IUNS First Newsletter 2012

IUNS First Newsletter 2012
 
From the IUNS President
 
Dear colleagues, 
Since October 2009, the IUNS Council has been working on different forward-looking issues. A “permanent” Secretariat was established and a new, more functional website was designed to present IUNS as the forum of nutrition sciences worldwide and to facilitate communication with the Adhering Bodies and all IUNS partners. IUNS continues to cooperate with key international agencies and has signed a cooperation agreement with the World Health Organization. Some IUNS council members are involved in different WHO activities relating to health promotion and disease prevention. IUNS continues to promote the advancement of the science of nutrition research and development through international cooperation. An example of this is the founding of the Fundacion Iberoamericana de Nutricion (FINUT) as a cooperation project of IUNS with the Spanish Nutrition Society.
 
The IUNS International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) is the global forum for interactions in research information exchange. The preparation of the upcoming 20th IUNS ICN by the Spanish Nutrition Society is progressing very well and will be held 15th-20th September 2013 in Granada. In all its actions, IUNS remains transparent and accountable to the Adhering Bodies; it works in partnerships, but places public interest first. To guide its interactions with the private sector, guidelines for “IUNS Private .Sector.Engagement  Policy” were approved and published, which will be applied by the organization of IUNS international and regional congresses. For more information, see the new IUNS web site: http://www.iuns.org
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Emer. Prof. Dr. I. Elmadfa
IUNS-President
Institute of Nutritional Sciences
University of Vienna
Althanstr. 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
T: +43 1 4277 54911
F: -43 1 4277 9549
M: ibrahim.elmadfa@univie.ac.at
 
IUNS Activity Update (2010-2012)
 
The International Union of Nutritional Sciences’ (IUNS) activities are executed through its Adhering Bodies (AB) and Affiliated Bodies (AfB). These are country and regional nutrition associations that form the membership of IUNS. IUNS also has Task Forces that work on specific nutrition related topics to generate a better understanding of the issue.  Currently IUNS has about 80 AB and 15 AfB. Several new applications for AB and AfB membership have been received and considered by Council. These will be ratified at the General Assembly at the International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain in September 2013.
IUNS’ activities are driven by its mission of promoting the advancement of the science of nutrition, research and development through international cooperation globally. IUNS accomplishes its mission through its Task Forces and ABs.
 
1. IUNS Task Forces 
 In April 2010, Council approved ten Task Forces to operate for the next four years:
1. Diet, nutrition and long-term health. Chair: Hinke Haisma
2. Traditional, indigenous and ethnic foods. Chair: Harriet Kuhnlein
3. INFOODS (Food biodiversity). Chair: L Ruth Charrondiere
4. Prevention and control of malnutrition. Chairs: Ann Ashworth-Hill and Allan Jackson
5. Redefining food quality. Chairs: Lindsay Allen and Suzanne Murphy
6. Harmonizing nutrient-based guidelines. Chair: Ibrahim Elmadfa
7. Capacity development and leadership in nutrition. Chair: Ibrahim Elmadfa
8. Nutrition security and rural-urban transition. Chair: Osman Galal
9. Gene-nutrient interaction. Chair: Ben van Ommen and Alfredo Martinez
10. Assessing benefits of nutritionals and nutraceuticals. Chair: V Prakash
 
Achievements of Task Forces 
Task Forces are at various levels of activity and this is reflected in their output.
 
The Task Force on Prevention and Control of Malnutrition has developed three competency-based e-learning modules for the identification, treatment and prevention of malnutrition. These modules are captured in a CD and are available for incorporation into undergraduate training courses in nutrition, medicine, and nursing and for in-service training of health professionals. A paper has been published (“Malnutrition treatment to become a core competency” by C Schofield, A Ashworth and AA Jackson. Arch Dis Childhood. March 2011). The Meeting of the International Malnutrition Task Force (IMTF), Vienna, March 19-20, 2012, hosted by IAEA, included participants from WHO, IUNS, International Pediatric Association (IPA) and IMTF-linked centres from Asia (ICDDR,B), Africa (University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka), and Latin America (INTA). The group met to consider severe acute malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, to review progress over the past year in advancing IMTF’s priority agenda, and to identify new opportunities to advance the work in training and research in collaboration with the sponsoring institutions. Copies of the slide presentations are downloadable at www.imtf.org. A joint IAEA-IMTF meeting will be held in Accra on December 10-11th 2012. Suggested topics include case studies to capture experience in various countries especially of what works in relation to malnutrition treatment, prevention, and efforts to build capacity; recent developments in treatment of shock, infections, and infants aged <6m; integration of malnutrition treatment within the health system; and integration of prevention/treatment with other sectors. A further joint IAEA-IMTF meeting is planned for the first quarter of 2013 in Bangladesh. The website of this Task Force is www.imtf.org.
 
