• Pauline Lavigne

Evidence Generation in Food and Diet Health Science: Parts 1 and 2

Friday, December 4th: 4:00 – 6:30 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm


We hear a lot about “heart health foods”, but what does that mean and what evidence is available to show increases or decreases in CV risk with particular foods or diet plans? Why is there is much controversy surrounding the optimal diet for CV health? Come hear from the experts during these two sessions on Friday.


Part 1 will be chaired by Dr. Joao Ferreira from the University of Lorraine and Nancy hospital in France, and Dr. Abhinav Sharma from the Divisions of Cardiology and Experimental Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Dr. Salim Yusuf (Hamilton, CAN) a senior investigator on the PURE study, will discuss the impact of socio-economic factors and nutrition on cardiovascular health. Moving away from overall diet and into the concept of mechanistically targeted active food ingredients, we will hear about the potential benefits of foods that target mitochondria, fibrosis, galectin 3, and citrus pectins from Philipp Gut (Nestlé HealthScience, CHE) and Prof. Faiez Zannad (Nancy, FRA).


Have you thought about going vegan? Is it really healthier? What is the evidence? Explore this topic in depth during 3 presentations on the health and environmental impact of plant vs. animal products from nutritionist, Mingyang Song (Boston, USA), and representatives of the food industry, Erin Clayton (Good Food Institute, USA), and Uma Valeti (Memphis Meats, USA). Additional speakers include Prof. Stefan Anker (Berlin, GER), and Dr. David Ludwig (Boston, USA).


Take a break, stretch your legs, grab your favourite Friday night beverage, but make sure you log back on by 7 pm to participate in Part 2 of the food and diet session. Part 2 will be chaired by Dr. Javed Butler from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson, USA, and Prof. Ramón Estruch, from the Hospital Clinic, in Barcelona, Spain.


Research involving diet and nutrition is among the most challenging. Adherence to diet, geographic location, age, baseline weight, etc… what impact do these confounders have on results and how can we control for the multitude of factors that change in an individual’s diet on a daily basis? This session will concentrate on strategies to facilitate research on diet and bioactive foods. What endpoints are clinically meaningful in nutrition-based research? What are the barriers to implementation of a healthy diet, how can behavioural science help (Miguel Martínez-González, Madrid, ESP)? We will hear viewpoints from regulatory (Fred Senatore, FDA, USA), industry (Pieter Muntendam, G3Pharmaceuticals, USA, and Hans Juergen Woerle, Nestlé HealthScience, CHE), and patients (Denis Janssen, Zuid, NED), Rhonda Monroe, Martinsburg, USA, and Jayna Williams, New Hampshire, USA).


The moderated multi-stakeholder expert panel debate will include one of the largest, most diverse panels of this year’s CVCT. Don’t miss the chance to learn everything you need to know help generate the much needed evidence in the area of the food and diet health sciences.


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