American Society for Nutrition Annual Meeting
Virtual, USA
June 4, 2020
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting was shifted to virtual by the ASN Board of Directors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session below was organized by IAFNS’s Gut Microbiome Committee in collaboration with the American Society for Nutrition’s Nutritional Microbiology Research Interest Group.

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Toward Best Practices for Nutrition and Human Gut Microbiome Research: Moving the Field Forward

This session examines best practices across critical steps in nutrition and human gut microbiome research. As noted in McBurney et al. 2019, study of the human gut microbiome “requires proper sample acquisition, handling, storage and analysis.” Accurate characterization of diet and minimization of technical variation are critical for establishing links between diet and the gut microbiome and health. Achieving an understanding of the effect of diet requires that gut microbiome studies include detailed dietary data to elucidate the impact of the amount and types of dietary non-digestible carbohydrates, polyphenols, alcohol use, and water quality on the microbiome. In addition to characterization of diet, harmonizing research methodologies will be required if the body of research on the human gut microbiome is to be examined collectively to answer critical public health and nutrition questions.

Co-Chairs and Moderators: Cindy Davis, National Institutes of Health and Chris Cifelli, National Dairy Council

Best Practices for Characterization of Diet
Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, University of Minnesota

Methods for Collecting and Processing Samples for Studies of the Human Microbiota
Emily Vogtmann, PhD, RD, National Institutes of Health

Recent Highlights in Nutritional Microbiome Studies and How to Conduct a Pilot Investigation: Data Collection and Statistical Considerations
Long Nguyen, MD, Harvard University


There is also an e-Poster based on research funded by the IAFNS Lipids Committee.

Abstract Presentation Number: P22-089-20

Abstract Title: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Sleep: Pooled Analysis of Prospective Studies in the Fatty Acids and Outcome Research Consortium (FORCE)

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