Task Force on INFOODS: The achievements of this TF include several publications such as i) Guidelines on the compilation of food composition data to assist countries to harmonize their compilation process (Rand et al 1991); ii) INFOODS food matching guidelines (FAO/INFOODS, 2011) to guide users on how to match food composition data to food in INFOOD composition databases to estimate nutrient intakes. (Available at: http://www.fao.org/infoods/projects.en.stm); iii) Development of various regional Food Composition Tables.  This TF has organized over 20 international training courses on food compositions. Several of these courses were in developing countries.  A database management tool (the compilation tool) has been developed and has been widely distributed.
 
Task Force on Traditional, indigenous and cultural foods and nutrition: The activities of the Task Force reflect continuing involvement with 12 case study partners in the Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems for Health program.  During May-July, 2012, 7 videos prepared with the case study partners are shown in the main foyer of the United Nations building in New York City.  The films were prepared by KP Studios (www.indigenousnutrition.org) and feature the food systems and people engaged with indigenous communities of Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia), Awajun (Peru), Maasai (Kenya), Gwich’in (Canada), Baffin Inuit (Canada) and Nuxalk (Canada), Ainu (Japan), Igbo (Nigeria), Bhil (India), Zaheerabad Dalit (India), Inga (Colombia), and Karen (Thailand).  The film showing is sponsored by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
 
Following publication of the book Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems: the many dimensions of culture, diversity and environment for nutrition and health by HV Kuhnlein, B Erasmus and D Spigelski, available from FAO and on-line, the sequel to this publication will be released during summer of this year.  This new book has 16 chapters and is titled Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems and Well-being: Interventions and Policies for Healthy Communities, edited by HV Kuhnlein, B Erasmus, D Spigelski and B Burlingame.
A publication about the Karen food traditions was published by Asia Pacific UNESCO (2012), and the Pohnpei and Karen food systems were highlighted in a presentation made to the World Public Health Nutrition Association Congress in Rio in April, 2012. 
  
2. IUNS – International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN), Granada, Spain 
The 20th IUNS-ICN has been scheduled for September 15-20, 2013. The ICN will be hosted by the Spanish Nutrition Society (SEN) under the theme “Joining Cultures through Nutrition.” A number of educational workshops are planned as forerunners to the Congress. The first of such workshops took place on Nov 7, 2011. These workshops will be held every 3 months until the Congress begins. The Scientific Advisory Group is working with the Local Organizing Committee to put together a “delectable” scientific program. Groups and Organizations interested in sponsoring an activity can contact the conference Organizing Committee at agil@icn2013.com. The updated newsletter for the IUNS 20th ICN is available here. The newsletter includes important dates for the Agenda (Abstract Submission and registration dates) and clicking in «more info» you can access to the Congress Web in which one can find all details regarding the topics and subtopics that have been recently updated based on the last meeting of the Congress Programme Committee held late June. An update of the Program with tentative titles for Symposia and other sessions will be available by early October this year after the CPC meeting we have scheduled in late September in Zaragoza with the occasion of the SEN Congress. The scientific participation of IUNS in ICN is centered on Task Forces presentation in addition to organization aspects.
 
 
3. IUNS and Public Private Partnerships 
To guide IUNS in its interaction with the private sector, the “IUNS Private Sector Engagement Policy” has been published (SCN News #39 2011 page 78). IUNS has signed a scientific agreement with Unilever (2009-2011 and 2011-2013). Under this agreement, Unilever supports IUNS capacity building effort by supporting the participation of young investigators in the ICN and other IUNS-AB regional conferences. In the coming year, the collaboration will cover workshops in different regions on “changing behavior of consumers regarding salt/sodium consumption”.
On April 7, 2011, IUNS in collaboration with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), UNICEF and Unilever, organized a workshop on “Fat in the critical 1000 days: ensuring adequacy of essential dietary fats for mothers and young children in low and middle income countries”. The proceedings of the workshop is available at http://www.gainhealth.org/events/fat-critical-1000-days.
 
