Scientific Integrity Consortium Publishes Principles and Best Practices for Scientific Integrity

The Scientific Integrity Consortium published a set of principles and best practices in Science and Engineering Ethics in February 2019. The principles and best practices are intended to be applied broadly across scientific disciplines, and provide a standardized approach for scientists to achieve accountability and integrity in scientific research. They focus on multiple aspects of scientific integrity found in the research ecosystem, including fostering a culture of integrity, the establishment of institutional processes, policy interests, reproducibility, communications, the peer review process, publication bias, and open science.

Consortium participants represent a wide array of scientific disciplines with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and approaches to scientific integrity strategies. The Consortium comprises 4 U.S. government agencies, 3 Canadian government agencies, 11 professional societies, 6 universities and 3 non-profit organizations. It was convened by ILSI North America and hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine’s Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR).

ILSI North America is a member of the Scientific Integrity Consortium.

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ILSI North America Earns the 2019 GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency

ILSI North America has earned the GuideStar 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency!

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New Project: Sampling of Post-Hurricane Florence Floodwater for Human Foodborne Pathogens

Heavy rainfall and flooding following a hurricane can massively impact water quality, especially via runoff from agricultural and industrial operations. The ILSI North America Food Microbiology Committee is supporting researchers at North Carolina State University to examine the emergence, potential routes of contamination and proliferation, as well as virulence and susceptibility of three major foodborne pathogens in the freshwater supply following Hurricane Florence: Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter.

These findings will be integrated with geospatial analysis and land use information. The choice of these pathogens was dictated by the significant threats that they pose to food safety and public health and their known capacity to survive and persist in fresh water. The data will provide assessments of pathogen prevalence during and post-flooding, as well as estimates of the time periods required for return to baseline levels. The learnings from this study will also support mitigation and control of pathogens in future food systems.

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USDA Launches FoodData Central

On April 3rd 2019, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service launched a new integrated food and nutrition data system that provides online access to nutrient profile information about a wide variety of foods and food products. The system, called FoodData Central, will serve as an essential resource for researchers nutrition professionals, health care providers, product developers, policy makers and consumers.

FoodData Central contains five distinct types of food and nutrient composition data, including two new types: “Foundation Foods” provides expanded nutrient information and extensive underlying metadata that will help users understand the variability in the nutrient values of foods, and “Experimental Foods” links to data about foods produced by agricultural researchers that will allow users to determine how factors such as climate, soils and agricultural practices can affect a food’s nutritional profile. The remaining three types of data are well-established and familiar to many types of users: Standard Reference, Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies, and USDA Global Branded Food Products Database.

The USDA Global Branded Food Products Database is the result of a public-private partnership between ILSI North America, USDA ARS, GS1 US, 1WorldSync, Label Insight and the University of Maryland. Its goal is to expand and enhance the USDA National Nutrient Database with nutrient composition and ingredient information on branded foods and private label data provided by the food industry. Learn more about this public-private partnership.

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Upcoming Activities at NUTRITION 2019

ILSI North America is supporting several activities at NUTRITION 2019. Learn more.

Scientific Session: The Many Faces of Personalized Nutrition
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 8:30am - 11:00am | Ballroom I/II
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.

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

Poster: Diet Quality in Overweight/Obese Women: Higher Protein Intake During Weight Loss
Anna Ogilvie, Rutgers University
Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Poster #458
This research is supported by the ILSI North America Protein Committee.

Poster: 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)
Rachel Murphy, PhD, University of British Columbia
Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm | Poster #60
This research is supported by the ILSI North America Dietary Lipids Committee.

Bioactives RIS Group Update:
Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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 an accepted 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-supported activities at NUTRITION 2019.

Register Now for the ILSI North America Mid-Year Science Program

Register now to attend ILSI North America’s Mid-Year Science Program!

The 2019 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 will also feature top speakers to discuss emerging science on food waste and environmental sustainability, risk assessment and bias reduction tools for scientific research. View the complete program.

Accommodations: A group rate 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. Reserve a hotel room now.

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