The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is dedicated to advancing nutrition science research and knowledge and applying our work in the field to mobilize communities. Taking a collective action approach, our initiatives address micronutrient deficiencies, obesity, adolescent nutrition in low income areas, the use of electronic health records for public health, and many more issues.
The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science develops and advances science-based solutions to pressing challenges in the field of nutrition. Read more...
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The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science offers numerous options for organizations and individuals who wish to get involved, including partnerships, special projects, working group participation and conference sponsorships. Our partnership guidelines provide details on the parameters of partnering with us. Learn more...
Programs of the Sackler Institute are supported by the Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation. In addition, grants and collaborations enable us to expand our activities, benefiting an extensive network of scientists and elevating the role of nutrition science in public health.
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About the Research Fund
The Sackler Institute’s Research Fund provides a mechanism to allocate internal and external (matched) resources to research grants. The Research Fund is well aligned with the Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science (2013) and the current objectives of the Sackler Institute, including Adolescent Nutrition, Obesity and Aging.
The Collaborative Initiative for Adolescent Nutrition
In November 2016, the Sackler Institute convened for the first time all the grantees that had been supported to conduct research specifically on adolescent nutrition. Scientists used observational studies to explore the links between nutritional status, diet and other predictors such as physical activity, socio-economic status, maternal education etc.
The conclusions of the first round of research projects suggested that priorities should focus on better understanding the trajectory of adolescents, not only in terms of growth but also in terms of occupation, whether they are at home, in school, or working; as well as on promoting the development of adolescent-friendly delivery platforms for health and nutrition interventions. To address these research gaps, the Sackler Institute research fund put out a call for proposals in 2017 and subsequently funded six new research projects, which are currently still underway today.
Award Winners and Current Grantees
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Using Scientific Evidence to Drive Collective Action in Nutrition and Public Health
Works with all sectors to facilitate the development and dissemination of evidence to guide actions and policies locally and globally.
- Task Force Meeting on Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy: Meeting 1
- Task Force Meeting on Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy: Meeting 2
- Evidence-based tools for decision-making in nutrition programs: A workshop to support adoption and utilization: Meeting 1
- Evidence-based tools for decision-making in nutrition programs: A Workshop to support adoption and utilization: Meeting 2
- Vitamin D and Thiamine Consultation Series
- Vitamin D: Beyond Bone
- Biomarkers in Nutrition: New Frontiers in Research and Application
- Current Dietary Phosphorus Intake: Are there Potential Implications for Public Health?
Global Compact for Early Childhood Development (GCECD) was developed to improve the lives of urban children from gestation through age three.
Focuses attention on the nutritional status of adolescent girls and young women in low and middle income countries.
Addresses nutrition problems in aging populations.
- Hidden Hunger: Solutions for America’s Aging Population
- Aging and Nutrition: Novel Approaches and Techniques
- Managing Disease-Related Lean Body Mass Loss through Clinical and Nutrition Interventions
- The Role of Nutrition in Dementia Prevention and Management
- The Paradox of Overnutrition in Aging and Cognition
- Sirtuins, Longevity and Adaptations to Nutrient Availability
Researching the health, social, cultural, economic, and environmental consequences of dietary practices.
- Sustainable Nutrition Workshop
- Antibiotics in Food: Can Less Do More?
- Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges
- Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions
- Consumer Behavior and Food Science Innovations for Optimal Nutrition
- Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Nutrition Interventions Across the Continuum of Care
- Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality
Obesity and Diabetes
Dedicated to enhancing the use of nutrition science in public health strategies to combat obesity.
- Big Data, Consumer Technology, and the Obesity Epidemic: Emerging Science and Ethical Considerations
- Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality
- Early-Life Influences on Obesity: From Pre-Conception to Adolescence
- Super-Sized World: The Global Obesity Epidemic
- Application of Combined 'omics Platforms to Accelerate Biomedical Discovery in Diabesity
- Brain vs Gut: Can Appetite be Restrained?
- Current Evidence on Non-caloric Sweeteners and their Health Implications
- Nutrition and the Science of Disease Prevention: A Systems Approach to Support Metabolic Health
- The Good Fat: Understanding Adipogenesis and Function of Brown Fat
Science & the City Series
- Science & the City: Hats off to Bacteria
- Science & the City: Feeding the Planet: An Evening with Alan Weisman
- Science & the City: Bugs for Breakfast: Are Insects the Future of Food?
- Science & the City: Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner
- Science & the City: Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?
- Science & the City: The Science of Local Food
- Science & the City: The Science Behind the Hype: Resveratrol in Wine & Chocolate
- Science & the City: Can Oysters Save New York Harbor?
- How to Make Eggs in Space
- Probiotics, Prebiotics, and the Host Microbiome: The Science of Translation
- Capacity Building in Nutrition Science: Revisiting the Curricula for Medical Professionals
- A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science
- Global Capacity Building in Nutrition Science: Training Future Practitioners, Empowering Future Leaders
A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science
The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, a program of The New York Academy of Sciences, and in collaboration with the World Health Organization, launched in 2013 a global initiative to formulate a research agenda for nutrition science to set the stage for new explorations, finding ways to best translate this agenda into effective action to improve human nutrition worldwide.
While science has come a long way in establishing the importance of good nutrition, many questions remain to be answered — from the effectiveness of past and current nutritional interventions to the core functioning of many of the biological processes involved. For real progress to be made against the global crisis of malnutrition, a consensus must be built around the most critical knowledge gaps.
Why a Research Agenda?
Read the full report here: A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science
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This Agenda was created through a collaborative process involving stakeholders from every aspect of the global nutrition community. To begin the process, The Sackler Institute assembled a Research Advisory Group, made up of independent experts from the nonprofit and academic sectors. This group identified three focus areas that represent the broad categories where further research is most needed. Working groups were then assembled that further refined each focus area and identified a total of twenty-five key issues of high interest and critical gaps in knowledge.
The Focus areas are as follows:
Focus Area 1:
Environmental and societal trends affecting food and nutrition among vulnerable populations
Focus Area 2:
Unresolved issues of nutrition in the lifecycle, with a particular focus on the mother and child.
A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science:
Building Consensus on Knowledge Gaps
to Stimulate High Impact Research
New York Academy of Sciences, December 17th- 18th, 2012
For more information from the conference, visit the eBriefing here.