Projects Funded by ILSI North America

ILSI North America's mission is to advance food safety and nutrition science for the benefit of public health. View projects* funded by ILSI North America below, and learn how we embed scientific integrity into every step of our research process.

Demonstrating the Causal Beneficial Role of Microbes in Diet-Microbe-Host Interactions in Metabolic Disease

30 May 2016

Over the past decade there has been an exponentially growing number of reports that describe changes in the microbial populations in response to dietary intervention. These changes in the microbiota are then associated with health outcomes with limited understanding of […]

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Listeria monocytogenes Thermal Resistance in Low-Moisture Foods: Role of Water Activity or Food Matrix

24 Apr 2016

Low moisture foods (e.g., cocoa powder, dried milk powder, flour) have been increasingly involved in foodborne outbreaks. Foodborne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes can survive in low moisture foods and dry food processing environments for months, and even for years. […]

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Exploring Nutritional and Metabolomic Pathways Linking Chronic Stress and Childhood Obesity

14 Apr 2016

Chronic stress is a key risk factor for obesity and the accumulation of abdominal fat among children, which are harmful to long-term health. However, the mechanisms that underlie these relationships are poorly understood. This study will draw from a well-characterized […]

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Modeling the Impact of High-Oleic Soybean, Sunflower, and Canola Oils on Fatty Acid Intakes

08 Apr 2016

Food production affords opportunities to select from a variety of commercially available fats/oils to achieve specific functional product characteristics. Widespread changes in the food supply, even if small for individuals, can shift population intakes and potentially modify cardiovascular risk. Modeling […]

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Flavan-3-ols and Cardiovascular Disease Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

11 Feb 2016

Dietary flavonoids integrate a diverse range of polyphenolic compounds that occur naturally in plant foods. To date, the sub-class flavan-3-ols has received the most research attention, with the majority of nutrition studies focused on two dietary sources: tea and chocolate. […]

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Lutein/Zeaxanthin and Eye Health Visual Function Evidence Map and Systematic Review

10 Dec 2015

Lutein/zeaxanthin, found in egg yolks and a variety of fruits and vegetables, is associated with healthy ocular tissue, but an amount recommended per day has not been established. The goal of this study is to determine the strength of evidence […]

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The Scientific Basis of Guideline Recommendations on Sugar Intake

23 Sep 2015

Several authoritative organizations have issued public health guidelines addressing dietary sugars. These organizations have conducted their own reviews of the available evidence, and have crafted different recommendations with regard to sugar consumption with various rationales for limiting intake. When respected […]

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Dietary Small RNAs, the Human Gut Microbiome and Influence on Human Health

18 Sep 2015

The aims of this study are to: 1) Use in-silico/bioinformatic approaches to identify candidate small RNAs targeting human gut microbiome genomes, 2) Evaluate candidate dietary small RNAs’ effect on the microbiome in vivo, and 3) Correlate small RNAs’ effect to […]

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Protein Intake and Healthy Aging

18 May 2015

Aging is associated with many physiological and metabolic changes. The role of dietary protein in aging has focused largely on musculoskeletal aging; however, protein may also have implications for age-related physiological functional changes beyond muscle and bone. The aim of […]

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Bacteriophage Engineering for Rapid Pathogen Detection

04 May 2015

The development of pragmatic rapid detection methods benefit the food manufacturer, retailer and consumer. It has been estimated that cost of foodborne illness from sickness, hospitalizations and deaths reaches $152 billion annually in the United States. Although the United States […]

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Curation of Food-Relevant Chemicals in ToxCast

01 May 2015

High-throughput in vitro assays and exposure prediction efforts are paving the way for modeling chemical risk; however, the utility of such extensive datasets can be limited or misleading when annotation fails to capture current chemical usage. The aim of this […]

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Systematic Review of the Health Effects Associated with Consumption of Caffeine in Humans

03 Nov 2014

To date, one of the most heavily cited assessments of caffeine safety in the peer-reviewed literature is that issued by Health Canada (Nawrot et al., 2003). Since then, >10,000 papers have been published related to caffeine. An update to this […]

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*Projects from 2013 and later are included in this repository. To view projects supported by ILSI North America prior to 2013, please visit our Peer-Reviewed Publications page.