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Past Events

2019 IAFP Annual Meeting

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

ILSI North America is supporting three sessions, a roundtable event and three posters at the 2019 International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting.

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ASN NUTRITION 2019

Baltimore, MD, USA

ILSI North America is supporting one session at the American Society for Nutrition’s NUTRITION 2019 meeting.

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6th World Conference on Research Integrity

Hong Kong, China

The 6th World Conference on Research Integrity will explore the application of new research findings to develop new and better solutions to address New Challenges for Research Integrity.

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Food for Health Workshop – 2019 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The Food for Health Workshop is an annual pre-conference event hosted by the Canadian Nutrition Society and ILSI North America. The workshop aims to bring together representatives from across the nutrition spectrum to engage in solutions and actions that aim to improve the health of Canadians. The 2019 Food for Health Workshop will focus on Technology at the Interface between Food and Health.

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Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe.

ILSI North America is supporting three sessions, a roundtable event and three posters at the 2019 IAFP Annual Meeting.

Scientific Sessions:

Managing Large Multidisciplinary/Multi-Institutional Food Safety Projects - Effectively, Impactfully, and with Integrity

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 1:30 – 5:15 PM | Ballroom D

Food safety is a complex and multidisciplinary challenge. Therefore, federally-funded food safety projects, and even industry-centered projects, increasingly involve large, multidisciplinary/multiinstitutional collaborative teams. However, very few individuals thrust into these roles have formal education or training in managing such projects. This symposium brings together a unique and diverse cohort of presenters, ranging from an expert on assessing the effectiveness and impact of research collaborations and centers (with experience on multiple food safety project teams) to experienced managers of such projects (in government, academic, and industry) to a representative of the Scientific Integrity Consortium. The speakers will describe measures for evaluating the effectiveness of such largescale collaborations, identify common features of successful collaborations, share best practices for forming and managing such teams, and outline essential foundational principles for ensuring the quality and integrity of the resulting research. A panel discussion is included to maximize opportunities for
attendee interaction with the multiple perspectives provided by the speakers. After this session, attendees will have a better appreciation on how to play together well in the research sandbox.

Conveners: Bradley Marks, Michigan State University; Kendra Nightingale, Texas Tech University; and Isabel Walls, USDA NIFA

Speakers:
Scholarly Assessment of Large Scholarly Collaboration: Measures of Effectiveness and Impact
Denis Gray, PhD, North Carolina State University Managing Government-Academic-Industry Collaborations
Kimberly Cook, PhD, USDA ARS Lessons Learned from Managing NoroCORE, a Large USDA-CAP Project
Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD, North Carolina State University Managing Food Safety Projects Across Multiple Boundaries - Internally and Externally
Edith Wilkin, PhD, Leprino Foods Report from the Scientific Integrity Consortium: Principles and Best Practices for Scientific Integrity
Linda Harris, PhD, University of California, Davis

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Commitee.

The Mitigation and Regulation of Heat-Formed Substances Produced in Foods During Cooking: What are the Unintended Consequences on Microbial Safety and Public Health?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | M107

A growing field in food safety is the focus on the potential risk of heat-formed substances produced during cooking. Compounds that are known as human health hazards are being increasingly identified as heat-formed substances present in food. Two prominent examples of this are acrylamide and furfuryl alcohol, both of which are present in significant amounts in a wide array of foods. This session will help inform how the risk assessment process of heat-formed substances can incorporate the benefits of cooking and cooked food. It will highlight the genetic changes that allowed humans to consume cooked food. The session will then explore the unintended consequences in mitigating heat formed substances, such as introducing microbial hazards. It will address how to assess and communicate these risks to food processors and consumers. The potential impact and implications on the food industry and, ultimately, the end consumer, of using current approaches to assess the potential public health impact of compounds formed during routine cooking of food will be debated.