 
4. IUNS and Regional Congresses 
IUNS Council participated fully in the Federation of the European Nutrition Societies (FENS) conference in October 2011. IUNS organized three symposia sessions that focused on nutritional issues from the regions:
i) Global food crisis: Effect on food and nutrition security in Africa.
ii) Institutional capacity development in nutrition and nutrition leadership programs in Europe.
iii) Nutrition in Asia-Pacific: The new face of malnutrition in Asia-Pacific.
Programs from these specifically focused symposia on Africa, Americas and Asian-Pacific nutritional issues may be found on the website: http://www.fensmadrid2011.com/

Austrian Nutrition Society (ANS) celebrates 60th anniversary: A conference was organized (October 2011) to commemorate the occasion under the theme: Nutrition in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. IUNS Council members participated by presenting the following:
i) Non-Communicable Diseases: Global public health concerns (I Elmadfa)
ii) Prevalence of NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa (A Lartey)
iii) Prevalence of NCDs in South-East Asia (E Wasantwisut)
iv) Folate/Vitamin B12 requirements with focus on controversies concerning recommendations (L Allen)
v) To improve diet quality: Do the best, food based! (S Murphy)
vi) Food fermentation- an old/new trend for food for better health (V Prakash)
 
On the first day of the three day international conference in Vienna, lectures presented the latest findings in prevention of nutrient deficiency and malnutrition as well as nutrition therapy of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are about to be held. Further on the food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) for Austria, the guideline «carbohydrate» of the German Nutrition Society, and the new position paper on «hypertension and healthy diet» of the ANS.
 
The central topic of the second day Sessions I and II was the «World Health Organisation (WHO) Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2008-2013» with the aim to promote national programs with a focus on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes mellitus, which are responsible for 35 million deaths each year. The international community was invited to take all necessary and appropriate measures for the prevention and control of NCDs. In this context data was presented on the prevalence of NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean region and Europe. 

During the last years, most European countries have developed national nutrition action plans. High-level representatives of the responsible ministries will provide insights into the «IN FORM – The German National Action Plan for the Prevention of Poor Dietary Habits, Lack of Physical Activity, Overweight and Related Diseases,» the «Swiss National Programme on diet and physical activity 2008-2012 (NPDPA)» and the «Austrian National Nutrition Action Plan (NAP.e). The Austrian National Nutrition Action Plan was published in January 2011 and follows the «health in all policies» principle with clearly defined goals to be reached until 2020. Our society was involved in the development and implementation of the NAP.e. One of its main goals is to reduce overweight and malnutrition within the next ten years.
 
Session III focused on the increasing health care costs due to the current epidemic of obesity and other lifestyle diseases, the question of colon cancer regarding the impact of nutrition as well as the topic of biomarkers of inflammation and CVDs in obese prepubertal children. Session IV offered further highlights on reducing population salt intake, personalized nutrition and the role of physical activity in the prevention of CVDs to facts and fiction about alcohol and cardiovascular health.
 
On the third day, Sessions V and VI illuminated the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies such as iodine, vitamin B12, folate and iron. Finally, strategies to improve diet quality by consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reducing foods that are high in calories, saturated fats, added sugars and sodium were presented. A poster session followed by a poster award completed the scientific meeting.
 
The XI Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN), with the theme “Nutrition Well-Being for a Progressive Asia”, was successfully organized and hosted in Singapore by the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA) from 13-16 July 2011 at the Suntec International Convention Centre.  This once-in-four-years “Olympics of Nutrition for Asia” is a main nutrition conference for the nutrition and healthcare professional fraternity for over 18 countries in Asia under the auspices of the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS),and was collaborated with the Health Promotion Board, supported by National University of Singapore, Singapore Food Manufacturers Association (SFMA) , Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology (SIFST) and Singapore Tourism Board, and sponsored by over 28 companies and organizations.
 
The XI ACN  offered more than 120 lectures with 1 keynote lecture, 6 plenary sessions, 24 symposia, 46 free papers, more than 300 poster presentations and choices of 4 half-day educational tours featuring Singapore’s nutrition education program for the community and healthcare institutions for best practice sharing and knowledge transfer. This important conference was attended by 1,078 participants including past and current Presidents of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), leaders from FANS, top nutrition scientists, policy makers, practitioners from over 40 countries, to a resounding success based on feedback from participants who commended on the quality of the congress and systematic organization.
 
