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Staying out front on scientific issues

The FNSP serves as the primary body to identify, coordinate and initiate action on emerging issues or previously unaddressed scientific issues related to nutrition and food safety.   On an annual basis ILSI North America requests members, government liaisons, scientific advisors and associated individuals to highlight topics that they feel are relevant to ILSI North America and within the scope of the organization.  This survey helps to identify opportunities and issues that are relevant to the organization’s mission. Learn more about this process below.

As part of this process, Senior Science Fellow, Dr. Chor San Khoo, authored the first science trend report in 2015 providing a summary of a wide range of emerging research and issues relevant to the food and nutrition science communities.  This comprehensive report, now issued annually, highlights research relating to current dietary patterns, global health trends, common research priorities, emerging technologies, new discoveries, regulatory science trends, and consumer health trends.  

How the Emerging Science process works

The Emerging Science process allows our stakeholders to help shape the future of our programs, keeping the organization at the forefront of food safety and nutrition science. This process takes place on an annual basis.

October

 

Member Input is gathered through the Emerging Issues Survey

 

The ILSI North America Research Trends Report can be useful for stakeholders to review at this stage in the process. The report highlights research trends relating to current dietary patterns, global health, institutional research and funding priorities, technology innovations, discoveries, regulatory science, and consumer health.

2016-Report
2015-Report

November

Based on survey responses, emerging scientific areas are identified by the Food, Nutrition and Safety Program (FNSP).

January

The top 3 to 4 emerging scientific topics identified through the survey are presented at the ILSI North America Annual Meeting during the Assembly of Members. At this time, all stakeholders are encouraged to speak to items they find most critical for ILSI North America to address and why.

Following the survey and this open forum, ILSI North America, along with the FNSP are able to determine the top issues of concern to our stakeholders. 

February-March

After gathering input from stakeholders, the identified emerging scientific topics are further evaluated to determine next course of action and to determine if they fit into existing ILSI North America programs.

Identified emerging issues that have an obvious home within an existing committee or program are given to that group of experts to decide how to address the issue if it is not already addressed in the committee's strategic plan.

July-September

ILSI North America evaluates each emerging issue and develops potential paths forward for each.  These proposals are presented to members before and during the ILSI North America Mid-Year meeting.  If a proposal is able to generate the needed support to move a topic forward, the emerging issue can have one or more of the following outcomes:

Scientific session or workshop

New committee, working group, or task force

External collaboration

Hold for future investigation

1. October

 

Member Input is gathered through the Emerging Science Survey

The ILSI North America Research Trends Report and Signals Watch can be useful for stakeholders to review at this stage in the process, as the report highlights research trends relating to current dietary patterns, global health, common research priorities, emerging technologies, new discoveries, regulatory science, and consumer health.

2. November

Based on survey responses, emerging scientific areas are identified by the Food, Nutrition and Safety Program (FNSP).

3. January

The top 3 to 4 emerging scientific topics identified through the survey are presented at the ILSI North America Annual Meeting during the Assembly of Members. At this time, all stakeholders are encouraged to speak to items they find most critical for ILSI North America to address and why.

Following the survey and this open forum, ILSI North America, along with the FNSP are able to determine the top areas of interest to our stakeholders. 

4. February-March

After gathering input from stakeholders, the identified emerging scientific topics are further evaluated to determine next course of action and to determine if they fit into existing ILSI North America programs.

Identified emerging scientific areas that have an obvious home within an existing committee or program are given to that group of experts to decide how to address the issue if it is not already addressed in the committee's strategic plan.

5. July-September

ILSI North America evaluates each emerging topic and develops potential paths forward for each.  These proposals are presented to members before and during the ILSI North America Mid-Year meeting.  If a proposal is able to generate the needed support to move a topic forward, the emerging issue can have one or more of the following outcomes:

Scientific Session

Workshop

New committee or working group

Held for future investigation