, MD, PhD

Cornell University

Robert E. Black, MD, MPH

Johns Hopkins University

Speakers

Tahmeed Ahmed, PhD

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD

The Sackler Institute For Nutrition Science

Jay Berkley

KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme

Raoul Bino, PhD

Wageningen University and Research Center

Zulfiqar Bhutta, PhD

Aga Khan University

Michele Cecchini

OECD

Stuart Craig

DuPont

Alan Dangour

DFID

Richard Deckelbaum

Columbia University

Barbara Dennison

New York State Department of Health

Rokiah Don

Ministry of Health Malaysia

Laurette Dube, PhD

McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence

Anna Herforth

Independent Consult

Molly Kretsch

USDA

Shiriki Kumanyika

University of Pennsylvania

Guansheng Ma, PhD

CDC China

Michael McBurney

DSM (Nutritional Products)

Purnima Menon, PhD

IFPRI India

Ellen Piwoz, ScD, MHS

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jennifer Rigg

1000 Days

Dominic Schofield

GAIN

Rebecca Stoltzfus, PhD

Cornell University

Eric Swedberg

Save the Children

Ben VanOmen

TNO

Emorn, Wasantwisut, PhD

Mahidol University

Lou Woodley

Nature

Derek Yach

The Vitality GROUP

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