IAFNS’s Core Values:

Scientific integrity and transparency are core values of IAFNS.
We bring scientific experts and leaders together to catalyze science for confident decision-making by all sectors. IAFNS believes researchers from the public and private sectors can and should work together on science and public health issues. Public-private collaboration - where all interests are declared and all funding is acknowledged - can advance science for public benefit.

IAFNS has earned the 2024 Platinum Seal of Transparency! View our Candid nonprofit profile.

Scientific Integrity

Our multi-sector structure is designed to prevent any single interest from dominating. We commit to publishing our results regardless of outcome.

Transparency

We are committed to full disclosure of our funding of research and sharing research methods and data of projects we support with the scientific community.

Collaboration

We believe that engaging industry, government, and academic scientists makes research stronger and minimizes bias.

Public Benefit

Our projects must address issues of broad public health interest and offer benefit to the health of the public.

Integrity in Science - It's Who We Are

Scientific integrity is essential to advancing credible science for the purpose of improving society. IAFNS is a recognized leader in addressing issues of scientific integrity, research public-private partnerships, and conflict of interest through our work with federal agencies and scientific professional societies. We are proud of our extensive programs on scientific integrity, and we integrate scientific integrity into every step of our research programs.

Assembly on Scientific Integrity

The Assembly on Scientific Integrity includes the IAFNS Board of Trustees, IAFNS Scientific Leadership Council, and all IAFNS members from government, industry, and academia.  With representation from all three sectors of our membership, the Assembly is active in ensuring IAFNS achieves and promotes the highest standards of scientific integrity.

View the Assembly’s current and recent projects and efforts.

Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

The Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines provide actionable steps for institutions to practice and promote transparent, reproducible, and rigorous research. IAFNS is a TOP Guidelines signatory. As a signatory, IAFNS supports the principles expressed in the guidelines and supports the implementation of these principles by our funded researchers. All new projects moving forward will work to adhere to the TOP Guidelines.

Our commitment to transparency is evidenced by our establishment a Collection page on the Open Science Framework. The IAFNS Collection aggregates all IAFNS-supported research projects that are registered on the Open Science Framework in one place. It provides greater visibility of the breadth and rigor of research that has been undertaken by the investigators we support, and allows the scientific community to more easily discover our work.

Overview of IAFNS Process to Address Scientific Integrity in Funded Projects 

To ensure the highest level of scientific integrity and transparency, all investigators funded through IAFNS are required to adhere to the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines and the Guiding Principles for Funding of Food and Nutrition Research. However, should an issue of scientific misconduct arise during an IAFNS funded project, the following steps will occur:

  • IAFNS will rely on the institution in which the research is being conducts to detect and address research misconduct
    • Research misconduct includes but is not limited to fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, and any other practice that seriously deviates from practices commonly accepted in the academic and research community.
  • The Institution will promptly report in writing to IAFNS all incidents of research misconduct by researchers during the Project.
  • If IAFNS determines that any individual employed by or contracted for by the Institution has engaged in Research Misconduct in the course of the Project, IAFNS may, in its sole discretion, end the project.

Additional Resources for Scientific Integrity

Want to report an issue of research misconduct? Please email IAFNS at integrity@iafns.org

  • Note: IAFNS does not investigate reports of scientific integrity independently. The appropriate institution will be contacted after receiving the inquiry.

Additionally, please refer to resources below for additional information and support on scientific integrity or research conduct:

Publications

An Updated Framework for Industry Funding of Food and Nutrition Research: Managing Financial Conflicts and Scientific Integrity

The IAFNS Assembly on Scientific Integrity has updated its Guiding Principles for Funding Food Science and Nutrition Research to provide a modernized framework for minimizing bias and promoting integrity in industry-funded research.

Read more about An Updated Framework for Industry Funding of Food and Nutrition Research: Managing Financial Conflicts and Scientific Integrity

Update on “A Partnership for Public Health: USDA Global Branded Food Products Database”

IAFNS is one of six partners whose goal is to improve public health and the sharing of open data by expanding and enhancing the USDA National Nutrient Database — now known as USDA FoodData Central — with nutrient composition and ingredient information on branded and private label foods to better reflect the food supply.

Read more about Update on “A Partnership for Public Health: USDA Global Branded Food Products Database”

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Events

Year of Open Science

Virtual, Event

The Center for Open Science (COS), in collaboration with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, hosted a no-cost, online culminating conference on March 21 and 22, 2024.