Participation of IUNS Council at the XI ACN:
-Welcome remarks, presentation on ‘Dietary assessment: new development in addressing a continuing challenge’ and Chair of the Closing Plenary Session (I Elmadfa)
-Presentation on ‘Food fortification: Thailand’s experience’, Chair one plenary and one symposium (E Wasantwisut)
 
The 2nd Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) Congress on the theme “Accelerating Nutrition Action for Africa’s Development” was held from 12 to 15 September, 2011 in the International Conference Center in Abuja, Nigeria in Collaboration with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria. Because of the unfortunate event preceding the congress (the bombing of the UN offices in Abuja) UN personnel scheduled to give presentations could not attend the Conference. The dedication and tenacity of the local organizing committee ensured that the conference proceeded smoothly. A short ceremony was held in memory of the late Prof. Michael Latham’s contributions to nutrition in Africa.
Professor Joyce Kinabo was elected President of FANUS for the next four years. Professor Anna Lartey represented the IUNS President at the meeting. Prof Rekia Belahsen gave a lecture on “metabolic syndrome in Africa: Consequence of Nutrition Transition”.
 
The Middle East and North Africa Nutrition Association (MENANA) held its Council meeting during the workshop held in Amman, Jordan (February 21-23, 2012) on: “The Standards Harmonization for Wheat and Maize Flour Fortification by Vitamins and Minerals in the Eastern Mediterranean Region & UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Region organised by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) in collaboration with the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI). Professor Ibrahim Khatib was elected President of MENANA for the next four years. Professor Ibrahim Elmadfa, the IUNS President and Prof. Rekia Belahsen, IUNS Secretary General were invited to participate. Professor Ibrahim Elmadfa presented on “Safety aspects of flour fortification: experience from Europe.” 

5.  IUNS Council members support the SUN Movement 
In September 2010 a global movement called Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) was launched by global leaders including the UN Secretary General (Ban Ki Moon) and the US Secretary of State (Mrs. Hilary Rodham Clinton). The purpose of this movement is to harness increased political commitment to address the high burden of malnutrition. The SUN Movement provides opportunity for high malnutrition burdened countries, that sign up as SUN countries, to commit to scale up successful nutrition interventions. The SUN Movement focuses action on the first 1000 days (covering pregnancy to 24 months after birth), the window of opportunity to prevent malnutrition. The Coordinator of SUN is Dr David Nabbaro, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition. The SUN Movement brings together international donors, civil society groups, development agencies, private sector and governments to work to scale up actions to tackle undernutrition within countries. IUNS was represented by its President Ibrahim Elmadfa.  Although IUNS has not formally engaged with SUN, several IUNS Council members are involved at various levels with running the SUN Movement. Emorn Wasantwisut serves on the SUN transition team, Anna Lartey is one of the Co-facilitators of the SUN Civil Society network and Godwin Ndossi serves on the Tanzania SUN platform. IUNS fully supports the objective of SUN. IUNS can support SUN by providing technical assistance to its Adhering Bodies that are members of SUN. IUNS Adhering Bodies are encouraged to join the SUN platforms in their countries through their National SUN Civil Society groups. 
  
6. IUNS Training and Capacity Building activities 
Building capacity of young nutrition scientists is at the core of IUNS activities. IUNS initiated the Nutrition Leadership Program (NLP) in the early 1990s. Today the NLPs have been held in all regions (Europe, Africa and Latin America). The European Nutrition Leadership Program (ENLP) has over 500 alumni while the African Nutrition Leadership Program (ANLP) has trained over 200 young scientists from Africa. It is noteworthy that our in-coming President for 2013 (Dr Anna Lartey) is a graduate of the first ANLP-2002.
 
