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Cognitive Benefits of Nutrition: Aligning Perceptions with the Science

Recorded June 20, 2024 Description: Consumers report that cognitive and affective outcomes (such as mood) are key motivations for dietary behaviors. However, the cognitive benefits that patients and consumers seek can be highly individual and may be described in different ways. In addition, these benefits may or may not be impacted by the dietary behavior […]

Translation of Nutrition & Cognitive Health Science: Understanding Stakeholder Strategies, Challenges and Needs

It is clear through qualitative investigation that there is an opportunity to bridge the spheres of consumers and science, and help consumers better understand what can be achieved based on existing knowledge, and formulate communications research to meet consumers where they are to improve translatability. The project parallels the process undertaken by the UK Food […]

Role of Non-nutritive sweeteners in oral health/caries prevention-An Educational symposium for Dental Professionals

Preventing dental caries is an essential skill for all dental professionals yet information from expert interviews conducted by IAFNS and a review of the literature suggest a gap in knowledge around the safety and benefits of LNCS to oral health. These professionals are often called upon to provide advice regarding the importance of diet in […]

Documenting the Continuum of Measures from Health to Disease

In a 2011 paper titled “Gut Health: A New Objective in Medicine?” (Bischoff), it was noted that gut health is recognized as a “desirable aim and an important physiological condition required for overall good health.” Since the gut microbiome research boom which followed this paper, even more attention has been focused on the gut as […]

Host Microbiota Interactions: A Personalized Point of View

Recorded April 18, 2024 Description: The laboratory of Dr. Benoit Chassaing, Team Leader at INSERM located at Institut Pasteur in Paris, focuses on mucosal microbiota in chronic inflammatory diseases. The central objective of his research team is to study the composition and function of the microbiota at the mucosal surface, in both health and disease […]

Validating Dual Column Food Products in Database

The USDA Global Branded Food Products Database is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS), GS1 US, 1WorldSync and the University of Maryland (UMD), whose goal is to enhance public health and to share open data by augmenting the USDA FoodData […]

Translating Carbohydrate Quality Into Evidence-Based, Consumer-Relevant Approaches

Consumer confusion about carbohydrates can lead to restriction diets with low overall healthfulness. Ultimately, this project aims to help consumers select healthier choices among food sources of carbohydrates by merging the scientific evidence with consumer perspectives. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting research to understand how consumers make decisions about the healthfulness of […]

Myths and Realities of Artificial Intelligence: Setting the Record Straight

Recorded December 5, 2023 Description: As the food & nutrition community starts to build a general understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its uses, this webinar address common myths and realities regarding AI. First, there are the subsets – machine, deep, and generative learning, which are terms sometimes used interchangeably or incorrectly. In addition, what […]

The Promise and Hype of AI: Where Are We – And Where Are We Going?

Recorded October 17, 2023 Description: ChatGPT seems to be everywhere. News outlets tout its promise yet also highlight its potential pitfalls. Yet despite questions around their responsible use, ChatGPT and other AI tools are currently being implemented from education to business to research, with even more transformational advances on the horizon. How can we leverage […]

Food Safety in the Era of Alternative Proteins: Challenges and Solutions

Recorded August 23, 2023 Description: There is a growing interest and innovation in field of alternative proteins including both plant-based and cell-based products. As with any novel food technology, ensuring their safety is of the utmost importance for public health and ultimately the success of these new products. This webinar will address the food safety hazards […]

Diet-Microbiome Interactions in Older People: Effect on Inflammaging

Recorded May 18, 2023 Description: “Inflammaging” describes the low-grade inflammation that arises from age-related changes to the immune system. Intersecting with age-related inflammation are age-related changes to the gut microbiome. These two systemic changes can modify disease risk, with that disease circling back to affect immune response and gut microbiome composition and function. This webinar discusses […]

Can Diet Impact the Gut Microbiome to Support a ‘Healthy’ Immune Response? What We Know Today

Recorded January 11, 2023 Description: The gut microbiome has a role in “programming” the immune system – a significant component of which operates in the gut. It is also well-documented that diet has a notable impact on the gut microbiome but that there are differences among individuals. Join IAFNS as Dr Philip Calder, Head of […]