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

Lindsay Allen

USDA and University of California, 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: Can increased vacuolar iron in plant foods be considered a useful form of iron biofortification?

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Navreet Bhullar

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Presentation Title: Biotechnology approaches to increase micronutrient levels in cereals

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Hans Biesalski

University of Hohenheim, Germany

Presentation Title: Role of the gut microbiome in micronutrient bioavailability

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Torsten Bohn

Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg

Presentation Title: Host factors explaining individual variation in carotenoid bioavailability

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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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Daniele Del Rio

University of Parma, Italy

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

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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

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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

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Lynette Neufeld

GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), Switzerland

Presentation Title: Evidence of the efficacy and health benefits of food fortification

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Irwin Rosenberg

Tufts University, Medford, USA

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

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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: Impact of obesity and infection on iron bioavailability

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