Convener: Steven Hermansky, PharmD, PhD, DABT, ConAgra Brands

Speakers:
Genetic Evidence of Human Adaptation to a Cooked Diet and its Role in Human Health and Food Safety
Steven Hermansky, PharmD, PhD, DABT, ConAgra Brands Balancing Microbial Food Safety Risks with Mitigating Heat-Formed Substances in Foods
Scott Hood, PhD, General Mills The Need for a Holistic Toxicological Assessment of Heat-formed Substances within A Food Matrix
Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Food and Chemical Safety Committee.

Let’s Hear from Next Generation Food Safety Scientists on Pathogen Behavior in Ready to Eat Foods

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Ballroom E

A current research collaboration between Health Canada, the University of Guelph and the North Carolina State University is investigating the survival and inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and foodborne viruses during the storage of low moisture foods. This is a wide-ranging research consortium funded by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee and includes a number of developing research scientists who will also present their findings. The ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee is committed to proactively improving the understanding and control of microbial food safety hazards to enable scientifically informed decision making. The Committee achieves its mission by funding research that is conducted at institutions who also train the next generation of food safety scientists.

Ready to Eat low moisture products such as nuts, dried fruits, cereal products, and chocolate are often ingredients used in the manufacturing of many food products. They carry significant potential for the amplification of outbreaks and recalls over a wide variety of products. The research consortium represented by this next generation of food safety experts is studying several aspects of pathogen behavior in low moisture Ready to Eat foods and goes beyond traditional thermal mitigation strategies.

Conveners: Laurie Post, PhD, Deibel Labs; Edith Wilkin, PhD, Leprino Foods

Speakers:
Survival, Inactivation and Detection of Foodborne Viruses During Long Term Storage in Chocolate, Pistachios and Cornflakes
Neda Nasheri, PhD, Health Canada Survival and Virulence of L. monocytogenes During Storage on Low Moisture Foods and Characterization of the Low Moisture Foods Microbiome
Vivian Ly, MSc candidate, University of Guelph Nontraditional Decontamination Methods for Salmonella Reduction in Dried Fruits and Cereals
Kayla Murray, PhD candidate, University of Guelph Identification of Molecular Mechanisms Mediating Long-Term Survival of Salmonella in Pistachios, Dried Apples, and Cornflakes
Victor Oladimeji Jayeola, PhD candidate, North Carolina State University

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee.

Roundtable Event:

Is It Time for Food Safety Performance Standards Since Zero Risk Is Not an Option?

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Ballroom E

Food safety systems rely on verification activities to determine if the system is working as designed and validated. Microbiological performance standards can be used to verify if a processing system is adequately controlling a specific hazard. Performance standards should be set to protect public health. Sampling protocols and microbiological testing methods must be appropriate for the food being tested. In the US poultry industry, performance standards have been in place to measure the prevalence of Salmonella. Over time, the performance standards have changed to reflect the improved conditions in the industry. Prevalence based performance standards may work for other product categories, especially in dry products of raw agricultural products such as wheat flours and the produce area especially for frozen fruits and vegetables. This roundtable discussion will explore the current and potential future uses of performance standards in foods where it is not reasonable to expect zero presence of pathogens.

Convener: Christina Stam, PhD, Kraft Heinz

Panelists:
Craig Hedberg, PhD, University of Minnesota
Candace Doepker, PhD, ToxStrategies
Angie Siemens, PhD, Cargill
Scott Hood, PhD, General Mills
Donna Garren, PhD, American Frozen Food Institute

This roundtable event is supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee.

Poster Presentations:

A Novel Simulation Approach to Improving the Effectiveness of Sampling for Bulk Food Products
Eric Cheng, University of Illinois | P1-124 | Monday, July 22, 8:30am - 6:15pm Global Gene Expression Analysis of Salmonella Contaminating Low-Moisture Foods
Victor Oladimeji Jayeola, North Carolina State University | P1-201 | Monday, July 22, 8:30am - 6:15pm Prevalence and Characteristics of Selected Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens in Post-Hurricane Florence Floodwaters
Jeff Niedermeyer, North Carolina State University | P3-161 | Wednesday, July 24, 8:30am - 3:30pm

These projects are supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee.