Photos from the Chinese Nutrition Society NLP-workshop:
IUNS is also giving support to the University of Navarrra and Universidad del País Vasco Summer Course in GLOBAL HEALTH AND INDIVIDUALIZED NUTRITION held in San Sebastian August 22-24, 2012. Information: Secretaría de los Cursos – Ikastaroen Idazkarit za,  Apartado 1042 Postakutxa – 20080 Donostia-San Sebastián – Tel. 943219511 • 699492271 – Fax 943219598 – cverano@ehu.eshttp://www.sc.ehu.es/cursosverano

7. Representation by IUNS President in events
The IUNS President, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Elmadfa, was active in the following areas: 
-Nomination as member of the WHO International Advisory Council (WHO-ICN).
-Participation in the 1st Meeting of the Global Forum of the WHO Global Non-Communicable Diseases Network (NCDnet) in February 2010 at the WHO meeting in Geneva.
-Publication of an Editorial on “Towards Preventing Noncommunicable Diseases: The New WHO Global Noncommunicable Disease Network http://content.karger.com/eproof/index.asp?id=ANM1C88B87
-Signing a Cooperation Agreement with WHO
-Second meeting of the WHO-IAC of the NCDnet, 19th September 2010 in NY City
– United Nations Mellinium Development Goals (UN-MDG) High-Level Meeting, 20-22 September 2010 in NY City
-1000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future- Partnering to reduce Child Undernutrition; hosted by H.R. Clinton, Secretary of State of USA and Micael Martin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, 21 September 2010 in NY City
-Invitation to the XV SLAN congress, Santiago de Chile. Lectures by Ricardo Uauy (Current recommendations on Fats and fatty acids) and Ibrahim Elmadfa (Global aspects of fat and fatty acid intake)
-Meeting oft he ICSU International Union of Sciences, 7th-8th April 2010, Paris
-Third International Expert Meeting on the Role of Fats in Human Nutritin, 28th May 2010 in Maastricht
– Founding the Fundacion Iberoamericana de Nutricion (FINUT) as an cooperation project of IUNS and the Spanish Nutrition Society 
  
8. The way forward 
Several additional activities are now underway.
 
i) Revamping the IUNS website- The IUNS website is undergoing re-construction. The new interactive website should be launched soon. We crave the indulgence of our Adhering Bodies and Affiliated Bodies for the delay in updating the website.
 
ii) IUNS General Assembly- In preparation for the IUNS General Assembly in September 2013, Adhering Bodies are to note that elections for the next Council members will take place at the General Assembly in 2013 in Granada, Spain. Adhering Bodies are to forward the names of potential candidates to the Secretary General for consideration by the Nominating Committee. The deadline for the submission of names is March 2013.
 
iii) IUNS Satellite Forum- Council is considering the initiation of an IUNS Satellite Forum that will discuss topical issues in nutrition. It is proposed that the Forum will occur every other year. This will be placed before the General Assembly for discussion and approval.
 
iv) IUNS Training activities- Under the IUNS International Malnutrition Task Force (IMTF), two competency-based training workshops are planned. The first will be in Accra, Ghana from December 10-14, 2012. A second workshop planned for the Asia region in 2013 will be held in Bangladesh. The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen and build capacity of nutritionists, medical, nursing and other health professionals in the management and prevention of malnutrition. 
  
9. Recent meetings 
i) The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition(7th APCCN) was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 6th -8th June 2011. 
APCNS Council members
Princess Soamsawali of Thailand with APCNS Awardees
The conference was themed «Optimizing clinical nutrition in adult/pediatrics and dietary supplements/vegetarianism” and involved a wide spectrum of professionals interested in patient nutrition, with a comprehensive scientific program on the most current topics in the field. There were 709 participants, 226 from Thailand and 483 from 51 other nations and regions. Participants included clinicians, dieticians, nutritionists, doctors, hospital pharmacists, nursing staff, food scientists and postgraduate students. Participants acquired knowledge and practical expertise on key topics including: enteral/parenteral nutrition; clinical nutrition in inflammatory diseases, allergy and immunology; micro/macronutritients in clinical practice, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals and vegetarianism in clinical nutrition; clinical nutrition and metabolism; and commercial and infant formulas in clinical practice. A total of 403 abstracts were accepted, with 110 oral, 259 poster and 34 young investigator presentations. The Royal opening ceremony and Royal award ceremony was held on the 6th June 2011. Princess Soamsawali of Thailand attended the event. She issued the APCNS Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Mark L Wahlqvist, APCNS Award for 2007 to Professor Duo Li, APCNS Award for 2008 to Professor Widjaja Lukito, APCNS Award for 2010 to Professor Wen-Harn Pan and APCNS Award for 2010 to Professor Junshi Chen. During the conference the new term of APCNS Council members were elected. The 8th APCCN will be held in Tokyo, Japan, June 2013.
 