Read more about Year of Open Science

Metascience 2023 Conference

Washington, United States

The scientific community is making a conscious shift towards transparency in science and is seeking prescriptive ideas on how the research process can be improved. The Metascience 2023 Conference will bring together researchers and stakeholders to share ideas to make meaningful change to the practice of research and foster a culture of continuous experimentation and improvement.

Read more about Metascience 2023 Conference

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IAFNS will present at the American Public Health Association 2024 Annual Meeting & Expo, showcasing new work on funded projects.

Open Science Practices in Food and Nutrition Research: Advancing Transparency and Collaboration in the Field Expand

Tuesday, October 29, 2024, 4:30 - 6:00 pm Central Time

Introduction: The scientific community is making a conscious shift towards transparency in science to improve trust in scientific findings. As an organization (IAFNS) that funds food and nutrition research for the benefit of public health, it is critical to adopt a strategic approach to ensure transparency and integrity in the work that is funded.

Approach: To increase the transparency and rigor of funded science, the integration of open science practices, such as pre-registration of projects and open access publishing are key. Additionally, implementation of funding guidelines to safeguard the integrity of the research record plays a vital role in shifting towards increased transparency.

Furthermore, fostering collaborations that can support new opportunities for diverse participation decreases barriers to access and participate in food and nutrition science. This includes prioritizing students from underrepresented backgrounds for participation in research fellowships and proactively reaching out to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in Request for Proposal process.

Results: These practices have led to greater viewership of funded projects on a publicly accessible database, diversified authorship in peer-reviewed publications and increased participation in institution-hosted events. In 2023, IAFNS funded work resulted in peer-reviewed publications involving 91 authors from 49 affiliations and hosted events (webinar and in-person) featuring 148 presenters from 108 organizations.

Discussion: The cumulative efforts to increase the transparency and accessibility of food and nutrition science gives the public greater visibility and trust in the scientific findings. By offering opportunities for diverse participation, we enhance diverse ideas to tackle key challenges in food and nutrition science.

See the session details here.

Supported by: The IAFNS Assembly on Scientific Integrity

Aligning Consumer Perceptions with the Science: Can Brain Benefits that Consumers seek be Measured with Existing Cognitive Performance Tools? Expand

Sunday, October 27, 2024, 5:00 p.m. Central Time

Abstract: 552349
Format: Poster
Session: Food & Nutrition Poster Session 4

Supported by: The IAFNS Cognitive Health Committee.  

For more information on the APHA conference, click here.
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IAFNS participated in the American Society for Nutrition Annual meeting - NUTRITION 2023 - presenting new work on funded projects.

Are We Ready? Resilience as a Biomarker for a "Healthy" Gut Microbiome Expand

Monday, July 24, 2023

2:00-3:30 pm ET

In partnership with the Nutritional Microbiology GEM and the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics

Chair: J. Phil Karl, PhD, RD, USARIEM

Speakers:

Curtis Huttenhower, PhD
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Abigail Johnson, PhD, RD
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota Jotham Suez, PhD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Supported by: IAFNS Gut Microbiome Committee

It's Time to Quantify Intake Recommendations for Dietary Bioactives Expand

Sunday, July 23, 2023

8:00-9:30 a.m. E.T.

In partnership with the Research Interest Section on Bioactives

Chairs:

Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
Tufts University School of Medicine Charlene Van Buiten, PhD
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Colorado State University Speakers:
It is time to translate research evidence into quantified dietary bioactive intakes
John Erdman, Jr., PhD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Flavan-3-ols evidence translated into a quantified guideline
Gunter Kuhnle, PhD
University of Reading
Reading, England, United Kingdom It's time to quantify lutein intakes to support normal vision
Paul Bernstein, MD, PhD
University of Utah It's time to quantify omega-3 intakes to support normal pregnancy term
Susan Carlson, PhD
University of Kansas Medical Center Panel on next steps to communicate recommended intakes through health care providers.
Speakers and Julie Poteet, OD MS CNS FONS, Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society

A collaboration with the IAFNS Lipids Committee and Bioactives Committee

For more information, see here.

USDA Global Branded Food Products Database Part of session: "Public Data Sharing - New Norms, Current State of Affairs, and Best Practices Going Forward" Expand

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

8:30-9:30 a.m. E.T.