Learn more about the IAFP Annual Meeting here.

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The ILSI North America Mid-Year Meeting combines presentations on topics of current interest with reports on progress within the organization’s new and ongoing programs. The 2019 Mid-Year Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 25 June 2019.

This year's program will address the impact of deep and prolonged space travel on human physiology and technologies for developing a safe and nutritious food supply in space. The program also features top speakers to discuss emerging science on food waste and environmental sustainability, risk assessment and bias reduction tools for scientific research.

Registration

Register early to secure your spot at the ILSI North America Mid-Year Science Program. This event is open to the public and space is limited.

Registration Rates:

Early Bird (through 26 April) Regular Rate
Students $50 $75
Academic $100 $150
Government $0 $0
Non-Profit $150 $200
Private $200 $250

 

Location

The 2019 ILSI North America Mid-Year Science Program will be held at:

Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22209

Accommodations

A group rate of $229/night (plus tax) is available at the Key Bridge Marriott for ILSI North America Mid-Year Science Program attendees. To secure this rate, attendees must make their accommodations by Friday, May 31st 2019.

Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22209

Book your hotel now for the ILSI North America Mid-Year Science Program

 

Register Now

Scientific Presentations:

View the draft agenda.

Films from the Future: Technology and Morality in the Sciences
Andrew Maynard, PhD, Arizona State University Methods, Technologies & Requirements for Developing a Safe, Nutritious & Palatable Food System in Space
Grace Douglas, PhD, NASA Nutritional Requirements for Space Explorers
Scott Smith, PhD, NASA Considerations for Food Production and Life Support in Space
Michael Dixon, PhD, University of Guelph Relationship Between Food Waste, Diet Quality & Environmental Sustainability
Zach Conrad, PhD, MPH, College of William & Mary Impact of Environmental Microbes on Listeria and Salmonella
Chuck Czuprynski, PhD, UW Food Research Institute Dietary Effects on Host Metabolism and Health: Role of the Gut Microbiota?
Kelly Swanson, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign New Frameworks & Surrogate Approaches to Risk Assessment
Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Benefits of More Transparent Research Practices and Bias Reduction Tools
David Mellor, PhD, Center for Open Science Update on ILSI North America Assembly on Scientific Integrity
John Erdman, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Networking reception to follow.

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ILSI North America is supporting one session and two posters at NUTRITION 2019:

Scientific Session: The Many Faces of Personalized Nutrition

Saturday, June 8th, 2019
8:30am - 11:00am
Ballroom I/II

Nutrition tailored to an individual is evolving into a diverse array of options ranging from one-on-one professional engagement to high tech/high touch. Although nutrigenomics to identify health outcome risk potential that might be modified by diet has received a lot of attention, there are many other high potential approaches available and for which the science and application to the public are successfully advancing.

The purpose of this session is to feature a diversity of options in the personalized nutrition tool box. The many faces to be featured range from high tech personalized nutrigenomics and metabolic measures that help determine likely response to dietary choices, to the rapidly developing future of do-it-yourself tools designed to motivate and track behavioral choices.

Session Chair:

Alison Stieber, PhD, RD, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Presentations:

Personalized dietary management of obesity based on microbial enterotypes
Mads Hjorth, PhD, University of Copenhagen Multi-nucleotide polymorphisms influence cholesterol response differently to dietary fat
Itzel Vazquez-Vidal, PhD, University of Manitoba From diagnostics to monitoring, enabling personalized advice and an entry into personalized nutrition
Claude Aebischer, PhD, DSM Can Artificial Intelligence enable dietary behavior change?
Kim Stitzel, MS, RD, American Heart Association Moderated discussion
Barbara Schneeman, PhD, University of California, Davis

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Dietary Lipids Committee.

Poster Presentations:

Diet Quality in Overweight/Obese Women: Higher Protein Intake During Weight Loss Saturday, June 8, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Poster #458

Presenting Author: Anna Ogilvie, Rutgers University

This research is supported by the ILSI North America Protein Committee.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Sleep Duration: Pooled Analysis from Five Prospective Studies in the Fatty Acids and Outcome Research Consortium (FORCE) Monday, June 10th, 2019
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Poster #60

Presenting Author: Rachel Murphy, PhD, University of British Columbia

This research is supported by the ILSI North America Dietary Lipids Committee.

