Congress Information

Congress Concept & Theme

The main theme of the Congress is “Nutrition Security for All.”  The Congress will address nutrition as an integrative science, linking with other disciplines such as biomedical and life sciences; food and agriculture; social and behavioral sciences to engage and advance evidence-based policies and programs within comprehensive food and health delivery systems. 
The theme of the Congress will be addressed through 13 sub-themes broadly representing proximal determinants and ecological, social and cultural determinants of nutrition security for all people. 

Keynote Topic

Addressing Nutrition and Health Challenges for the 21st Century

Plenary Topics

Plenary I: Global Efforts Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Nutrition Well-being; Agriculture, Food Supply Systems and Trade for Nutrition Security

Plenary II: Molecular Genetics, Environment, and Diet-Related Diseases

Plenary III: Global Partnerships for Combating Obesity and Chronic Diseases

Plenary IV: Nutrition, Lifestyle and Cancer

Plenary V: Nutrition as a Sound Investment for Human Capital    

The Cascades Feature:

ICN 2009 will feature “Cascades” of the sub-themes below by grouping the related topics together and by encouraging the flow of scientific knowledge to its application.

Cascade I:  Scientific-based knowledge and model in nutrition science and food-based strategies

(a) Nutrient Requirements & Metabolism 

S01Polyunsaturated fatty acids and human health: getting the balance right
S08 Recent advances in methods to determine amino acid requirements and availability in humans and animals
S52Carbohydrates: Continuing controversies
S40EURRECA network of excellence – Aligning micronutrient requirements
S15Antioxidant defense/oxidative damage & nutrition
S38Optimal calcium and vitamin D nutrition

(b) Nutritional Assessment

S03Innovative tools and indicators for program planning and advocacy: mathematical modeling tools and new indicators for infants, young children and women of reproductive age
S23  Body composition from conception through infancy
S30Nuclear techniques to move the nutrition agenda forward
S50Household food security measurement in developing countries: can we inform better policy makers?

(c) Clinical Nutrition

S11Novel lipids and their implications to health
S18 The metabolic syndrome : New insights into mechanisms and treatment
S41Fight against malnutrition in hospitals

(d) Food-based Strategies/Interventions for Optimal Nutrition

S12Ensuring appropriate nutrition from the start: Infant and young child nutrition
S21 Infant and young child nutrition: public private partnerships: experience from the field
S33From biological efficacy to program effectiveness (the case of food fortification)

Cascade II: Integrating agriculture, food systems, indigenous cuisines and diet quality

(e) Agriculture and Food Systems

S16Biofortified crops as an emerging nutrition intervention for two continents: state of the art update on rice and maize
S02 Bridging agriculture and health through nutrition
S09Ensuring safe food supply - a continuing challenge

(f) Food Cultures, Cuisines, and Indigenous Diets

S53Asian food culture: Dietary factors for obesity and diabetes
S31  Glutamate function in human nutrition, taste and satiety
S04Various food practices for nutrition and health
S26Challenge to nutrition security among diverse and vulnerable populations in U.S. and Canada: Access and availability to healthier foods in a changing food environment
S48Indigenous peoples’ food systems and nutrition: Finding solutions in local cultures and environments

(g) Right to Adequate Food

S24The human right to adequate food as a basis for good governance for nutritional wellbeing
S39Nutritional benefit-risk assessments of foods and food consumption patterns
S54Protecting nutrition in times of food price crisis: Programs and policy responses
S42Econutrition: Integrating food based human nutrition with ecology and agrodiversity

Cascade III:  Application of knowledge to policy formulation, problem solving, disease prevention and health promotion

(h) Nutrition and the Triple “I”

S05 Meeting the nutritional needs of adults and children living with HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings: From science to practice
S10Iron and malaria interactions: Where are we now and where do we go from here?
S25Gut dynamics : the impact of prebiotics on gut health and well-being
S17Nutrition and infection, inflammation and the immune system - update on impact and mechanisms

(i) Obesity and Non-related Chronic Diseases

S13 Childhood obesity: A global challenge
S20Global alliance/WHO: Prevention and control of obesity and related chronic diseases
S28Food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer: Relevance & implications for global health

(j)  Nutrition Throughout the Life Course

S55Interactions within the ‘double burden’ of malnutrition: obesity, hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance and micronutrient deficiencies
S51 Preventing micronutrient deficiencies in women and young children: Emerging issues and latest findings
S27Impact of interventions to enhance zinc status
S06Correction of iodine deficiency in populations: strategies for control and the changing epidemiology of thyroid disorders with changes in iodine intake
S32 Nutrition, lifestyle, brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases: Quenching the fires of aging
S44Nutrition and cognition in children: possible mechanisms of action
S34The long term significance of nutrition in early childhood

k) Evidence-based Policies & Programs to Address the Global Health and Nutritoin Goals

S19Africa nutrition highlights
S36Asia nutrition highlights
S47Europe nutrition highlights
S45Latin America nutrition highlights

(l)Food & Nutrition Interventions for Health

S35 Obesity prevention – effective interventions using public-private partnerships
S43Communication and partnership building to improve child nutrition
S56A global perspective on consumer understanding and use of nutrition information on food labels
S46Nutrition profiling and labeling: current research, controversies and impact

Cross-Cutting Cascades I, II, and III

(m) Frontiers in Nutrition Research

S37Nutritional genomics in health and disease
S07Epigenetics: linking nutritional, hereditary and environmental aspects of human health
S14  Building better programs through delivery science: Experiences, challenges and the way forward
S22 Understanding policy processes in nutrition
S29Effects of micronutrient interventions early in life on health, development and survival later in life: Findings from randomized controlled trials (2 hours)
S49Amino acids and related metabolites; nutritional and physiological significances in regulation of normal appetite, digestion and homeostasis for healthier life

Important Dates :

30th April 2009
Late-breaking Abstract Submission Deadline

20th April 2009
Notification of Abstract Selection

4th July 2009
Deadline for Early-Bird Registration

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