Supported by: USDA Global Branded Food Products Database Partners

Presenters:

Kyle McKillop, MS, USDA-ARS

Alanna Moshfegh, MS, RD, USDA-ARS

For more information, see here.

Sodium Contributions of Categories of Food Obtained from Restaurants and Stores, Estimated by Considering Foods in Their As-Eaten Form: NHANES, 2009-2018 Expand

Poster Number: P14-041-23

Sunday, July 23, 2023

12:45-1:45 p.m. E.T.

Presenters:

Debra R. Keast, PhD, Food and Nutrition Database Research

Patricia Guenther, PhD, RD, Guenther Consulting

Supported by: IAFNS Sodium Committee

For more information, see here.

The Broader Dietary Value and Consequences of Top Food Categories of Sodium Intake Expand

Poster Number: P24-001-23

Monday, July 24, 2023

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. E.T.

Presenter: Mavra Ahmed, PhD, University of Toronto

Co-authors:

Anthea Christoforou, PhD
University of Toronto Mary R. L'Abbe, PhD
University of Toronto Christine Mulligan, BSc
University of Toronto Alena P. Ng, Msc.
University of Toronto

Supported by: IAFNS Sodium Committee

For more information, see here.

An Overview of Reviews on the Association of Low-Calorie Sweetener Consumption With Body Weight and Adiposity Expand

Poster Number: P31-025-23

Monday, July 24, 2023

12:45-1:45 p.m. E.T.

Presenter: Kelly Higgins, PhD, MPH, USDA ARS

Co-authors:

Rita Rawal, PhD, RD
USDA-ARS Matthew Kramer
USDA-ARS (retired) David J. Baer, PhD
USDA-ARS David Klurfeld, PhD
Indiana University,
School of Public Health-Bloomington

Supported by: IAFNS Low- and No-Calorie Sweetener Committee.

For more information, see here.

 

Low-Carbohydrate Dietary Patterns are Associated with Beneficial Long-term Changes in Systemic Markers of Inflammation in the Framingham Offspring Cohort Expand

Poster Number: P29-002-23

Monday, July 24, 2023

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. E.T.

Presenter: Ghaida Aloraini, Tufts University

Co-authors:

Nicola M. McKeown, PhD
Boston University Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc
JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University Sai Krupa K. Das, PhD
JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University Paul F. Jacques, DSc
Tufts University

Supported by: IAFNS Lipids Committee

For more information, see here.

 

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IAFNS will present at the American Public Health Association 2024 Annual Meeting & Expo, showcasing new work on funded projects.

Open Science Practices in Food and Nutrition Research: Advancing Transparency and Collaboration in the Field Expand

Tuesday, October 29, 2024, 4:30 - 6:00 pm Central Time

Introduction: The scientific community is making a conscious shift towards transparency in science to improve trust in scientific findings. As an organization (IAFNS) that funds food and nutrition research for the benefit of public health, it is critical to adopt a strategic approach to ensure transparency and integrity in the work that is funded.

Approach: To increase the transparency and rigor of funded science, the integration of open science practices, such as pre-registration of projects and open access publishing are key. Additionally, implementation of funding guidelines to safeguard the integrity of the research record plays a vital role in shifting towards increased transparency.

Furthermore, fostering collaborations that can support new opportunities for diverse participation decreases barriers to access and participate in food and nutrition science. This includes prioritizing students from underrepresented backgrounds for participation in research fellowships and proactively reaching out to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in Request for Proposal process.

Results: These practices have led to greater viewership of funded projects on a publicly accessible database, diversified authorship in peer-reviewed publications and increased participation in institution-hosted events. In 2023, IAFNS funded work resulted in peer-reviewed publications involving 91 authors from 49 affiliations and hosted events (webinar and in-person) featuring 148 presenters from 108 organizations.

Discussion: The cumulative efforts to increase the transparency and accessibility of food and nutrition science gives the public greater visibility and trust in the scientific findings. By offering opportunities for diverse participation, we enhance diverse ideas to tackle key challenges in food and nutrition science.

See the session details here.

Supported by: The IAFNS Assembly on Scientific Integrity

Aligning Consumer Perceptions with the Science: Can Brain Benefits that Consumers seek be Measured with Existing Cognitive Performance Tools? Expand

Sunday, October 27, 2024, 5:00 p.m. Central Time

Abstract: 552349
Format: Poster
Session: Food & Nutrition Poster Session 4

Supported by: The IAFNS Cognitive Health Committee.  

For more information on the APHA conference, click here.
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