ii) The 16th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD), hosted by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), will be held in Sydney from 5-8 September 2012. The ICD 2012 provides an amazing avenue for dietitians to collaborate and share ideas with international colleagues, explore new directions and debate topics with experts from across the globe.  With the theme – LEAP: Leadership, Evidence and Advancing Practice an exciting program has been developed by DAA. Sessions will consist of lectures by high profile international speakers, and interactive workshops and seminars. And participants will have access to a wide range of submitted papers. For more information, visit: www.icd2012.com  and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/icd2012 If you are interested in further information on the Congress, including regular updates, please register your interest at the ‘Expressions of interest’ section on the home page of the ICD website.
 
iii) The Nutrition Society of the United Kingdom held its summer meeting 16 – 19 July 2012 at Queen’s University Belfast. Hosted by the Irish Section, the meeting focused on Translational nutrition: integrating research, practice and policy. The programme included four symposia on: 1) Innovation in diet and lifestyle assessment; 2) Intervention study design and personalised nutrition; 3) Diet, insulin resistance and diabetes; and 4) Diet and ageing. Upcoming Nutrition Society meetings in 2012 will be the 10 – 11 September 2012 Nutrition Society Postgraduate Conference, University of Newcastle, UK and the 11 – 12 December 2012 Royal Society of Medicine conference jointly with the Nutrition Society, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK, Dietary strategies for the management of cardiovascular risk. Full details are available on the Nutrition Society website (http://www.nutritionsociety.org/events
  
10. Upcoming Meetings 
i) Nutrition Congress Africa 2012, “Transforming the Nutritional Landscape in Africa,” will be held 30 September – 04 October at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.  
Jointly hosted by the Nutrition Society of South Africa, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa and the African Nutrition Society, the theme for the 2012 Congress, “Transforming the Nutrition Landscape in Africa,” will focus on improving the nutrition situation in Africa. Visit the Congress website at www.nutritioncongress.co.za to download a registration brochure.
 
ii) The Chilean Society of Nutrition is organizing the XVIII Conference on Nutrition, called «Nutrition, Exercise and Quality of Life,» which will be held on 6 and 7 December 2012, at Hotel Intercontinental Santiago. The main aim of this conference is to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of food and nutrition and promote exchange of experiences among researchers and students from different regions of the country. The program of the XVIII Conference on Nutrition includes interesting topics in the various fields of nutrition, which will be presented by leading researchers and national and international guests. Online Registration: www.sochinut.cl. Information and registration: Ecco Communications, La Concepción 81, Of. 702, Providencia, Santiago. Phone: (52-2) 264 0785 – E-mail: ecco@eccochile.cl
 
iii) Upcoming American Society of Nutrition (ASN) meetings include:Human Performance and Dietary Supplements Summit in Bethesda, MD(August 9-10, 2012); Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health in Washington, DC (September 19, 2012);2nd ASN Middle Eastern Conference in Dubai, UAE(February 20-22, 2013); and the ASN Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting at EB in Boston, MA (April 20-24, 2013).For more information:www.nutrition.org/meetings
 
11. Other announcements: 
Grant announcement:  [NCI/DCCPS/ARP] Collaboration with USAID – RFA
USAID, in collaboration with NIH, has recently launched its Program titled, “Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research for Health,” also known as PEER-Health for short.   Here is the RFA seeking applications for up to $150,000 per year for three years: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/peerhealth/index.htm 
 

PEER Health is a competitive grants program that supports scientists from USAID‐focus countries who are collaborating with NIH supported researchers on implementation science projects reflecting the health priorities of focus country researchers and governments. The program intends to catalyze high quality, collaborative research projects that will address research‐to‐practice barriers and constraints while simultaneously building professional capacity and cross‐sectoral linkages, particularly between local public health and research institutions and USAID missions. Contact: Susan Scott, MPH. Email: scotts2@mail.nih.gov.
 
Vacancy announcement for a post at FAO Rome on Dietary Assessment has been posted at the FAO Employment website at http://www.fao.org/employment/current-vacancies/professional/en/.
 
If you would like to comment or you want to send a contribution for the next IUNS Newsletter, please contact:
IUNS Secretary General: Prof. Rekia Belahsen (iuns.info.org@gmail.com) or IUNS Administrative Office (IUNS@kenes.com).

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Rekia Belahsen
IUNS Secretary General
 
IUNS Administrative Office
E-mail: IUNS@kenes.com

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