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'Nutrition Agenda 2008' is focus of Tufts Friedman School Symposium

Eileen T. Kennedy DSc, Dean of Tufts University's Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy announced the 3rd Annual Friedman School Symposium, a conference for nutrition professionals that will examine critical issues facing industry, policy-makers, academics and thought leaders in the coming year.

The conference will be in Boston, September 24th to 26th, 2008.

Fifteen experts will present on four main topic groups:

  • Nutrient Profiling, Scoring and Labeling: Does it Make a Difference?
  • What's Next in Dietary Guidance?
  • Threats and Challenges to Nutrition in an Era of Climate Change.
  • "Hot Topics" including Vitamin B & Cognition, Artificial Sweeteners and Children, Vitamin D and Cancer, Effects of Folate on Cancer Risk, and Probiotics: "Good Bugs? Bad Bugs?"

Former US Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman will be this year's keynote speaker. Glickman served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001. He also has served as Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Speakers from both the US and Europe include:

Cindy Davis, PhD
Program Director
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
"Update on Cancer & Vitamin D. New Surprises? What's Around the Corner?"

Adam Drewnowski, PhD
Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
Director, Nutritional Sciences Program, University of Washington
"Labeling: A U.S. Perspective"

Adrian Dubock, PhD
Agricultural Consultancy for Development GmbH, Switzerland
"Biofortification, GM Crops: Challenges and Opportunities"

Patricia Hibberd, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Global Health Research, Tufts University
Professor, Departments of Public Health and Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
"Probiotics: Good Bugs? Bad Bugs?"

Janet King, PhD
Professor of Nutrition and Internal Medicine, UC Davis
Professor of Nutrition, UC Berkeley
Scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
"Wish List for Dietary Guidelines 2010"

Ronald Kleinman, MD
Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
Physician in Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
"Artificial Sweeteners & Children"

Joel B. Mason, MD
Scientist I and Director, Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
"Effects of Folate on Cancer Risk: A Double-edged Sword?"

William A. Masters, PhD
Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Associate Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
"The World Food Crisis: Trends, Cycles and Shocks"

Lynn Parker, PhD
Institute of Medicine Scholar and Study Director for Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention
"Policy & Politics of Children Nutrition Programs"

Peter Rogers, PhD
Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering and
Professor of City and Regional Planning, Harvard University
"Water & Climate: Changing Resources Impact on Nutrition"

Sean Strain, PhD
Professor of Human Nutrition
Director, Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health Centre for Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Life & Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine
"Health Claims in Europe"

Aron Troen, PhD
Scientist, Vitamin Metabolism Laboratory, Nutrition and Neurocognition Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
"Vitamin B and Cognition. Is There Breakthrough News?"

Nancy S. Wellman, PhD, RD, FADA
Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University
Director, National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
"Nutrition Programs for Older Adults"

Facilitated discussion sessions will complement each series of talks, giving registrants an opportunity to participate in smaller group discussions on topics related to the plenary session themes.


Contact: Mark Krumm
Tufts University, Health Sciences

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