Bioactives RIS Group Update:

Monday, June 10th, 2019
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 314/315

The ILSI North America Standing Committee on Bioactive Recommendations, a group of volunteer experts, will update the American Society for Nutrition Bioactives Research Interest Section on its development of a framework for developing bioactive intake recommendations. The framework is intended to provide a globally relevant process and procedure for translating evidence into consumption recommendations for bioactive dietary components that have demonstrated benefits to human health but do not have documented symptoms of deficiency.

Learn more about the ILSI North America Bioactives Committee.

Learn more about NUTRITION 2019.

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Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe.

ILSI North America is supporting three sessions, a roundtable event and three posters at the 2019 IAFP Annual Meeting.

Scientific Sessions:

Managing Large Multidisciplinary/Multi-Institutional Food Safety Projects - Effectively, Impactfully, and with Integrity

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 1:30 – 5:15 PM | Ballroom D

Food safety is a complex and multidisciplinary challenge. Therefore, federally-funded food safety projects, and even industry-centered projects, increasingly involve large, multidisciplinary/multiinstitutional collaborative teams. However, very few individuals thrust into these roles have formal education or training in managing such projects. This symposium brings together a unique and diverse cohort of presenters, ranging from an expert on assessing the effectiveness and impact of research collaborations and centers (with experience on multiple food safety project teams) to experienced managers of such projects (in government, academic, and industry) to a representative of the Scientific Integrity Consortium. The speakers will describe measures for evaluating the effectiveness of such largescale collaborations, identify common features of successful collaborations, share best practices for forming and managing such teams, and outline essential foundational principles for ensuring the quality and integrity of the resulting research. A panel discussion is included to maximize opportunities for
attendee interaction with the multiple perspectives provided by the speakers. After this session, attendees will have a better appreciation on how to play together well in the research sandbox.

Conveners: Bradley Marks, Michigan State University; Kendra Nightingale, Texas Tech University; and Isabel Walls, USDA NIFA

Speakers:
Scholarly Assessment of Large Scholarly Collaboration: Measures of Effectiveness and Impact
Denis Gray, PhD, North Carolina State University Managing Government-Academic-Industry Collaborations
Kimberly Cook, PhD, USDA ARS Lessons Learned from Managing NoroCORE, a Large USDA-CAP Project
Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD, North Carolina State University Managing Food Safety Projects Across Multiple Boundaries - Internally and Externally
Edith Wilkin, PhD, Leprino Foods Report from the Scientific Integrity Consortium: Principles and Best Practices for Scientific Integrity
Linda Harris, PhD, University of California, Davis

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Commitee.

The Mitigation and Regulation of Heat-Formed Substances Produced in Foods During Cooking: What are the Unintended Consequences on Microbial Safety and Public Health?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | M107

A growing field in food safety is the focus on the potential risk of heat-formed substances produced during cooking. Compounds that are known as human health hazards are being increasingly identified as heat-formed substances present in food. Two prominent examples of this are acrylamide and furfuryl alcohol, both of which are present in significant amounts in a wide array of foods. This session will help inform how the risk assessment process of heat-formed substances can incorporate the benefits of cooking and cooked food. It will highlight the genetic changes that allowed humans to consume cooked food. The session will then explore the unintended consequences in mitigating heat formed substances, such as introducing microbial hazards. It will address how to assess and communicate these risks to food processors and consumers. The potential impact and implications on the food industry and, ultimately, the end consumer, of using current approaches to assess the potential public health impact of compounds formed during routine cooking of food will be debated.

