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2017-2019 Science Trend Report now available!

The 2017-2019 Science Trend Report: Insights and Implications provides early signals of emerging developments in areas of scientific and technology innovation, in addition to emerging trends in regulatory science, research funding, consumer science, and public policy and organization movements.

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Maternal undernutrition accounts for 800,000 neonatal deaths each year
Malnutrition accounts for 800,000 neonatal deaths annually and 165 million cases of childhood stunting worldwide. Intervention, including food nutrient fortification, is most effective from pregnancy to 2 years of age, and successful programs to eradicate undernutrition will require government support and global leadership. Read more.

Research finds new links between circadian rhythm, eating patterns and human health
The circadian rhythm (CR) influences eating patterns, metabolic homeostasis and disease pathogenesis. Emerging research suggests dietary components and the gut microbiome impact CR. Read more.

CRISPR gene-editing technology sees new applications in food safety
CRISPR was chosen as Science’s Breakthrough of the Year in 2015. This gene editing tool is currently being applied to agricultural product research and food safety initiatives. Read more.

What do these insights mean for you? Read the Science Trend Report.

Get the highlights in the Emerging Science Brief.

 ILSI North America supports harmonization of food safety standards in the Arab region

Food safety is an essential component of a global food marketplace. ILSI has partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to support harmonization of food safety standards in the Arab region. ILSI North America is taking the lead in this capacity-building initiative called “Arab Food Safety Initiative for Trade Facilitation” (SAFE). ILSI’s newest branch, ILSI Middle East, is partnering with UNIDO on an additional initiative: the Arab Food Safety Scientists (AFSS) Platform.

As part of this partnership, ILSI North America was invited along with EFSA, ANSES and BfR to present at the Arab/European Workshop on Food Safety Risk Assessment at the Dubai International Food Safety Conference (November 2017). Dr. Mansi Krishan presented work supported by the Food and Chemical Safety Committee: “Considerations when using longitudinal cohort studies to assess dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic and chronic health outcomes.”

More information about this event can be found here: http://ilsina.org/event/arab-european-workshop-on-food-safety-risk-assessment-at-the-dubai-international-food-safety-conference-2018/

Learn more about the work of the Food and Chemical Safety Committee.

Food Microbiology Committee funds new research to improve sampling of bulk food products

How can we ensure the safety of bulk food lots? The latest research grant awarded by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee addresses this question.

Dr. Matthew Stasiewicz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has received support for his research project “Simulating Large-Number Bulk- Product Sampling to Improve Food Safety Sampling Plans.” This research will provide tools to improve sampling of bulk food products including produce, corn, and powders to help prevent foodborne outbreaks.

This research was funded as a result of the Food Microbiology Committee’s most recent RFP process for research on Sampling and Sample Preparation for Microbiological Testing, as part of its continuous research program.

Learn more about the work of the Food Microbiology Committee.

Food and Chemical Safety Summer Fellow Receives 4 SOT Awards

The ILSI North America Food and Chemical Safety Committee supports a fellowship program designed to train students interested in pursuing careers in food chemical safety and toxicology.  The 2017 Summer Fellow, Ms. Jalissa Wynder, was selected for 4 awards by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) for her 2017 summer fellowship work on “Evaluating the Applicability of Read-Across Tools and High-Throughput Screening Data for Food Relevant Chemicals”:

  • 2018 Graduate Student Excellence Award of the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS). SOT has 27 specialty sections and RSESS is currently the largest specialty section and is highly competitive.
  • Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award Finalist from the Mechanisms and Risk Assessment Specialty Sections
  • Burdock Group SOT 2018 Student Travel Award, Food Safety Specialty Section
  • Toxicologists of African Origin Graduate Travel Award

Ms. Wynder will present a poster of her work at the SOT Annual Meeting held on March 11-15, 2018, in San Antonio, TX.

Learn more about the work of the Food and Chemical Safety Committee.

Videos of the ILSI North America Annual Meeting scientific sessions now available

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