Letter from the Executive Director: Clare Thorp, PhD

As the new Executive Director of ILSI North America, I am writing to thank you for the support you have provided thus far to make this organization what it is today. Before joining ILSI, I had always admired it for its mission and its unique ability to fill knowledge gaps that any one entity could not achieve on its own.

In the weeks since I have joined the organization, I have become so much more impressed – if that is even possible – as I have immersed myself in the operations of ILSI North America. The quantity, quality and integrity of the work taking place is remarkable. In my assessment to date, there is one indisputable conclusion: we have a mighty foundation upon which to build.

  • With ever-evolving public health issues, there has never been a better time for industry, academia and government to work together to serve society.
  • With the growing distrust of science and industry, our society has never experienced a greater demand for organizations to provide leadership on scientific integrity and transparency.
  • With shrinking research budgets across all sectors, there has never been a more important time for collaboration of diverse perspectives to make research stronger and to fill knowledge gaps that any one entity cannot achieve on its own.

It’s truly wonderful that ILSI North America is already adeptly and uniquely providing solutions to these substantial challenges.

As I continue to dive deeper into the work my role demands, I am very much looking forward to building on this foundation and working more with ILSI North America members, Board, committees and staff. I have many thoughts on how we can continue to grow and achieve even more.


Clare Thorp, PhD
Executive Director
ILSI North America

ILSI North America Adopts Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

For over 10 years, ILSI North America has been a leader in addressing issues of conflict of interest and public-private research partnerships. Our continued commitment to Scientific Integrity is most recently demonstrated by our adoption of the Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines.

The TOP Guidelines provide actionable steps for institutions to practice and promote transparent, reproducible, and rigorous research. By becoming a TOP Guidelines signatory, ILSI North America is supporting the principles expressed in the guidelines through their implementation by its funded researchers. Furthermore, ILSI North America strives to adhere to the levels specified here, recognizing that this process will take time and effort to achieve. Beginning July 1, 2018, all new projects moving forward will work to adhere to the TOP Guidelines.

Learn more about ILSI North America’s commitment to Scientific Integrity and implementation of the TOP Guidelines.

2019 ILSI Annual Meeting: A Brave New World in Nutrition and Food Safety

Registration is now open for the 2019 ILSI Annual Meeting: A Brave New World in Nutrition and Food Safety. Take advantage of Early Bird rates, available through November 30th, 2018.

The 2019 ILSI Annual Meeting & Science Symposium will be held at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater, Florida. This premiere gathering of scientists from around the world will focus on new technologies in food safety, diet and activity assessment, novel foods, and food processing and waste. This multidisciplinary meeting is an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge.

Learn more and register for the ILSI 2019 Annual Meeting & Science Symposium.


Register Now: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials

Registration is now open for the ILSI North America’s 1st International Conference on Food Packaging Safety: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials. The conference will be held in Washington, DC on April 2nd-3rd, 2019.

This global two-day conference will provide a forum to discuss state of the science on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment of food packaging materials. The conference will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions and three major scientific sessions on:

  1. Analytical Testing and Migration Assessments/Modeling
  2. Exposure and Toxicological Assessments
  3. Risk Assessment and Regulatory Science Interpretation

Public and private scientists, government officials, NGOs and students are encouraged to attend and submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts must be submitted online by November 19th, 2018. A limited number of cash awards will be awarded for winning posters.

For more information, including deadlines, please visit:

2018 by the Numbers: Recent Publications from ILSI North America Committees

ILSI North America's Nutrition and Food Safety Committees have published 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts to date in 2018, authored by 56 academic, 15 government, 7 nonprofit and 9 industry experts. Here are a few topics are scientists are studying:

View all recent publications from ILSI North America's Food Safety and Nutrition committees.