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.
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.
IAFNS's Leadership in Scientific Integrity:
An Updated Framework for Industry Funding of Food and Nutrition Research: Managing Financial Conflicts and Scientific Integrity
The Journal of Nutrition, 2023
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Update on “A Partnership for Public Health: USDA Global Branded Food Products Database”
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 2022
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.
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Scientific Integrity Principles and Best Practices: Recommendations from a Scientific Integrity Consortium
Science and Engineering Ethics, 2019
The Scientific Integrity Consortium developed a set of recommended principles and best practices that can be used broadly across scientific disciplines as a mechanism for consensus on scientific integrity standards and to better equip scientists to operate in a rapidly changing research environment.
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Using Risk of Bias Domains to Identify Opportunities for Improvement in Food- and Nutrition-Related Research: An Evaluation of Research Type and Design, Year of Publication, and Source of Funding
PLoS ONE, 2018
Risk of Bias (ROB) study pinpoints ways to improve quality of food & nutrition research.
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Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting
December 2, 2018 – December 6, 2018
New Orleans, LA, USA
The Society for Risk Analysis 2018 Annual Meeting is the premier opportunity to discuss all avenues of risk analysis with other risk enthusiasts from around the globe.
American Pubic Health Association 2018 Annual Meeting
November 10, 2018 – November 14, 2018
San Diego, CA, USA
APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential annual gathering of public health professionals.
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European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians Conference 2018
September 28, 2018 – September 29, 2018
The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) was established in 1978 and represents over 34,000 dietitians and 9,000 students. This conference addresses a wide range of topics relevant to dietitians today and explores future areas of work for dietitians.
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National Academies of Sciences Government University Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR)
September 20, 2018
Washington, DC, USA
Scientific integrity is of utmost importance for all facets of the scientific community, yet issues continue to be widespread. The Scientific Integrity Consortium recently brought together representatives from multiple sectors to consider a set of principles and best practices to be used broadly across all scientific disciplines as a mechanism for community consensus on scientific integrity standards.
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40th National Nutrient Databank Conference
July 23, 2018 – July 25, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
The Nutrient Databank Conference is held bi-annually to foster communication among nutrient data base generators and users.