Convener: Steven Hermansky, PharmD, PhD, DABT, ConAgra Brands

Speakers:
Genetic Evidence of Human Adaptation to a Cooked Diet and its Role in Human Health and Food Safety
Steven Hermansky, PharmD, PhD, DABT, ConAgra Brands Balancing Microbial Food Safety Risks with Mitigating Heat-Formed Substances in Foods
Scott Hood, PhD, General Mills The Need for a Holistic Toxicological Assessment of Heat-formed Substances within A Food Matrix
Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Food and Chemical Safety Committee.

Let’s Hear from Next Generation Food Safety Scientists on Pathogen Behavior in Ready to Eat Foods

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Ballroom E

A current research collaboration between Health Canada, the University of Guelph and the North Carolina State University is investigating the survival and inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and foodborne viruses during the storage of low moisture foods. This is a wide-ranging research consortium funded by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee and includes a number of developing research scientists who will also present their findings. The ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee is committed to proactively improving the understanding and control of microbial food safety hazards to enable scientifically informed decision making. The Committee achieves its mission by funding research that is conducted at institutions who also train the next generation of food safety scientists.

Ready to Eat low moisture products such as nuts, dried fruits, cereal products, and chocolate are often ingredients used in the manufacturing of many food products. They carry significant potential for the amplification of outbreaks and recalls over a wide variety of products. The research consortium represented by this next generation of food safety experts is studying several aspects of pathogen behavior in low moisture Ready to Eat foods and goes beyond traditional thermal mitigation strategies.

Conveners: Laurie Post, PhD, Deibel Labs; Edith Wilkin, PhD, Leprino Foods

Speakers:
Survival, Inactivation and Detection of Foodborne Viruses During Long Term Storage in Chocolate, Pistachios and Cornflakes
Neda Nasheri, PhD, Health Canada Survival and Virulence of L. monocytogenes During Storage on Low Moisture Foods and Characterization of the Low Moisture Foods Microbiome
Vivian Ly, MSc candidate, University of Guelph Nontraditional Decontamination Methods for Salmonella Reduction in Dried Fruits and Cereals
Kayla Murray, PhD candidate, University of Guelph Identification of Molecular Mechanisms Mediating Long-Term Survival of Salmonella in Pistachios, Dried Apples, and Cornflakes
Victor Oladimeji Jayeola, PhD candidate, North Carolina State University

This session is supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee.

Roundtable Event:

Is It Time for Food Safety Performance Standards Since Zero Risk Is Not an Option?

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Ballroom E

Food safety systems rely on verification activities to determine if the system is working as designed and validated. Microbiological performance standards can be used to verify if a processing system is adequately controlling a specific hazard. Performance standards should be set to protect public health. Sampling protocols and microbiological testing methods must be appropriate for the food being tested. In the US poultry industry, performance standards have been in place to measure the prevalence of Salmonella. Over time, the performance standards have changed to reflect the improved conditions in the industry. Prevalence based performance standards may work for other product categories, especially in dry products of raw agricultural products such as wheat flours and the produce area especially for frozen fruits and vegetables. This roundtable discussion will explore the current and potential future uses of performance standards in foods where it is not reasonable to expect zero presence of pathogens.

Convener: Christina Stam, PhD, Kraft Heinz

Panelists:
Craig Hedberg, PhD, University of Minnesota
Candace Doepker, PhD, ToxStrategies
Angie Siemens, PhD, Cargill
Scott Hood, PhD, General Mills
Donna Garren, PhD, American Frozen Food Institute

This roundtable event is supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee.

Poster Presentations:

A Novel Simulation Approach to Improving the Effectiveness of Sampling for Bulk Food Products
Eric Cheng, University of Illinois | P1-124 | Monday, July 22, 8:30am - 6:15pm Global Gene Expression Analysis of Salmonella Contaminating Low-Moisture Foods
Victor Oladimeji Jayeola, North Carolina State University | P1-201 | Monday, July 22, 8:30am - 6:15pm Prevalence and Characteristics of Selected Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens in Post-Hurricane Florence Floodwaters
Jeff Niedermeyer, North Carolina State University | P3-161 | Wednesday, July 24, 8:30am - 3:30pm

These projects are supported by the ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee.

Learn more about the IAFP Annual Meeting here.

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