Understanding the bioavailability of micronutrients and bioactive compounds for improved public health

Lindsay Allen

PhD, USDA, ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center, Davis, USA

Presentation Title: Vitamin B12 bioavailability and utilization, and possible interactions with folate status

Dr. Allen studies the prevalence, causes and consequences of micronutrient deficiencies, primarily in developing countries, using randomized, controlled human trials testing micronutrient supplements, food fortification, and food-based approaches to improve nutritional status, pregnancy outcome and child development, described in her ≈300 publications.

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Janneke Balk

John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Presentation Title: Vacuolar sequestration of iron in the endosperm of the grain increases the iron content and bioavailability of white wheat flour

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Navreet Bhullar

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Presentation Title: Biotechnology approaches to increasing micronutrient bioavailability in cereals

Dr. Navreet Bhullar leads cereals molecular biology research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. She has aligned her research efforts primarily on the nutritional enhancement of grains as well as on exploration of genetic diversity hidden in crop germplasms and deployment of genetic tools to address the challenges of abiotic and biotic stresses.

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Torsten Bohn

Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg

Presentation Title: Host factors explaining individual variation in carotenoid bioavailability

Dr. Torsten Bohn is a principal investigator at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH). He is a Food Scientist and Nutritionist by training, with a PhD in Human Nutrition obtained from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich).

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Kevin Cashman

University College Cork, Ireland

Presentation Title: Is vitamin D deficiency of public health significance? Health and safety considerations of food fortification

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Kevin D Croft

University of Western Australia, Australia

Presentation Title: Role of the microbiome in bioavailability of dietary polyphenols

Prof Kevin D Croft, PhD FRSC,  PhD, UWA, 1978 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prof Kevin Croft is a Professorial Fellow and Head of Division of Cardiovascular Science in the School of Biomedical Science at the University of Western Australia.

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Daniele Del Rio

University of Parma, Italy

Presentation Title: The importance of gut microbiota-dependent metabolism of polyphenols in determining their health benefits

Prof. Daniele Del Rio is Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Parma, Italy, and the Scientific Director of the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme Global Centre for Nutrition & Health, in Cambridge, UK. He serves as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.

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Sue Fairweather-Tait

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Presentation Title: EFSA’s approach to dealing with bioavailability in setting Dietary Reference Values

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Richard Hurrell

ETH-Zurich, Switzerland

Presentation Title: Food components, food processing and host factors influencing iron bioavailability from biofortifed foods

Richard Hurrell graduated in Food Technology from the University of Reading in the UK in 1969 and after a short spell in the food industry took a Masters in Nutrition and a PhD at the University of Cambridge UK under Kenneth Carpenter specializing in Bioavailability (lysine) and the effect of food processing on nutritional quality of foods.

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Janet King

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and University of California at Berkeley and Davis, USA

Presentation Title: Potential Biomarkers of the Efficacy of Zinc Biofortification

Dr. King has been involved in human nutrition research and in translating research findings into national and international nutrition policy throughout her career.  She is internationally recognized for her research in maternal nutrition and human zinc requirements.

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Paul Kroon

Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK

Dr Paul Kroon is a Research Leader and head of the Polyphenols and Health group at the Quadram Institute (formerly the Institute of Food Research). His research focusses on understanding the mechanisms by which dietary polyphenols are absorbed and exert health benefits.

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Richard Mithen

Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, UK

Presentation Title: Potential health benefits of increasing sulphur uptake and sulphur-containing compounds in Brassica vegetables

Professor Richard Mithen is currently head of the Food Innovation and Health programme at the Quadram Institute Bioscience in Norwich. Following a PhD in plant pathology at the University of East Anglia, he spent four years working as a plant collector in south central Africa.

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Helene McNulty

University of Ulster, UK

Professor Helene McNulty is Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster University.

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Lynnette Neufeld

GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), Switzerland

Presentation Title: Evidence of the impact of food fortification programs on status and functional outcomes

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Ana Rodriguez-Mateos

Kings College London, UK

Presentation Title: Factors affecting the bioavailability of (poly)phenols: Implications for health benefits

Dr. Rodriguez-Mateos is a Lecturer in Nutrition at the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine of King’s College London.

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Irwin Rosenberg

Tufts University, Medford, USA

Presentation Title: Weighing the risks and benefits of folic acid fortification

Doctor Irwin Rosenberg is University Professor of Nutrition and Medicine at Tufts University's USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) and the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy.

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Augustin Scalbert

IARC, Lyon, France

Presentation Title: Mining the polyphenol metabolome in cohort studies to Identify dietary components most protective against chronic diseases

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Michael Zimmerman

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Presentation Title: The role of the gut microbiome in iron bioavailability and safety

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